Friday, December 2, 2016

Catch of the Day: A Fresh Way to Eat Fish

    What better way to eat fresh than to have a fish caught that day? Chatham fisherman, Scott Macallister of Red’s Best, catches fish off the coast of Boston, Massachusetts. Macallister uses a classic fishing vessel named Carol Marie, and catches fish using a gillnet. He catches the fish in efficiently, and humanely by returning some to the sea. The fish are not treated with any sort of preservatives or chemicals for freshness, but rather shipped frozen to be prepared that day. His vision for Red’s Best is to provide consumers with a quality product. Recently, Macallister partnered with Ithaca College and on December 2nd, the college will feature his catch of the day: fresh Pollock. As described by the Red’s Best website, Pollock is a firm white fish that has a sweet delicate flavor that is less flaky than other kinds of seafood. The fish is shipped to Ithaca, and prepared within 24 hours of being caught. The college plans to feature more of his catches during the spring semester of 2017.

Interested? Check out the Red’s Best website for more info!

Why is Fresh Important?
    In order to have a healthy meal that leaves you feeling satisfied, the food must be fresh and not something that comes from a factory or filled with preservatives, with a shelf life of several months. Seafood, like meat, should be eaten within a week after purchasing the product. Meat or seafood left in the freezer for too long becomes tough and gradually loses flavor. They also could expire and lead to health problems if the label for expiration was misread. The fresher the product, the better the quality will be. Fresh seafood is safer, there is no risk of eating a potentially expired product.

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- Mary

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Tips for a Sustainable Holiday Season

Decorate sustainably:

- instead of throwing away outdated ornaments, update them with matte silver paint, beads and bows; or, swap ornaments with friends and family!
- make your own holiday decorations rather than buying them from a store. You can make wreaths and table centerpieces using materials from your yard or in a nearby park or trail.
- Switch holiday lights to LED bulbs that use considerably less electricity
- Buy holiday string lights that are wired in parallel – if one bulb dies, the others will still work and you won’t have to discard “bad” strands

Host an eco-friendly holiday party:

- use glassware to avoid disposables
- save leftovers to be used in new dishes, send some home with guests, or donate any extra uneaten food to local shelters or food banks
- buy local beer, wines and seasonable vegetables
- save ribbons, bows, and gift bags each year and re-use them to wrap gifts

Minimize food waste during the holidays:

- Plan ahead and be realistic when making a grocery list. If guests are in charge of bringing a dish to pass, make sure they know how many people to cook for as well.
- store leftovers in smaller, individually sized containers so it’s easier and more convenient to re-heat for a quick meal

Monday, November 7, 2016

Meatless Monday on Campus

What Is Meatless Monday?

Meatless Monday is dedicated to reducing meat consumption in order to mitigate health risks and reduce the strain on natural resources. The nation-wide movement was founded in 2003 by Sid Lerner in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Along with 154 universities in the United States, Ithaca College has become part of the widespread Meatless Monday movement. IC Dining encourages on-campus diners to try vegetarian dishes, unique ethnic cuisines, and delectable meat free dishes, while dining halls use the opportunity to showcase the bounty of fruits and vegetables of local produce farmers.

Why Is Meat Bad?
The production of meat is very tedious. It requires a lot of land and water and often results in animal cruelty. In order to raise animals for meat production, trees are chopped down, land is cleared, and many ecosystems are destroyed. In addition to deforestation, the transportation of meat products to super markets, dining halls, or venues puts a lot of carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere. Moreover, most of the animals grown in large industrial farms are caged or treated very inhumanely.
By participating in Meatless Monday, we help reduce the demand for meat, resulting in decreases in environment stress, water consumption, and greenhouse gasses. As an active member, Ithaca College offers Meatless Monday options at all dining halls, including baked beans, eggplant casserole, stuffed bell peppers, spaghetti with marinara, Szechuan tofu, Pad Thai, veggie fajitas, and etc..

- Mary and Tian