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Efficient Sprouting: The Sprout Bag

by Justin Thomas •

In the growing world, it doesn’t get much easier than sprouting. It’s a easy way to grow fresh ingredients for your sandwich or stir fry. It takes only about 6 to 7 days for sprouts to grow. People often assume sprouts are best grown in jars. But jars were never designed for sprouting. According to the Sprout Man, it’s more …

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Pure Aluminum Bottles by SIGG

by Justin Thomas •

If you are looking for a drink container which has a completely inert lining, you might try SIGG Bottles from Switzerland. These bottles are extruded from a single piece of pure (99.5%) aluminum. They are strong, lightweight, and do not contaminate their contents with phthalates, Bisphenol-A or other potential toxins. The liner is a food grade, water-based resin that is …

Soymilk Maker Reviews

by Justin Thomas •

Do you spend a lot of money on soymilk? You may want to try out a soymilk making machine — these devices allow to make fresh soymilk in your kitchen. We found a good review of the different soymilk machines out there by Vickilynn Haycraft on her site Real Food Living. Apparently the SoyaPower machine is the best one available, …

Organic Vanilla Beans from Papua New Guinea

by Justin Thomas •

These organic vanilla beans are grown on co-op plantations dotting the Coastal Mountains of Morobe Province in Papua New Guinea. The remote farms grow their beans without the use chemical fertilizers or artificial additives. The beans are sun dried and then air-freighted every week from Papua New Guinea. They are available Amazon.

Salts: Natural and Uncommon

by Justin Thomas •

There are actually a wide variety of natural, gourmet salts out there: pink salt from the Himalayan Mountains, black salt from Cyprus, grey Celtic sea salt and red salt from Hawaii and Australia. Natural sea salts are nothing new, of course. They’ve been around forever. By contrast, white table salt is but a blink of the eye in the history …

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New Mexican Pinon Coffee

by Justin Thomas •

You can get a taste of the high desert in your morning cup with this Pinon Coffee. The Pinon nut brings life to the New Mexico Pinon Coffee Company of Albuquerque. They use a roasting combination that includes a five-bean blend of high-altitude Arabica coffee along with bushels of Pinon nuts. Finding the nuts is unpredictable (pinon trees give good …

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MetaEfficient: Hand-Crank Coffee Grinders

by Justin Thomas •

Grinding coffee by hand has a few advantages: it’s quiet, it yields a more uniform grind, and you can take them camping. You can find hand-cranked grinders at Amazon.

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Pure Chocolate: Raw Cacao Nibs

by Justin Thomas •

You may have tried a dark chocolate bar with over 70% cacao, but have you tried raw criollo cacao nibs? Cacao is the bean that is ground up and blended to make chocolate. “Nibs” are raw beans that have been peeled. Raw cacao nibs can be eaten by themselves or sprinkled on top of your favourite dessert. Criollo is a …

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Organic Vodkas: Metaefficient

by Justin Thomas •

Liquid Ice Vodka is a unique vodka made by distilling five grains — wheat, corn, barley, rye and oats, all of which are certified 100% organic. The vodka is made with water from the Snake River in Oregon, which runs right under the distillery. It is distilled four times and filtered three times through lava rock. In 2003 it was …

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Metaefficient Spice: Frontier Natural

by Justin Thomas •

Frontier Natural Products is a large supplier of bulk organic spices. They provide fresh spices sealed in foil packaging at great prices. For example, you can get a pound of organic black peppercorns for $12. About their company, Frontier says: As the world’s largest global supplier of organic herbs and spices, we hold a leadership position, not only in the …