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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Jan 15 2017 :  11:56:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Linda, you're right it's all about the taste. Not everything I have fermented did I like enough to do it again. Others I can't get enough of it.

You can control the tartness a little by the length of time of fermentation. Also by rinsing the veggie before eating.

I bought cabbage for sauerkraut today and bite size tomatoes to ferment. I will start the sauerkraut tomorrow - a quart. Then next week I will start another quart. Because I am fixing it just for me I think my best bet is to stagger quart jars.

I ate my last batch raw every night for supper on a baked potato. Don't turn your nose up until you try it at least once.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.
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hudsonsinaf
True Blue Farmgirl

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Shannon
Rozet Wyoming
USA
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Posted - Jan 15 2017 :  12:28:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Kombucha and water kefir are both going. Yum!

~ Shannon, Sister # 5349
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http://hudson-everydayblessings.blogspot.com/
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Jan 15 2017 :  12:32:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Shannon, I know you are a busy gal so when you have the time please tell us about both.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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gramadinah
True Blue Farmgirl

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Diana
Orofino ID
USA
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Posted - Jan 15 2017 :  1:43:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
ACV smells like vinegar but not much liquid.

Will keep watching.


Diana

Farmgirl Sister #273
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Jan 16 2017 :  08:02:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Diana, I looked up your post where you started your ACV - Dec 28. Did you add filtered water to cover your peels? I use the ACV recipe in MJF magazine Aug/Sept 2015 and it calls for adding water.

If you do not have that issue I can sent you a copy. Please e-mail me if you want a copy.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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gramadinah
True Blue Farmgirl

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Diana
Orofino ID
USA
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Posted - Jan 16 2017 :  10:51:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara I will go check it now.


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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Jan 16 2017 :  11:12:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I started a batch of sauerkraut today using a water filled ziplock bag to hold cabbage under the salt brine. I layered cabbage leaves on top before putting the bag in place. As I go through the process I will keep y'all up to date on how I like the bag method.

I used my food processer instead of a box grate to grate the cabbage. I just didn't have the energy for all that grating. I did knead/massaged it for 10 minutes before putting in jar.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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AFinkberry
True Blue Farmgirl

304 Posts

Ally
Castle Rock Washington
304 Posts

Posted - Jan 17 2017 :  09:37:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Here's a picture of our Kombucha. We had just skimmed off the very top layer as there was a tiny patch of white fluff. DH says he thinks it's time to recycle the SCOBY.

Ally
Farmgirl Sister #5672

"There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness." ~His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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hudsonsinaf
True Blue Farmgirl

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Shannon
Rozet Wyoming
USA
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Posted - Jan 17 2017 :  10:08:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ally - what kind of container is it in??? My hubby and children love kombucha!!! Me - not as much ;) I much prefer water kefir! We are hoping to start milk kefir soon, but we will see, as we have to use goat milk and we don't always have a ready supply.

~ Shannon, Sister # 5349
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AFinkberry
True Blue Farmgirl

304 Posts

Ally
Castle Rock Washington
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Posted - Jan 17 2017 :  7:58:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Shannon- We have a 3 gallon Ohio Stoneware crock that we use! We love it! Kefir is great also! I've never tried water kefir, but I would like to try it someday!

Ally
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"There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness." ~His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Jan 20 2017 :  04:50:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Checked the tomatoes this morning and the brine level was low. The bread on top had sopped it up. Sometime last year we talked about putting bread on top of pickles and I do it with the tomatoes. I took the bread out and weighed down the tomatoes with the dark green part of leeks.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Jan 25 2017 :  06:31:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The water filled ziplock bag is working fine to hold the sauerkraut under the brine. It's easy to take out when I want to taste the kraut and it goes back in easy too. This batch should be ready soon.

Today I'm starting a new batch of sauerkraut and checking on tomatoes.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Jan 25 2017 :  07:47:32 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Checked on the tomatoes and they were covered in a sickly smelling mold so I lost that batch. I thought the leek leaves would keep the tomatoes under the brine but they didn't. Next time I will use a water filled ziplock bag. Should work on a wide mouth jar as it does on an extra wide mouth jar. Just use less water.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.

