The “Kitchen Test” Definition
The first question I’m always asked is, “How do you define unprocessed?”
Obviously there’s a wide range of implications in that word, and we will probably each define it slightly differently for ourselves. My definition is 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.
I am once again taking on the october unprocessed challenge.. its always good to find out where you have creep.. sometimes you find yourself buying something or using something that you could be making yourself.
Examples of creep that I am aware of.. Salad dressings.. given how many salads we eat, we have taken to having a much wider then normal selection of dressing and they are all bought from the store.. its helpful and useful but at the same time, many of them could be made at home.
My biggest challenge for myself will be my sugar in my coffee.. but I have lots of honey and maple syrup in the house as well as raw brown cane sugar..
I am giving myself a added little push, I will do my best to make sure that as much as possable that most things come from within a 100 km of the farm..
As always I will own up if I fail and why, the first thing I will say is that while my food box does buy ontario/quebec when possable, canada however some of the things that come in it are from the states and even around the world.. they are however cost effective and unprocessed..
So the first switch of the day was my coffee.. I had to move from my favorite instant coffee to my french press with ground.. its much stronger and more bitter..
Anyone want to join me?