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Home Time Travel Techniques: DIY Dried Fruit

June 29, 2015 | Food & Fermentation, Preserving | 16 comments | Author:

Storing the season can be done in many delicious ways, but I have to say, dried fruit is one of my favourite ways to do it. In Summer, it’s pears, nashis, peaches + strawberries. In Autumn, it’s all about the … Continued

Curing Olives: Basic Brine + Salt Methods

April 12, 2015 | Food & Fermentation, Foraging, Gardening, Preserving | 13 comments | Author:

Tis the season to brine olives! Or salt them, if you prefer. Whether you’ve grown them yourself or foraged them from bird-sown trees, it’s late Autumn that you want to pick and cure them. There are many ways to cure olives, but the … Continued

How to make Passata

April 7, 2015 | Community, Food & Fermentation, Preserving | 8 comments | Author:

Storing the season for year-round stews of organic tomatoey goodness – is there a better way to spend a Saturday? I think not. Recently we held our annual Passata Day – much squishing and boiling and eating and talking and … Continued

Storing the Season: Drying Summer Medicinal Herbs

February 19, 2015 | Food, Food & Fermentation, Gardening, Preserving | 6 comments | Author:

You know how it is – in the middle of Summer, both culinary + medicinal herbs are everywhere – there’s so many that you forget to see them. And then, before I know it, it’s Autumn, with the cold weather … Continued

4 Ferments to Make This Summer

January 1, 2015 | Fermenting, Food & Fermentation, Preserving | 6 comments | Author:

Summer downtime is the perfect chance to get fermenting, even if the heat means that everything bubbles like crazy! Check out these 4 recipes for some easy yet delicious ways to get some probiotic action into your kitchen this Summer. … Continued

This is What Gratitude Looks Like

December 18, 2014 | Food, Food & Fermentation, Gardening, Preserving | 13 comments | Author:

The act of preserving fruit, like gardening, is a hopeful act. It’s a gesture of goodwill to future meals that you plan to have, incorporating a since-past season’s bounty. It’s also darn repetitive (though some would call it calming, I suppose), all … Continued

The many delights of Fresh Turmeric

August 1, 2014 | Cooking, Preserving | 18 comments | Author:

Recently we were lucky enough to score some of the amazing, earthy sunshine that are organic turmeric rhizomes. So much goodness in this plant! But like many harvests, when it rains it pours. Here’s what we did with ours. 

Making Water Kefir (how to get your household hooked on probiotic soda)

April 28, 2014 | Fermenting, Food, Food & Fermentation, Preserving | 37 comments | Author:

We’re loving learning the techniques of getting living foods into our diet, and one of the easiest to master is the fast-turnaround ferment of water kefir (also known as tibicos). This yummo probiotic soda requires very little effort, minimal waiting time, … Continued

Making Biltong for the first time

April 27, 2014 | Preserving | 12 comments | Author:

What do you get when you leave a paleo, a gypsy and a South African alone in the Milkwood Farm kitchen for 5 minutes? Plans for making Biltong, that’s what. Biltong is a South African delicacy composed of salted, spiced … Continued

All of Summer is now stored…

April 23, 2014 | Gardening, Preserving, Vegetable Gardening | 18 comments | Author:

There comes a point in every Autumn when the tomatoes are finally, finally done. We’ve passata-ed and dried and preserved and cooked to the point where all of summer is stored, and on the shelf. Last weekend was our final session of … Continued

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