Sunday Strawberry Tricks & Organic Stuff
I eat a very healthy diet. Almost everything I make, including my spice mixes, I make myself so I know what ingredients I am eating. I eat organic whenever possible, including my condiments, baking goods, and spices. Often times my obsession with needing to know the ingredients of whatever I am eating is annoying to others, I’m sure. But this isn’t because I am some hippie, granola-lovin’, (ex) Boulderite. I need to know what I am eating because if I don’t, it could kill me. I have allergies and food sensitivities to some of the most common ingredients found in most packaged goods. Soy, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, food dyes, 80% of all dairy products…and my beverage limitations: no wheat or hoppy beers, no red or white wine other than sweet Riesling, no coffee, no hot black tea, no soda.
In a nutshell, my diet it pretty pure, but only because it has to be. I have a HUGE sweet tooth and I would down an entire pint of Ben and Jerry’s, often, if I could, but the repercussions from that would take days to recover from. And so, over the past 6 years I have learned what food my body thrives on and what food my body would prefer NEVER TO HAVE IT IN AGAIN AND IF YOU PUT ANY OF THAT CRAP IN ME I WILL LET YOU KNOW HOW COMPLETELY PISSED I AM FOR DAAAAAAYS AT A TIME! – says my body….if I eat something I shouldn’t. It’s kind of limited, but a very healthy diet. When I cook, at least I know what I am eating and as much as possible it is organic, (because, again, don’t let me get started on the whole GMO issue and MONSANTO..because that damn company and their damn seeds have almost killed me 4 times now.) BUT buying all organic does get expensive and sometimes you have to make a choice. Which is why I love this chart of the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15 from my Organic Board.
So strawberries are one of my favorite fruits ever. I remember requesting fruit tarts for my birthdays when I was in middle school, instead of cake. I am weird.
So, organic strawberries it is. They are #3 on the Dirty Dozen list and we eat them every day practically. And so imagine my delight when I stumbled upon the Hull a Strawberry with a Straw pin. Because let’s face it, hulling strawberries kind of sucks. I got out of my seat, grabbed a big, fat straw (we do have multiple sizes, shapes and flexibilities in this house) and hulled an entire pint of strawberries in about half the time.
Here’s the thing though, the strawberries need to be fresh. If you use ones that in in “smoothie shape” (just a day past their prime), it might be a bit difficult. The fruit has to be firm to shove the straw all up in there.
Now if you will excuse me, I have to go test out the Vomit Carpet Cleaner. Every Mother Needs This, pin. It’s been that kind of weekend.