Spring Loaded Carrot Kimchi

Last weekend I pulled up the carrots I had left to overwinter at my community garden. The boards on the raised bed were rotten, and my billy goat had offered to build me a new frame so I could put in my spring seeds. While I was grateful, that meant that I had to rip [...]

The Preservationists Vs. the Artisans

Sometimes the New York Times annoys me.

Yesterday—in case you missed it—the Dining and Wine section featured a “D.I.Y. Cooking Handbook.” For most of the day, at least until nuclear fears and March Madness pushed it down the page, the story held a coveted spot just to the left of the videos. Click through, and you [...]

Canning on the Hudson

It’s the time of year when the days get longer, the crocuses start to bloom, and intrepid gardeners put in their peas. And as our larders from last year grow thin, we start to think about how, what, and how much to preserve from the coming year’s harvest. This projecting business is the hardest part—how [...]

Ask the Goats: Canning Kimchi?

Ask the Goats is a semi-regular Monday feature in which we, the goats, attempt to answer your food preservation questions. Got a question? Drop us a line at dorisandjilly@gmail.com.

Q. I would like to can kimchi so that it can be preserved without refrigeration and for longer periods. Is this possible? You have no [...]

The Accidental Salt Mine

This has to be the coolest thing I’ve ever found growing in my basement. Fermented things, as you probably already know, require a lot of salt. To make sauerkraut, for instance, you mix approximately 4 1/2 T of kosher salt per 5 pounds of cabbage, stuff everything into a jar, and weight it until the [...]

Giveaway: Put 'Em Up!

Earlier this summer, the nice folks over at Storey Publishing sent me a copy of Serri Brooks Vinton’s Put ‘Em Up. Sometimes, when I sit on a review copy, it’s because I’m trying to decide what, if anything, to say (on the theory of “If you can’t say something nice….”). But that’s not what happened [...]

Three Ways to Preserve Greens

Based on your recent Google searches, I gather that I am not the only one drowning in beet greens, turnip greens, collar greens, chard, and kale. Earlier this week I went out to my garden and cut about 5 pounds of kale, turnip greens, and beet greens. This seemed like a manageable project. That’s when [...]

Canning on the Hudson

I’m baaaaack! Posts on gardening, cooking, and canning soon to follow—but first, an announcement.

This June I’ll be offering a three-day, four-course sustainable food preservation workshop on the beautiful grounds of the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York, June 4–6. We’ll do water-bath canning, pressure canning, picking, fermenting, dehydrating, and more, all with seasonal produce from [...]

Roasted Cabbage and Brussel Sprouts

The more dedicated readers among you may remember that a few months ago I found myself the proud owner of a bumper crop of red cabbage. I turned most of them into spectacular pink sauerkraut, but I also tried an experiment. When I cut the heads, I left the bottom of the plant behind, much [...]

Canning Sauerkraut

Remember my pink sauerkraut experiment? It worked! And it’s delicious! And it made 2 1/2 quarts! Fortunately, sauerkraut cans well, so it’s now safely tucked away in jars. It will also keep well for months in the refrigerator if you have enough space.

Pink Sauerkraut (can be canned)

5, 10, or 15 pounds of red cabbage
lots of [...]

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