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jillyd
True Blue Farmgirl

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Jill
Saanichton British Columbia
Canada
569 Posts

Posted - Jan 26 2017 :  08:27:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Unfortunately I've been busy lately, helping my aunt move and by the time I got to thinking about fermenting my squash, they had gone over.:(

Jill
Farmgirl #6748
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LitlleBit
Farmgirl in Training

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Roxanne
Pleasant Hill Missouri
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Posted - Jan 27 2017 :  2:48:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I started Sauerkraut yesterday. And today the fuller of the two jars is overfilled? I am using the water filled ziplock bags with a coffee filter rubber banded on top. This will be interesting on how it will come out.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Jan 27 2017 :  2:56:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jill, I let veggie's get past me too but there's always another sale or crop so we can try again.

Roxanne, let us know how your kraut turns out and also how you like the water filled ziplock bag method.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Feb 04 2017 :  08:04:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
By now y'all know I like to try new things and tinker with recipes. Today on a PBS cooking show they showed sauerkraut with turmeric so I added 1/2 tsp of it to my fermenting kraut. Pretty color - health benefits - will have to wait and see how it taste.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Feb 09 2017 :  12:30:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Today I started brining brisket for corned beef. Brining and fermenting are so similar I decided to post it here. Both are ways to preserve food. Now days corned beef isn't so much about preserving as taste.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.

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hudsonsinaf
True Blue Farmgirl

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Shannon
Rozet Wyoming
USA
3049 Posts

Posted - Feb 09 2017 :  12:53:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara - when will your turmeric kraut be ready? I absolutely love turmeric. So good for you, LOVE the color, and a nice flavor as well!!!

I've tried kimchi and wasn't overly impressed... but I may have to try it again.

My kombucha is going super strong! The kids and Brad drink a cup every night! The water kefir we are having a little difficulty with. It just tasted off, but the grains were growing HUGE and multiplying quickly. In just less than three weeks, we went from a tsp of dried kefir grains to over a cup!!! It was then that I realized that we simply were not feeding it enough sugar. So for our last batch we doubled the amount of sugar we were feeding it and this last batch was DELICIOUS!

Sara - I saw where you asked about me explaining kombucha and water kefir (Sorry I missed it before!!!) Anyways - are you familiar with either? Both are probiotic drinks with LOTS of health benefits. kombucha is made by fermenting tea, using a scoby, "mother," or "mushroom." Basically think of the "mother" of apple cider vinegar. There are two different types of kefir.... water and milk. Both use "grains" that are fed by sugar water or milk, depending on the type of grain. Milk kefir is great in smoothies, while we drink our water kefir as our juice.

~ Shannon, Sister # 5349
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Feb 09 2017 :  2:36:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Shannon, I tasted my sauerkraut today and it will go a little longer. I could barely taste the turmeric which was what I wanted. It will be really good with sausages and potatoes.

Thanks for posting about kombucha and water kefir.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.

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GinghamGirl
True Blue Farmgirl

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Joyce
PE
Canada
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Posted - Feb 09 2017 :  3:16:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've got kefir going!! Made some cheese the other day with it, and drink smoothies with it regularly.

Joyce Hein
Farmgirl Sister #6071
FGOTM April 2016
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Feb 10 2017 :  04:58:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Joyce you have been a busy FarmGirl. Making cheese with kefir sounds interesting. I have never made cheese so it's a mystery to me.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.
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GinghamGirl
True Blue Farmgirl

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Joyce
PE
Canada
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Posted - Feb 10 2017 :  06:19:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara - I really enjoy growing, canning, cooking, baking for my family :) My goal is to be 100% self-sustained. I hope I can do it.

Joyce Hein
Farmgirl Sister #6071
FGOTM April 2016
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Feb 10 2017 :  06:50:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Joyce you are off to a very good start of providing for your family. Looking forward to hearing what all you are doing.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.

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Kiltie Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

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Jennifer
Bay City MI
USA
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Posted - Feb 14 2017 :  04:51:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara - When you added the tumeric, did you just sprinkle it in or mix it up? How much did you add? That sounds like a delicious and healthy addition to the kraut!

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Jenn

Farmgirl Sister #7120

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