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October #Unprocessed 2014 - Pledged!



Andrew Wilder, of Eating Rules, started this five years ago - a month of eating only unprocessed foods. And while we are a household that eats very little packaged food, we do have processed ingredients. But, on second look, Andrew offers this:

"Unprocessed food is any food that could be made by a person with reasonable skill in a home kitchen with whole-food ingredients.

I call it “The Kitchen Test.” If you pick up something with a label (if it doesn’t have a label, it’s probably unprocessed), and find an ingredient you’d never use in your kitchen and couldn’t possibly make yourself from the whole form, it’s processed.

It doesn’t mean you actually have to make it yourself, it just means that for it to be considered “unprocessed” that you could, in theory, do so."

Since I could make my own pasta, pasta from the store can fit the bill?!? But even though I make my own jam, I don't make my own sugar...how does that fit into the rules? I'm guessing jam is out. Maybe anything with sugar is out.

So, I'm going with a modified pledge. If I had all day to figure this out, I could probably do away with processed completely, but with full time work, full time parenting, and the dozens of other foodies balls I already have in the air, I'm saying this - with confidence: For the month of October 2014, I will serve my family one completely unprocessed meal every day...at least. And I will experiment with making some of the packaged foods we buy. For instance: mustard! It's on my list to make this year. Look for a homemade mustard in October.

That sounds achieveable. Click here to read more about the challenge. Wanna join me? It should be fun and educational - and perhaps eye-opening to see what I eat that's processed without me really thinking about it.

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