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OSOF Sustainable Me Challenge for April

Written by Stephanie on April 1st, 2017.      0 comments

A new month, a new challenge with 'OSOF (Our Seas Our Future) Sustainable Me Challenge'. Each month this year we will be challenged to test out an environmentally friendly behaviour that in some way impacts ocean health. It gives us the challenge to try something new for the month and decide if we want to adopt it more in our lives. January's challenge was to stay away from one use plastic and styrofoam when eating out, February was to drive less and March was to avoid microplastic and other chemicals in personal products.

This month's challenge takes place in our kitchens, to preserve some fresh, local produce for the depths of winter.  What a great idea!

preservesHere's What They Suggest:

Beginner: Just freeze something. This is the easiest way to preserve fresh foods. Make a basic freezer jam, or simply slice up some plums and pears and stash them away for a winter’s morning.

Step it up: Get preserving! Try out some pickles or jam through the links provided above and below.

Want more? Go crazy in the kitchen with jams, chutneys, sauces, kimchi and soups. How much can you preserve?

See the OSOF website to read how preserving is good for the environment, and find great recipes and ideas.

I recently froze some blueberries and raspberries ready for baking and smoothies and have been planning on making some kimchi and sauerkraut, so this will be a good excuse for me to get my act together!  If you have too much produce you can always swap with your friends. My dad has been giving some of he's bottled beetroot from his garden.  There's nothing like home preserves!  It taste so much better than canned food and it's better for the environment!

This challenge works in perfectly with Sweetree's photo competition!  Email us a photo you have taken of reused glass jars (not just Sweetree jars) being used creatively and you could be in to win $108 worth of goodies!  Show us your storage ideas, preserves, anything!

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