Sauerkraut is one of the easiest things to ferment. It is a wonderfully reliable ferment, and can sit in a closet for several months without a problem.
While all cheeses start out as curds, squeeky cheese curds are basically a chedder-style cheese curd that hasn’t been fully pressed and aged. They are delicious to munch on and melt nicely on a pizza or poutine! (How can you tell that I’m Canadian?)
It is shocking… but our local, organic milk is on sale this week! Milk NEVER goes on sale. I couldn’t resist stock piling, and making loads of cheese. Since I no longer have a “cave” to age my cheese, I stuck to fresh cheeses.
I am a big fan of using pre-fermented grain for everything. I really find that it makes a big difference with how easily I digest grain-based foods. However, cookies always eluded me… as they really don’t start with enough liquid to ferment.
There are many different variations on cream cheese. You could curd your milk with anything from yogurt to lemon juice, and call your finished product cream cheese.
I LOVE pierogies (or vareniki if you’re Doukhobor). However, I’m pretty lazy, and making homemade vareniki is a full-day chore that involves making the dumplings by hand, then boiling them, before frying them.
I sent my husband to the store for a piece of horseradish root so that I could use it to keep my pickles crisp. (I’m making my retro pickle recipe again this year, since it was so popular last year). He came home with something that was about the size of my arm.
Beyond a vessel to ferment in, there really isn’t any specialized equipment required for fermenting fruit into alcohol. Like most forms of fermentation, it is one of those things that happens naturally, which is why people have been making fruit into alcohol for centuries.
This year I finally delved into the world of fermenting alcohol. It was something I never really bothered to do, since I know several other people who make homemade wine/cider/beer, and I just figured that I would watch them do it and blog about it that way.
This year my nasturtiums went crazy. I only planted 4 plants, but they ran like mad, took over the whole garden box and trailed down off my balcony to the ground below. I garnished EVERYTHING I cooked with nasturtiums flowers, I ate the leaves in salads, and then I wondered about what I could do…