4 Practical Ways to Prepare Your Home for a Pandemic

The Center for Disease Control is currently monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus throughout communities in the United States. For one thing, coronaviruses are actually pretty common—usually manifesting as mild sicknesses, like the common cold. But a …

The Center for Disease Control is currently monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus throughout communities in the United States. For one thing, coronaviruses are actually pretty common—usually manifesting as mild sicknesses, like the common cold. But a novel strain, COVID-19, has been said to cause severe acute respiratory syndrome (symptoms include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath—though the illness has also been reported to cause body aches, sore throat, vomiting, and diarrhea), and can be fatal for those with already compromised immune systems.

Because it is possible to be a carrier of COVID-19 without showing symptoms, it is imperative that we all practice excellent personal and household cleanliness, stay home as much is possible, maintain at least six feet of distance between ourselves and others, and to wear a cloth face covering if you must be around others. There is no vaccine to prevent the disease, and so the best way to prevent and slow the spread of illness is simply to avoid exposure.

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How to Make Bone Broth

Bone broth has been having a bit of a moment. Lauded for its health-giving properties (the jiggly-when-cold, collagen-rich liquid is relatively low in calories, high in protein, and supposedly promotes skin, hair, nail growth), and compatibility with f…

Bone broth has been having a bit of a moment. Lauded for its health-giving properties (the jiggly-when-cold, collagen-rich liquid is relatively low in calories, high in protein, and supposedly promotes skin, hair, nail growth), and compatibility with fat and protein-centric (and carb-avoidant) diets, bone broth has also been a way for curious eaters to practice environmentally-conscious cooking. If our food is indeed only as good as the food it eats, throwing bones fed by grass, local, still-gritty carrots and onions, and local tap water into a large pot, means only concentrated good—for you, for the community, and planet— can emerge.

What's the difference between broth and stock?

Although bone broth has enjoyed recent trendiness, it’s been around for a long, long time—just not by the same name. While “stock” is traditionally made from animal bones—and consequently, has a richer flavor and texture, “broth” is typically made from meat—and so, yields a clearer, more subtle-tasting liquid. Ingredients for stocks are also usually roasted until they take on a bit of color (color = flavor), while broth ingredients are added in raw. “Bone broth” then, is a bit of a misnomer; we’ve come to expect the deep-dark, viscous, collagen-richness of a stock, but enjoy the cozy, tea-like connotations of broth.

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How to Make Vegetable Stock Without a Recipe

We love recipes—but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don’t always need a recipe, you’ll make your favorite dishes a lot more often. Here, we show you how to make soups and stews more flavorful with what…

We love recipes—but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don't always need a recipe, you'll make your favorite dishes a lot more often. Here, we show you how to make soups and stews more flavorful with whatever vegetable scraps you have on hand—or the cheapest produce at the market.

If you're not already making your own vegetable stock, you should start now.

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