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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Pink Sauerkraut

Thank you all for your wonderful suggestions about what to do with all of my red cabbage. The folks on Facebook were big fans of various braised cabbage options, but I’m sticking with the blog favorite: sauerkraut. Let’s hold off on sharing that recipe until we see if it works, shall we? Nicely salted and [...]

Bok Choy Kimchi

Philadelphia’s unexpected additional month of spring has been a boon for my bok choy. So far I’ve harvested at least six pounds from a single, 4 foot-long row. But my abundance of bok choy begs the question of what, exactly, to do with it. I do love the stuff, but you can only eat it [...]

Hobo Bread: Theme and Variation

Some of you may recall Jilly’s gorgeous—and somewhat curious—hobo bread. In Jilly’s low-impact approach to daily baking, not only do you not knead the dough, you don’t wash the bowl. I’d been meaning to try it for quite some time, but I must admit that I was a little bit intimidated by the process…all those [...]

Vinegar Update

Loyal readers may recall that one of our earliest posts dealt with making your own vinegar. I have been remiss in posting the promised update. As you can see, the gallon jug on the left contains a slightly opaque substance that used to be apple cider. It’s hard to see in the picture, but there’s [...]

DIY: Are you creme curious?

Welcome to the first installment of our new weekly feature, Ask the Goats!

Q: Tell me more about creme fraiche. It seems expensive. What’s all the fuss about? Is there a version I can make myself?

(Courtsey J, one of Doris’s co-workers)

Friends, it is time to examine a dairy product you may be lacking in your life. [...]

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