After a week and a half of unstructured days, disguised as "vacation," I am SO ready for school tomorrow. It's funny. They're still here. They don't go anywhere. But having that structure is so very important to my sanity. They're busy, and fight less.
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I've recently become interested in making my own sauerkraut. I chopped up and made a few jars of kraut, and put them in my basement to ferment.
After three months in the basement, I opened and tried some. I am so in love!
Not only with the kraut, but with the very idea of fermenting food.
A couple weeks ago, I bought a gallon of sweet red wine and dumped the mother from my gallon of Bragg's raw vinegar into it, and threw a coffee filter secured with a rubber band on top. It smells a bit vinegary now, but it still tastes like wine.
This weekend, I ordered some water kerif grains, milk kefir grains, and a kombucha SCOBY. I am REALLY looking forward to drinking fizzy, effervescent, fermented, delicious drinks.
Water kefir eats sugar in water and creates a fizzy, sweet, healthy drink.
Milk kefir ferments milk into a thick, creamy, wonderful consistency. You can also use it to make fresh cream cheese.
Kombucha is an oriental, fermented tea. I understand it has a bit of a vinegary twang, so I'm sure Mister will fall quickly in love.
Tonight I got some french fry cut potatoes settled into a jar of brine to ferment. They only ferment for three days. Then you rinse em, dry em, and fry em.
Normally you would NEVER want to cook a fermented food because ferments are colonies of healthful bacteria. Heating the ferment would kill the bacteria rendering it MUCH less healthful.
French fries, however, wouldn't be french fries if they weren't fried. The fermentation is supposed to break down the starch and make it more digestible, and it'll add flavor.
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Tall was here this weekend. We had so much fun. I always laugh myself to tears at least a couple times while he's here.
Friday AND Saturday night we built a fire and spent time outside. Friday night we fire roasted hotdogs on sticks, and later, marshmallows. Saturday night wasn't food centered at all. It was just to enjoy the nice, bug free night, and watch a gorgeous full moon rise through the trees.
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The chickies are growin so fast! And this just in, there was talk of goats at the dinner table this evening.