Lower South

July, 2010
Regional Report

Web Finds

National Center for Home Food Preservation

The National Center for Home Food Preservation
is an outstanding source for current, research-based recommendations for most methods of home food preservation. Every veggie gardener should have this one bookmarked!

Tool or Gardening Product

Vitamix
This is no mere blender. I was skeptical at first of the claims for this product, and the price tag caused my jaw to drop. Plus I'm a natural doubter when it comes to miracle gadgets and "dog-and-pony-show" promotions! But I have to tell you that there is no tool associated with my gardening and cooking that I use more often than our Vitamix. Its power and blade speed turns fruit and vegetable into everything from smoothies to soup. The reason for my enthusiasm, however, is that now all those nutrients in a large kale leaf or a zucchini a bit too large to cook or a fresh carrot that would otherwise be waiting for some special "carrot dish" ends up in some tasty mixture, fresh and packed with all the nutrients and healthy compounds it had right after harvest! Simply put, because of this machine we are eating a LOT more fresh produce than we ever did before. Anyone wanna buy a used blender?

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