• Can-less cranberry recipes. Making can-free cranberry sauce from organic cranberries is easy enough—just cover cranberries in a pot with water, bring to a boil, and simmer until they're soft enough to mash, then add sugar to your liking. But if you want to get creative with your sauce, try this recipe for Cranberry Relish or Maria Rodale's recipe for Cranberry Sauce.
• Alternative green bean casseroles. Interestingly, both the recent Environmental Science & Technology study and a year-old analysis from Consumer Reports found that canned green beans had the highest levels of BPA of any product tested. The Consumer Reports analysis also found BPA in frozen green beans. So go for fresh green beans if you can find them. If you can't, consider an alternative vegetable this year, like this recipe for Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Shallots from Organic Gardening magazine.
• Buy boxed stock. Cooking wild rice in chicken stock, or adding it to your mashed potatoes, is a good way to add flavor. If you don't have time to make your own stock for recipes, pass the canned stuff by and look for stocks sold in aseptic cartons, such as the organic versions sold by Pacific Natural Foods or Imagine Organic. The cartons don't contain BPA, and they're recyclable in some areas (if your town recycles milk and juice cartons, they will also accept aseptic packaging).
Published on: November 22, 2010