Strawberry Jam Margaritas and the Mason Jar Trick That Will Blow Your Mind

Strawberry Jam Margarita (9)

I ate my first homegrown strawberry of the year yesterday. You know what that means? It’s time to use up all that damn strawberry jam still kicking around the pantry from 2011. While my love for PB&J only goes so far, my love of Mommy’s Liquid Refreshment knows no bounds. And so, after some arduous recipe development, the [Continue Reading...]

Buying An All American 30 Quart Pressure Canner: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

All American Pressure Canner  (1)

If you are part of the NW Edible community on Facebook, then you may already know about the pressure canner that brought me to tears. I had some birthday money, you see. Visions of pantry-ready, home-canned stock danced in my head. And so, after some research, I look the plunge into pressure canners. It was a [Continue Reading...]

Canning Swirly Fruit: An Easy Way To Prep Pears and Apples

Canned Pears

Here’s a lovely way to save some time when you prepare apples or Asian pears for canning. Use an apple peeler-corer (see mine at work here) to make beautiful coils of automatically-cored firm fruit. The swirly fruit looks fantastic in the jar, and packs in well for a nice, well-filled raw pack. Don’t get too [Continue Reading...]

When She Got There, The Cupboards Were Bare: Assessing Your Larder

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How’s your larder looking? Mine is pretty spartan. This is a great time of year to assess your larder and see what you’ve eaten tons of and what hasn’t been a hit. If you make some notes now about what your family really eats, before the furor of canning season comes upon us, there’s a good chance [Continue Reading...]

Ack! My Sauerkraut Has Mold On It!

Mold on Sauerkraut

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...]

Best Northwest Edible Posts of 2011, Part Two

And now, the thrilling conclusion to our story! Or, at the very least, a continuation of yesterday’s retrospective of the best NW Edible posts of 2011. Did you miss the first half of this list? Find it here. Julymy fave: Being Everyone - Since ya’ll asked, yes, once upon a time I had a six-pack. I still do [Continue Reading...]

Best Northwest Edible Posts of 2011, Part One

It’s been almost a year since I started this blog, and as the year rolls to a close, I’ve been looking back over what worked, what didn’t and what resonated with you, NW Edible’s readers. It turns out that mostly what resonates with you are posts with swearing. I infer from this that we’re all [Continue Reading...]

How To Dry And Use Mandarin Orange Peels

How To Dry and Use Mandarin Orange Peels

I’ll happily throw all my locavore principles under a bus to get at a box of mandarin oranges. Maybe it’s nostalgia. Growing up, Christmas-time meant a box printed with exotic looking Chinese characters, and filled with loose-skinned, paper-wrapped oranges that were sweeter and juicier than any occidental citrus could be. So when mandarin season rolls around, I can’t say [Continue Reading...]

Storing Winter Squash

To preserve many foods, you have to do a crazy water-bath dance in the heat of late August, or give over to acid-ravaged hands as you chop another ten pounds of tomatoes. Winter squash is easier. Like Goldilocks, all it asks is to be tucked away someplace not too hot, and not too cold, but [Continue Reading...]

The Sweet, Sweet Taste Of Beer

The other night, over a glass of porter, Erica asked me how to make a sweet beer. It was a reasonable question – the porter in question is big, boozy, and sweet in the same way that a bar of Sharffenberger 62% is big, chocolatey, and sweet. “Put a lot of sugar in it,” I [Continue Reading...]

Professor Plum, In The Kitchen, With The Food Dehydrator

My mom, in her domestic wisdom, offers me this piece of advice about keeping a home: ”Get your machines working for you!”  She means, get in the habit of throwing in a load of laundry and starting up the dishwasher first thing in the morning and throughout the day, let your machines work for you, and before [Continue Reading...]

Walnut Lemon Pesto

This Walnut Lemon Pesto has become my go-to pesto recipe in late summer when the basil is huge and really needs to get cut back before it flowers.  While I adore a classic pesto, this version has a few advantages over the traditional pine-nut & parm variety. First, it’s way cheaper to make. No $25-a-pound [Continue Reading...]