Our Top 5 Food & Drink Blog Posts of 2014

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This time of year always makes us feel a little nostalgic and a little hungry. What better way to combine these two feelings than with a look back at our most popular food and drink blog posts of 2014. In this top five list, you’ll find nourishing whole foods to improve your gut health, ideas on how to use wild edibles in the kitchen, preserving techniques for your fruit harvest surplus, and more. Not surprising that two entries on this short list are from our favorite fermentation guru—Sandor Ellix Katz.

And, for some extra countdown fun, check out our overall Top 10 blog posts from 2014. Did your favorite make the list?

2014’s Most Popular Food & Drink Blog Posts

#5: Be Good to Your Gut – Nourishing Food for Better Health

Restorative diets, whole foods, and traditional cooking methods have certainly gained traction this year. The Heal Your Gut Cookbook by certified holistic health counselor Hilary Boynton and whole-foods advocate Mary G. Brackett features all of these nourishing trends, plus 200 family-friendly, appealing recipes designed to heal and seal a leaky gut.

#4: Move Over Squirrels, It’s Acorn Harvesting Time

Foraging for wild edibles plays a big part in living a more resilient and sustainable life. In the following excerpt from The Art of Fermentation, author Sandor Katz encourages readers to explore an abundant food resource that falls from the trees every autumn—acorns.

 

#3: Breathe Life Back into Winter With Sprouts

Growing sprouts is one of the simplest things you can do even in the winter months and they are packed with nutrient-rich vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. According to Didi Emmons, author of Wild Flavors, most any edible seed can become an edible sprout, but her favorites are wheat berries, kamut, quinoa, lentils, and chickpeas.

 

#2: Homemade Hooch – Dandelion Wine

This winemaking process takes some patience, but it is worth the effort. In his book Wild Fermentation, Sandor Katz says, “Dandelion wine is the classic flower wine, made with the bright yellow flowers of the plentiful and easy-to-find weed. Don’t believe the hype of the manicured lawn lobby; dandelion is not only beautiful and tasty, but potent liver-cleansing medicine.”

#1: Make Your Own Whole Fruit Jam

The #1 food blog post of 2014 is…drumroll please… a recipe for whole fruit jam with no added sugar from Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning. This recipe relies on the natural sugars in fruit to provide a balanced flavor and sweetness. All you need is very ripe fruit of any type, a large saucepan, and canning jars.

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