Recycling Glass Jars
by Larriane Barnard
If I spent the time, I suppose I could find online, somewhere, useless information on how far the glass jars in the landfills would reach if laid end to end.
I’ve got a pretty good idea glass jars would beat the plastic water bottles shown on some commercials.
Even though many companies are switching to plastic jars, you can give yourself a good idea how many are thrown away by the number of glass ones you pitch in the garbage a week. I know how quickly my jar cabinet filled to overflowing once I started saving them to use instead of plastic containers that melt or stain in the micro or throw away foil, plastic bags, and plastic wrap. I’ve had to shift my going green efforts to include carting my overflow off to the thrift store for repurposing.
Why go to the trouble you ask? A metal lid with a gasket insert makes the jar bug and rodent proof, air and water tight to store liquid, mushy, powdered, or solids. Without a gasket, they’re still … continue reading the Summer issue of SEARCH Magazine.
by Dianna Kersey
I’m sure by now you have read the myriad of articles regarding the health benefits of consuming kombucha tea. You’re hooked, you love the flavors and varieties, but hate the cost of $4 bucks a bottle. Right?
Would you believe you can make this amazing healthy probiotic tea yumminess for pennies a glass? Do I have your attention?
First, you’ll need to gather a few items to hold your kombucha as it’s brewing and then you’ll need bottles if you want to add fruit or flavors for the second ferment. A quart-sized jar, wooden spoon, coffee filter cover or cheese cloth, and a rubber band or canning jar ring.
To start you’ll need an active scoby. A what? A scoby is the tea culture. Think of it as your grandma’s buttermilk culture that she uses for her amazing biscuits, but this is a culture specifically for… continue reading the Spring 2018 issue of SEARCH Magazine.
Hot Cozy Drink Ideas
By Dianna Kersey
What’s better than taking time out for yourself, pouring a nice cup of yumminess, and settling down with a great book or slowing down to take in the view from your porch? We’ve put together a list of drink ideas sure to warm your heart and tantalize your taste buds all winter long.
Do you dream of making delicious, gourmet, hot beverages? Do you love all the variations of hot cocoa and apple cider, and everything else in between? Do you hate paying super-uber high prices for the gourmet delights in fancy restaurants? We’ve got the ideas here to give you the edge up on the next office party competition to show off your apron prowess. You’re assured to win accolades around the water cooler with these awesome hot drink variations to keep the cooler temps from chilling you to the bone this season… continue reading the Winter 2017 issue of SEARCH
The Power of Aroma
by Murdo Morrison
I spent my childhood years during the 1950s in working class neighborhoods in Glasgow, Scotland. In those days any money went to necessities, and special items were things you saved up for.
Luxury items were often out of reach, with much of it yet to be invented. Not only was there less variety, but much of the produce was seasonal. We waited expectantly for the fresh strawberries and rich tarts the baker created. Fresh peaches, one shilling each at the time, were only an occasional treat.
The heightened senses of childhood made for a richer experience. It was a time when many items were served from barrels or bins. Potatoes were scooped onto a heavy scale, cheese was cut from the round. A simple shopping trip would be marked by the distinct aromas of the various stores where the air was filled with a heady mix of Provolone, Salami, spices, and other exotic aromas that, at the time, I was unable to identify. The strongest notes in the ‘perfumed symphony’ were played by the freshly roasted coffee beans. In our world, coffee, when we drank it at all, came from small tins of Nescafé in the form of a powder we mixed with hot water from the kettle. Perhaps it was then the idea… continue reading the Fall issue of SEARCH Magazine.