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Old 05-01-2008, 09:07 AM   #61
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Good question!

We needed to replace a car and got a Prius which is getting over 50 MPG. My wife and I are carpooling to work most days which really helps cut down on gas. We have cut way down on the amount of fruit we buy that's shipped from other continents. We now buy fruit and vegetables in season grown locally.

We compost, we've cut back on air travel (Not only is it a huge polluter, but airlines and airports are horrible, and we do less "fun" flying trips than we used to - Now we do a lot more camping trips we can drive to).

We started a vegetable garden. Hopefully we'll get better at it. Something ate the lettuce and the peppers didn't make it. Tomatoes though are huge. We should have a ton of them.

As much as possible, we dry our clothes on the line rather than a gas-powered dryer.

These are all "small" things I realize. The fate of the world won't change with the switching of lightbulbs. We also donate significantly to charities that are working full-time to protect remaining natural habitat. My wife donates weeks or months each year to do field work in animal population studies, and at some point once we are closer to FIRE, I'll start donating my time to groups like that as well.

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Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
Hey, could you or Achiever scan in and post the cooking guide so that us tightwads can experiment with making our own? No, CFB, not with 2x4s and wood with holes in it, I have some microwavable rubbermaid containers that could work fine, assuming the "patented reservoir" isn't really that important.

Al, I can definitely scan in the cooking guide, but I do think this is one time that you might want to just bite the bullet and buy the real thing. Over the years, I've tried to cook pasta in the microwave in every conceivable bowl, Tupperware, bag (really not recommended!), etc. But there is something about the way this FastaPasta thing is constructed (probably that "patented reservoir") that makes it work like a charm. When the water boils, it does not overflow in the microwave, yet the pasta doesn't come out "clumpy" or starchy.

And Nords, yes, the inventor is from Michigan - about 30 miles from where I live. I read about him in a local paper -- he says he was throwing away something like 20 pounds of pasta a day while he was developing this invention; and wore out several microwaves in the process!

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And Nords, yes, the inventor is from Michigan - about 30 miles from where I live. I read about him in a local paper -- he says he was throwing away something like 20 pounds of pasta a day while he was developing this invention; and wore out several microwaves in the process!
Good for him, and I hope he makes a fortune-- whether Al buys his cookbook or not.

We found out that FastaPasta's recommended "two servings" hole will make enough (with leftovers) for a family of three.

If Wal-Mart calls to take FastaPasta worldwide, tell him to talk to the guy who agreed to sell his "Makin Bacon" through Wal-Mart instead of through direct sales, and then run away fast...


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