It’s Friday afternoon, and that means it’s time for me to give you a little weekend reading from around the web. Here are a few food related items that I thought might interest you.

taste climate change.


My friend and go-to girl when I want to know about anything vegan Becky Striepe reviewed Pomi Tomatoes that come in a Tetra-Pak instead of a can.

I don’t know about you guys, but since learning that canned tomatoes contain BPA, I haven’t been buying them. It’s sort of put a crimp in my cooking, since tossing in a can of tomatoes was such a nice way to add flavor and nutrition to soups, stews, and sauces.


Luckily, the folks at Pomi were kind enough to educate me about their boxed tomatoes, and I got the chance to try some out in a recipe!

Click here for the full review and a recipe for Vegan Low Fat Summer Stew.



When is the last time you washed your reusable grocery bags? You might want to get on that right away (I’m talking to myself as well as you here).

A reminder to shoppers who use reusable grocery bags: Don't forget to wash them after you've emptied them.


Nearly every bag examined for bacteria by researchers at the University of Arizona and Loma Linda University found whopping amounts of bugs. Coliform bacteria, suggesting raw-meat or uncooked-food contamination, was in half of the bags, and E. coli was found in 12 percent of the bags.

Click here for the full piece on The Washington Post



Squid Gone Green has four eco-friendly ways to clean your oven. I probably need to get on this after I wash my reusable bags.

Typical oven cleaners contain multiple chemicals, some quite dangerous, such as sodium hydroxide (commonly known as caustic soda or lye). According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, oven cleaners containing this dangerous chemical can cause burns if they come in contact with skin, and inhalation of them can cause respiratory irritation. And anytime such a cleaner is used, sodium hydroxide and other chemicals get into the environment.
Click here for the methods



Here on MNN, we’ve got a story about Mendocino, California’s wineries and how many of them are certified organic or practice sustainable methods. Green is the new organics in wine has some information on those wineries. Check it out.

Enjoy your weekend!


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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.