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Go Green: The definitive guide to Sustainable Travel

It’s inevitable - if you are lucky enough to travel, you’re going to leave a charcoal smudge in your wake. And while planes may spew carbon emissions and plastic bottles may be the general order of the day, you shouldn’t let the guilt dampen your vacation. By being mindful and making simple choices to lighten the blemish on Mother Earth, you can lift the remorse and incorporate a few eco-conscious practices into your life in the process. After all, green travel is not a passing trend, it’s a portable lifestyle choice.  But what exactly is green travel and where does one even begin?  Green travel (or sustainable travel) is all about creating a positive effect on the communities that you visit...

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The Beginner's Guide to Sourdough Bread

As the daughter of an avid baker, there are few baked goodies that I haven’t tried. From lamingtons to cornbread, my mom always had a new recipe that she wanted to try and I was happy to be the taste tester. Bread, however, was never really one of those things either of us had much interest in. That all changed recently when Julia sent me a gallery full of images from her bread baking adventures… To be honest, I never really thought of sourdough bread as a feasible means of sustenance. Yeah, sure, it made a nice sandwich base whenever I went out for brunch but it’s not really something I would actively make or buy. That is until Julia...

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Kombucha Basics for Beginners

I’ll admit it - kombucha was something that I never really had much interest in. Given that it’s quite a pricey beverage, it was never something that I was tempted to splurge on. I always thought of it as the drink of the hippies and health freaks and honestly, the thought of a SCOBY floating atop my drink just put me off entirely. Then came the day when I took a dive straight into the unknown and tasted it. The tart, vinegary deliciousness that covered my taste buds was almost ethereal and after finding out about all the probiotic benefits of this fizzy favorite, I was sold!  Although I enjoy the refreshing taste of kombucha, brewing it was something that...

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How to keep your produce fresh, not funky

There’s a very simple joy that comes from the snap of a fresh broccoli stem or the crunch of a raw carrot. And while you may revel in your new bounty, the moment tends to be short lived as the struggle to keep pesky perishables perky settles in.  Our founder, Julia Schaffer, challenged me to take on the task of researching and uncovering the best strategies when it comes to storing fresh produce. And let me tell you, it’s been a journey and then some! From kitchen mishaps to experiments gone right, my eyes have been opened to the myriad of ways that my produce could be saved from ultimate rot.  With that being said, here’s what I found: Start...

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Do Spaza Dish Covers Keep Food Fresh?

The question that I get most about our dish covers is, do they keep your food fresh like plastic? As mother nature would have it, fresh is related to time. The theory that plastic can 'lock-in freshness' was discovered around an advertising agency's boardroom table and not in a science lab.  Let's take a carrot for instance. The carrot is fresh when it is pulled from the earth. From that moment on, it becomes less fresh.  A breathable cover, such as a Spaza Dish Cover is advantageous because it allows for evaporation and evaporation aids in cooling. You may have a vague memory of this from a science test moons ago. The process of evaporation requires heat energy and the heat energy is lifted away...

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