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Port Townsend Food Co-op, 414 Kearney St., Port Townsend, WA, 98368
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Clean Green & Save

April 21st, 2015 by Mindy

cleaning green flowersYou can save money this week on cleaning products in the store. We have several clean, green products to choose from.

To make your own and save even more, see the recipes below made with household ingredients. A nice touch is to add essential oils for fragrance.

 

All-purpose Cleaner

• 1/4 cup baking soda
• 1/2 cup vinegar
• 1/2 gallon water

Floor Cleaner

To clean linoleum or vinyl, combine:
• 1 cup vinegar
• 3 drops of baby oil
• 1 gallon of warm water

Apply using a mop or sponge.

To clean wooden floors, combine:

• 3 cups vinegar
• 3 cups vegetable oil

Natural Disinfectant

• 4 tablespoons vinegar
• 1/4 teaspoon liquid castile soap
• 3 cups hot water

Pour into a mist bottle and apply as needed.

Bathroom Cleaners

• To clean a toilet, add 10 drops tea tree oil and 3 cups white vinegar into the toilet bowl and let sit for 15 minutes.

• To clean a shower, fill a spray bottle with half water and half vinegar. Add liquid detergent for extra strength. Leave the spray for 30 minutes before rinsing off. (Vinegar is an excellent ingredient for homemade cleaners used in bathtubs and showers because unlike soap, vinegar does not leave a residue.)

• A spray bottle filled with club soda makes a perfectly efficient glass cleaner.
• Remove rust stains with a paste made from water and cream of tartar.

Kitchen Cleaners

For a natural, borax-free dishwasher soap, you will need:
• 1 cup baking soda
• 1/4 c. citric acid
• 1/4 c. coarse salt
• 10-15 drops of citrus essential oil (optional)

Mix first 3 ingredients well in an air tight container. Add essential oil. Mix again.
• To hand wash dishes, use a liquid soap and add 3 tablespoons of vinegar to the soapy water.

Oven Cleaner

To make a natural oven cleaner, you will need:
• 1 tablespoon liquid castile soap
• 1/4 organic white vinegar
• 1.5 cups baking soda
• water, as needed to make a thick, but spreadable, paste
• 2-4 drops essential oil (optional)

Remove the racks from your oven. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Paint the paste over the entire surface of the oven (using an actual paint brush works well). Let the paste sit for 6-8 hours, or overnight. The paste should foam slightly. Fill a bowl with clean water and, using a sponge or scrubber, wipe away the paste. Repeat until there is no white residue and all the grime is wiped away.

CHEMICALS TO AVOID (from National Geographic’s Green Guide):

Ammonia: cuts grease Why Avoid It: derived from petroleum and known to cause asthma Green Alternative: vinegar

Chlorine: disinfects

Why Avoid It: lung and skin irritant, lethal if ingested, releases mercury
Green Alternative: vinegar, lemon juice, tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil

Monoethanolamine: helps cleaners penetrate grime

Why Avoid It: derived from petroleum, irritates respiratory system
Green Alternative: soy, corn, or coconut-based surfactants

Glycol Ethers: dissolve soil

Why Avoid It: causes nerve damage and infertility, air contaminant
Green Alternative: eucalyptus oil

Alkylphenol Ethoxylates: helps cleaners penetrate grime

Why Avoid It: hormone disruptor, damages fish in US streams
Green Alternative: soy, corn, or coconut-based surfactants

Phthalates: synthetic fragrances

Why Avoid It: hormone disruptor, damages fish in US streams
Green Alternative: essential oils, baking soda deodorizers

Triclosan: disinfectant in antibacterial cleaners

Why Avoid It: forms possible carcinogen, builds up in soil and fish
Green Alternative: hot soapy water, vinegar

 

Spring 2014 Co-op Commons

April 16th, 2014 by Kathie

COMMONS Spring 2014_Page_01Spring is here! Are you ready to garden? Check out our garden planting guide inside!

Winter 2014 Co-op Commons

January 20th, 2014 by Kathie

Commons cover 2014JanFebMarIn this issue we make gluten-free sourdough crepes with Sidonie, meet our Grocery Team Leader Rodney, check out our citrus producers, and give you the low-down on chocolate just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Click on the cover at the left to read the whole issue online.

Ways With Lavender

July 3rd, 2013 by Kathie

lavender

Try these ideas for that bloomin’ lavender! Click the image to see a bigger version of the recipe and enjoy!

Summer 2013 Co-op Commons

July 3rd, 2013 by Kathie

COMMONScoverIn this issue, we introduce the new Board of Directors, define our “net worth,” build the perfect burger, get you started on winter gardening, and report on the reasons why it’s so hard to trust Monsanto. And, as usual, we’ve provided a beautiful back page infographic created by the Food Co-op’s graphic designer Mindy Dwyer. Click the cover to see what else is inside!

Spring 2013 Co-op Commons

April 9th, 2013 by Kathie

NewsltrCoverApr2013In this issue, we provide a map of the new store layout and profiles on all eight (!) candidates for the four open board positions. There are also several ways to save money on food at the Co-op and recipes to try and enjoy. The newsletter is available for free online (click on the cover image at left) and in our store through June.

