Do You Need To Heat Milk For Yogurt Making?

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I recently chatted with my friend Margaret Roach on her radio show, A Way To Garden, about yogurt making. One of the things we discussed was if home yogurt makers can skip the traditional step of heating the milk to 180-degrees and then cooling it back down to 110-degrees for culturing. As it turns out, [Continue Reading...]

{Giveaway} reCAP Fermentation Kit from FarmCurious

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One of my most popular posts continues to be my tutorial on how to use a reCAP Mason Jar lid into a to hack together a flexible, cheap, DIY lacto-fermentation crock. This is a super easy DIY project, but it does require getting your hands on a homebrewing-style airlock and the right-size bung to fit [Continue Reading...]

{Reader Question} What Foods Should I Preserve?

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My wife and I are newer to the preserving game and are super pumped on it. Last year we preserved a lot of food but it wasn’t really conducive to living off of. We canned mostly jams, jellies, some pickled veggies (cauli, beans, asparagus, etc) and then did a lot of peaches! What I hope [Continue Reading...]

How To Make Salt Preserved Meyer Lemons (The Easy Way)

Salt Preserved Meyer Lemons

It’s Meyer lemon season and I’m going nuts. (Meyer lemon curd, anyone?) Regular readers probably already know how much I love salt-cured lemons. They are an essential condiment around my house, worked into salad dressings, braises, rice pilaf, fresh salsa and more. Last year, I ran out of salted Meyer lemons in July, with months [Continue Reading...]

Lamb Blade Chops with Apricot Halves and Salt Preserved Lemon

Lamb Chop with Preserved Lemon and Apricots

This is a simple one-skillet dish disguised as a fancy-pants chef-type meal. The deception works because we’re using slightly more exotic pantry ingredients like salt-preserved lemons and apricot halves in syrup. The salted lemons, apricots and warm spices meld together into a Moroccan-influenced sweet and sour sauce that rocks with the lamb blade chops. If you don’t [Continue Reading...]

Stir-fry of Pickled Green Beans with Ground Pork

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This Chinese inspired skillet stir-fry gets its distinctive flavor from the sour pickled green beans. These are beans that have been traditionally brine pickled through lacto-fermentation, rather than quick pickled with vinegar. Any fairly sturdy sour pickled vegetable will work very well in a dish like this. I adore lacto-fermented turnips with beef and chili [Continue Reading...]

Giveaway: Farm Curious Wide Mouth reCAP Fermenting Kit

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Update: Contest is now closed. Congratulations to contest winner Sarah Z, and thank you to FarmCurious for sponsoring this giveaway. Thank you to all who entered! You know what we haven’t done in a while? A kick-ass giveaway. Some time ago, I suggested that you could make a really inexpensive fermenting crock with a Mason jar, [Continue Reading...]

How To Turn A Mason Jar Into A Fermenting Crock

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You can spend a lot of money on specialized pickling crocks. Go ahead, be my guest. You’ll learn all about how your $25-$200 is buying you an ideal anaerobic environment in which to nurture your precious anaerobic bacteria…blah, blah, blah. Me? I don’t need another unitasker in my kitchen. I like to be able to use a [Continue Reading...]

Lacto-fermented Cherry Salsa

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It’s been cherry-palooza around here. I’ve dried, frozen, canned in lime-almond syrup (fabulous, by the way), given away and eaten (and eaten and eaten and eaten) fresh cherries by the pound. We’ve even got my 2 year old saying “cherries make ya poop a lot!” which seems far more adorable when it’s coming out of [Continue Reading...]

Ack! My Sauerkraut Has Mold On It!

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So you picked up a copy of Wild Fermentation and became a lacto-fermentation groupie, huh? It happens, I get it, it happened to me. And why wouldn’t you want to ferment everything in sight? The result is tasty, nutritious, rooted in the oldest traditions of food preservation and kinda badass in a “I dance with the [Continue Reading...]

We Have A Wild Fermentation Winner!

Last week, in honor of hitting 1,000 followers on the NW Edible Facebook page I sponsored a giveaway of one of my favorite preservation books, Wild Fermentation by Sandor Katz. Well, we have a winner! A huge congratulations to Kristin, comment number 49. Kristin, you’re the winner of Wild Fermentation! Send me an email (nwedible [Continue Reading...]

1,000 Strong, And Growing – A Wild Fermentation Giveaway!

You know that jingle for kid’s vitamins: We are Flintstones kids – ten million strong, and growing…. Please tell me you remember that ad or I’m going to feel really, really old. Anyway, that tune has been running through my head about the Northwest Edible Life Facebook page, except instead of ten million, it’s a thousand strong [Continue Reading...]