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Cooking with Organics

Talk about momentum! For over a decade now, the organic movement has been growing (yes, even through the recent recession). In fact, year after year, more of us are choosing organic products in support of the environment, farmers and their families, and our own health and well being.

Whether you're a newcomer or a devotee, here are some tips for cooking with organics:

usdaBe a label reader. "Natural" does not mean organic! Look for the "USDA organic certified" label, which guarantees that the item has met exacting standards set by the federal government. These standards insure the purity of the product and guard against the depletion of farmland and the environment. Organics at Frontier Natural Products are USDA certified by Quality Assurance International, a respected third-party certifier.

grapesFocus. If you can't purchase all of your produce organic (because your budget doesn't allow it, for example), buy organic for the fruits and vegetables that are most likely to contain pesticide residues. According to The Environmental Working Group's Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides, these "dirty dozen" fruits and vegetables are: celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries, nectarines, bell peppers, spinach, cherries, kale/collard greens, potatoes, and imported grapes. (And for more about how you can eat organically on a budget, see our feature Cook at Home and Save.)

Don't be discouraged! It's never too late to make the switch to organics. Studies have found that children who tested positive for organophosphate insecticides were virtually free of the chemicals after eating organic foods for just five days. Providing organic food to children is especially important, because they're more vulnerable to the toxic effects of chemicals than adults. That's because they don't metabolize chemicals as quickly as adults (and so the chemicals stay in the body longer), and because, per pound of body weight, children eat more than adults.

carrotsConsider growing your own organic veggies, visit the Farmers Market, or join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Group. Your local co-op is also a great source of organic produce. Read more about Making the Most of Farmers Markets.

Once you grow your own or bring home your armloads of organic produce, use only the best (organic of course) seasonings on them! Fill your spice rack with organic seasonings, and stock up on organic dip mixes for your veggies, dressings for your greens, and marinades for your kebabs, for example.

Identify companies that produce quality organic products. An industry leader in organic herbs, spices, culinary products, and essential oils, our parent company, Frontier Natural Products Co-op, has passionately championed organics for over three decades. Our all-organic Simply Organic brand is a result of that commitment to organics. One percent of the sales of the Simply Organic line goes to the support of organic farming research, education, and grower development.

Expand your organic purchases to new areas. Purchase items like organic coffees, teas, packaged foods and personal care products. Whenever you shop — in the store or online — look for organic versions of products. Each purchase makes a statement about the direction you want to see the world go.

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Organic recipe suggestions for your produce-a-plenty!

Tired of zucchini bread but still knee-deep in the veggie? Try this recipe for Savory Zucchini Onion Cake using Simply Organic Italian Herb Spaghetti Sauce Mix!

Easily put together a Spinach Crock-Pot Dip appetizer, featuring fresh spinach and Simply Organic Ranch Dip Mix.

beet casseroleFor a surprising Beet Casserole, simply combine beets, carrots, water, and Simply Organic Chophouse Seasoning.

Make your own Sweet Potato Chips with a sprinkling of Simply Organic BBQ Ground Up.

For more recipes, visit our recipe page.

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