Vegan, Low-Calorie Cabbage Soup

March 13th, 2013 by Kathie

Zero Cabbage SoupNot only is this recipe low-cal, it’s also delicious! We know because we tried it! You don’t have to go low-cal, of course. Try it with beef or chicken broth and add meat if you wish because recipes are just guidelines. Click the image to see a bigger version of the recipe and enjoy!

Not Your Mother’s Fruit Salad

November 13th, 2012 by Kathie

Cherimoya? Dragon fruit? My mother never bought either in her life. Maybe yours didn’t either.

Occasionally, you’ll find things in our produce department that might be something you’ve never seen before. If so, don’t be shy about asking the produce staff what it is, what it’s for, and what to do with it. They’ll let you sample some, too.

In the case of cherimoya, Wikipedia says that it’s a fruit originally from the Andes, and the name originates from the Quechua word chirimuya, which means “cold seeds.” Sue, one of our produce workers, says if it’s green, it’s not ripe. Wait until it gets brown and mushy and almost looks like its gone bad. Once ripe, it will keep in the refrigerator for about three days.

Then what? Cut it open lengthwise. The seeds are not edible, toxic in fact like the skin, but big enough to pick out easily. Sue says a lot of people just eat it like pudding or custard. Because it has a sherbet-like texture, when eaten chilled and by the spoonful,  it has earned the nicknames, “ice cream fruit” and “custard apples.”

You can also cut it up in chunks and add it to fruit salad. If you Google “cherimoya recipes,” you’ll come up with loads of ideas including a meringue pie, sorbet, waffles, pancakes, and smoothies with which you can use this uncommon fruit.

Dragon fruit, on the other hand, is actually a cactus from Southeast Asia. You’ll know that it’s ripe if it has a little bit, but not much, give. Sources say the shelf life is as long as two-three weeks if refrigerated.

This fruit should also be cut length-wise and can be eaten plain as it tastes similar to a cross between a kiwi and a pear. Inside, you will find either a creamy white or shocking pink. Scoop the fruit out with a spoon and, again, do not eat the skin. The seeds are okay, though. Cut the fruit into cubes, and you are good to go. If you like, it’s okay to use the skin as a bowl to put the fruit into as a colorful serving implement.

Cooks find dragon fruit useful in many of the same ways as cherimoya. Salads, sorbet, salsa…you get the idea. A quick search on the Internet, and you’ll find plenty of ways to make your next meal unique and interesting.

Local Raw Sheep Cheese Arrives at the Co-op!

July 22nd, 2012 by Lauren

Some of you may know that finding a good raw sheep’s milk cheese is difficult- if we are looking domestically in the U.S.. Spain has a long history of raising mountain sheep and creating beautiful cheeses, and this is where we usually go to look for Manchego, Idiazabal, Petit Basque and others. So when we found the Black Sheep Creamery in Adna, Washington, we were delighted to find many different types of raw aged sheep’s milk cheese! Not only is the farm a small family run business, but the cheese is unbelieveable.

Last week we received a wheel of the Fresh Pecorino, aged only 6 months, this cheese is robust in flavor with a silky smooth texture. Aged Pecorino’s have a strong sharp bite that makes it ideal for cooking pastas, pestos, etc. The Fresh Pecorino cheese can be eated raw with fresh fruits or grated and used the same way as an aged cheese.  Somewhat sweet, somewhat salty, if you love sheep cheese you must try.

This week we will try another raw sheep called Mopsy’s Best. Come to the cheese department for a sample and help support our amazing local farmers in Washington State!

 

 

 

Organic cherries are in!

July 19th, 2012 by Mindy

We’re excited that it’s cherry season! In addition to smaller quantities, starting tomorrow, Friday, July 13, the Produce Dept. offers cases of #2 Lapin cherries for sale to those interested in canning, freezing, drying, and/or just plain EATING!

We will receive 20-pound cases of tasty, juicy, certified organic cherries for the next couple of weeks priced at $38.99, but don’t wait, the season will end before you know it! Need an idea? Try this:

GRILLED CHICKEN WITH CHERRY CHUTNEY

1/2 pound fresh cherries, washed & pitted

1/4 cup red onion, diced

1/2 cup red wine

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

4 Tablespoons sugar

1 Tablespoon peeled, minced ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

pinch of cayenne pepper (optional for spicier chutney lovers)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

4 6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts

In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients except the chicken. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer on low for about 1 hour, stirring frequently to prevent burning and sticking. The chutney is finished once it has thickened and there is almost no liquid.

Preheat grill to medium high heat. Season the chicken breast with salt and pepper and grill 5-6 minutes on each side until juices run clear and internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. Remove from heat to a plate and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Serving suggestions: A summery couscous salad studded with grilled vegetables makes a great seasonal side dish. The chutney is also delicious on lamb, pork and duck.

Source: National Cooperative Grocers Association

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