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Planting foods

6 Oct

Beverages brought from home or purchased before reaching the security checkpoint in a 3 oz. or smaller container and in your quart-size, zip-top plastic bag. Canned or jarred goods such as soup, sauces, peanut butter, fruits, vegetables and jellies – 3 oz. or smaller. Cheese in pressurized containers, Jell-O’s, pudding, whipping cream, yogurt or gel like food substances – 3 oz. or smaller

Three ounces for liquids and soft foods? That’s about the size of a spice jar, so we’re really going to have to get creative here. Since sharp objects are verboten, that means that knives and forks are out, so any foods we pack will have to be finger foods.
We’re considering packing up our Mr. Bento lunch jar (and remembering to leave the spork at home) with goodies such as:

Dried heirloom tomatoes from the Ferry Building farmer’s market

  •  Nuts
  • Yummy sandwich
  • Sliced jicama with fresh lime wedge
  • Cooked rice and grilled skinless chicken
  • Celery and carrot sticks with 3 oz. of hummus
  • Applesauce – 3 oz. of course.

What about you? What do you like to carry on the plane for sustenance during long trips?

Whatever you pack, remember your fellow passengers and don’t pack foods that have a strong odor, so leave the durian and kimchee at home. If you are too busy to pack up a meal, consider ordering a made-to-order, TSA-approved meal from SkyMeals. They’ll meet you at your home, office, or the airport and hand you an insulated tote bag with a healthy meal. One warning, though – they are really expensive.

Snacks, Baked Goodies and Other Plane Fare from The Kitchn

• Recipe: Sweet and Salty Cinnamon Almonds
• Recipe Review: Dried Fig and Nut Bars
• Recipe: Mozzacado Sandwich
• Recipe: DIY Graham Crackers
• Weekend Sandwich Recipe: Basil, Goat Cheese, and Artichoke Hearts


Organic Grocery Store

30 Sep

It’s similar to the organic certification for food processing plants. Hadn’t thought of that either? Well, that box of organic crackers you just bought is full of organic ingredients (insert bucolic images here) but what else makes those crackers organic? A lot, actually.When you hear the word “organic” what do you think of? If you’re at all familiar with organic farming, then you probably know that a certified organic apple has to be grown according to certain standards – such as no toxic or persistent pesticides.

Makes sense. You might also know that certified organic beef comes from cows that eat certified organic feed and steer clear (no pun intended) of antibiotics and added growth hormones. All that makes sense too. So, when someone says “organic,” bucolic images of farms, orchards and pastures probably come to mind. Bustling urban grocery stores? Not so much.Well, like those apples and that beef, Whole Foods Market stores are certified organic. “Wait, what?” – you may ask – “A grocery store can be certified organic?” Yes, it can and we are.

Though, I admit it’s a little confusing, especially since not ALL the products in our stores are organic. Basically, our certification means that we ensure the organic integrity of the organic products we sell from the time they reach our stores until they are safely tucked into your shopping cart.

Courtney Mudge is the Organic Certification Manager for Whole Foods Market. She’s a 5th generation Texan who grew up on a ranch in the Hill Country. When she’s not coaching our stores on organic integrity, she’s being crafty and searching for the perfect taco.


Why is this cleaning foods so important

24 Sep

Why is this important? One word: Transparency. You deserve to know what’s in your cleaning supply products. How can you make good choices if you don’t know what you’re using to clean your homes on a daily basis? We feel it’s important to include this information on actual labels (not just on company websites) so that this information is available to you while you’re shopping. Many people are surprised to hear that full disclosure labeling is not currently required for cleaning products by the government.

Almost three out of four adults (73%) falsely believe that the government requires household cleaning products to provide a list of ingredients on the label, according to a Whole Foods Market survey conducted online in April among 2,483 US adults aged 18 and over. Another two-thirds (64%) believe that many household cleaning brands opt to disclose the full list of ingredients on packaging, when, in fact, few provide this information on product labels.


  •   Here’s the nitty-gritty on what you can expect from products sold in our stores:
  •   Ingredients must be listed on all products on our shelf by next Earth Day (April 22, 2012). This gives our suppliers time to make the required changes to their labels.
  •   Ingredients will be listed in INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients), which is already commonly used for personal care products.

Listing ingredients or ingredient blends as “proprietary” or using a trademarked name without an INCI name is not allowed, except for fragrances and enzymes only. (Note that as part of the audit process, all fragrance and enzyme blends will still be reviewed for acceptability to our standards).

What does all that mean to you? Well, you may start to see some unfamiliar ingredients listed on your cleaning products. The fact is that cleaning supply products are made from ingredients that most people may not be entirely familiar with. I always say that learning about cleaning supply ingredients is like learning a new language. If you have questions about any of these ingredients, some of which are multi-syllabic or may seem very “chemically,” let us know. For each ingredient, we have an explanation of why we allowed the ingredient in the appropriate tier, or why it was a better alternative than other available ingredients.