Serving My Family Real Food in Imperfect Situations

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Did you know that eating real food isn’t dependent on eating a set menu, based on particular “health” foods that you have to be able to find or afford? (did I just hear a collective sigh of relief?) This winter we’ve talked a lot about real food made simple– what it is (and isn’t), how to take baby steps towards eating better, how to afford it, and even how to buy it in a regular grocery store. I feel like I’m on the ultimate real food […]

Preserving the Harvest: Sweet Fruit Chutney

by Meg Dickey, Contributing Writer Summer, and the fruit it brings, has a way of overwhelming many of us. If you’ve got a pile of peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots or any other kind of fruit sitting in the middle of your table, you need to figure out a way to deal with it!  One of the reasons I love this recipe is that it not only lets me preserve a little taste of ripe fruit for a few months, but it adds great probiotics to […]

Grass-Fed Meats

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Written by Beth Corcoran, Contributing Writer Buying meat at the store can be quite confusing.  On top of having to choose a proper cut of meat to suit your needs, there are many grade labels that may add to the confusion: organic, prime, choice, select, etc.  However, there is one term I would like to highly encourage you to pay attention to when buying meat: grass-fed. What is Grass-Fed Meat? Grass-fed meat is actually a traditional food, and it is exactly what it sounds like.  […]

The Benefits of Taking Your Cod Liver Oil

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I know. Cod liver oil. Yuck. Half of you just made a face as you read the title of this post. Bear with me, okay? In the midst of a month exploring traditional foods, I couldn’t hardly not cover this most important elixir, considered both a food and a supplement. If I could recommend only one supplement to every family, it would be this one. If my family were to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to bring one superfood to consume, in […]

Weston Price and The Detox Cleanse I’m Doing

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Every once in a while, I have a blog post composing itself in my brain, and before I actually get it onto my keyboard, someone beats me to the punch. This time, it was on the topic of Dr. Weston A. Price, the dentist-researcher behind the book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, and the foundation upon which the Weston A. Price Foundation, the book Nourishing Traditions, and the Price-Pottenger Foundation were built. Yup, he wrote the book before I could get to it. Just kidding. Actually, my […]

Preserving Food with the Lactic-Acid Fermentation Method: Sauerkraut Tutorial

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Written by Sharon Kaufman, Contributing Writer The original cabbage patch kid… For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved sauerkraut. As a small child, my mom served it on a regular basis with roast and mashed potatoes. I would scoop out a hole in my mashed potatoes, fill it in with sauerkraut and then dish on some gravy. Oh, what heaven for my taste buds! Enter Grandmother’s method Years later my mom started making her own sauerkraut. She told me how healthful it was and that it was the method […]

Adding Seafoods to Your Diet

Written by Meg Dickey, Contributing Writer When Dr. Weston A. Price traveled the world examining primitive cultures, one of the first things he noticed was the great lengths the people went to in finding nutrient dense foods.  One of the most desired of these nutrient dense foods were sea foods. Dr. Price noted that those who consumed seafood had the thickest skulls and the best bone structure of all the populations he studied. Sea foods aren’t just fish – they can include roe (fish eggs), […]

What is Traditional Food?

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The month of April is Traditional Foods month here at Keeper of the Home. Between myself and the amazing writers who contribute here, we will be delving deeply into a wide variety of traditional foods (raw milk, grains, fermented foods, grass-fed meats, cod liver oil, just to name a few) and we’ll share some of the history, the benefits, and the how’s of preparing these nourishing foods. To kick things off, I thought it may be useful to approach the broader subject of what exactly […]