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Great Sauerkraut Begins with the Cut

If someone had given me the traditional advice, that the quality of sauerkraut’s taste and texture is hidden in the type of cut, I could have saved myself a lot of extra work, trying to recreate a system that was already centuries old.

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How do I make a brine for sauerkraut and beets?

When beets and cabbage are sliced, diced, shredded or cut, and then layered with salt, the salt extracts water, stored in the cell of the cabbage or beets, and makes its own brine.

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The best tool for cutting cabbage = mandolins!

Draw the cabbage wedge through the slicing blade at different angles, depending on whether your mandolin’s blade is horizontal or angled.* For more detailed instructions,* click here

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Finally, A Salad....

Salad Photo This past summer was an odd growing season. Crates normally bursting with abundance at “our” CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) instead contained signs – “Please Be Patient. Too Much Rain! Food is Growing Very Slow!” – instead of food. Farming is difficult and challenging enough, even during perfect growing conditions. This year is a good reminder that whole, fresh food, grown in a biodynamic, sustainable manner – picked fresh from the field – is a lesson in Providence.

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Red Lentil Dosas (Adai) Made Easy!

Dosa (pronounced dosai and dosay) are sourdough flatbreads which are tender, without the elasticity of a properly-made flour tortilla; thin, but not as delicate as a crepe; and they’re not nearly as thick or cake-textured as a American-style pancake or flapjack.

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Did you know...

  • Sourdough bread requires the help of a yeast, Saccharomyces exiguus, along with lactobacilli, to provide its characteristic texture and flavor.

    —Microbes Give Food Great Flavor!

Testimonials...

  • I make old-fashioned pickles, the same way my mother did. I’m even using her old crocks. A friend, who doesn’t even like to cook, like I do, showed me your Pickl-It. At first, I thought it was for only beginners, and had nothing to offer me. But she’d made pickled broccoli, green beans, and I guess even some pepper mash that you told her about. I tried some of it, and it had a nice, clean, fresh taste. Where can I order a Pickl-It for myself?

    —Martin, AZ