Home Preserving

Practically Green: Putting up Summer Produce No Sweat

Home Preserving

  Going green in midsummer isn’t just about buying locally grown produce and keeping your lawn free from chemicals. If you’re really eco-smart, you’ll be putting up locally grown produce for the fall and winter. In January, those sorry winter tomatoes trucked from the other side of the country start to look pretty tempting, unless […]

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Hard Cheese

Home Preserving

The title of this post sounds like I’m telling someone to get over it, and while I do have reason to say words to that effect on a regular basis (she said nyah nyah to me!, she wooked at me!), I did literally make hard cheese for the first time this week. I chose to […]

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Preserved Lemons

Flavorings & Condiments

  Preserved lemons add a clear lemon flavor to all kinds of dishes, from tagines to couscous to stewed chicken or fish.  They aren’t difficult at all to make, and they can add a touch of exotic flavor to everyday dinners. To make it easy on myself, I start with a 2 lb bag of […]

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Kraut Catastrophe: A Tale of Woe Part II

FLOPS

When we last left this saga, I had finally unstuck the lid from Ivory’s Picklemeister.  It was a great feeling. I was so psyched to get the kraut started.  I layered it in the crock with salt, added the inoculant from Ivory’s pickles and enough water to cover, put the lids on, the glass pusher […]

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Kraut Catastrophe: A Tale of Woe Part I

FLOPS

As you all know, everything I do always turns out perfectly. What’s that choking sound? Ah, you’ve read our flops. Well, as long as we’re letting it all hang out, you might as well know what happened when I, inspired by Ivory’s fantabulous experiences making naturally fermented pickles, decided to devote my entire crop of […]

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