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  •  Good morning, effervescent and (8+ / 0-)

    everyone. I'm late logging in. It looks like all of you are off doing your Saturday stuff. I've done some of mine already but I am now getting ready to go out for a little while. I'm going to the post office to put some packages in the mail and then to the home store to get some plants (for the pots on my front steps) and some screws (in a size that I don't already have in the millions of boxes that I have in the basement). We are having really nice weather here today - I may actually get to mow my lawn this afternoon if I have the time.

    I hope everyone is having a wonderful Saturday! (And to GDbot: you need to figure out a way to ship me a jar of that homemade sauerkraut. It sounds so good!) I'll check back in with everyone later.

    Progress is made peace by peace.

    by StateOfGrace on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 09:16:20 AM PDT

    •  The cats gave me two days to sleep in until... (6+ / 0-)

      the Sun cleared the horizon. Today they began insisting I not fall back asleep after 4 a.m. At 5 I could see it was getting lighter so I gave up and started the day. So far I have gotten 1/2 my DKos reading done, called the California half of the family, and started my garden and cooking chores.

      I bought two big but inexpensive cabbages a day+ ago, they turned out to be tight leaved which means nice shreds and no chunks. I take off the outer two leaves and another if there is damage, chop 2 quarters that have the little core cut out, and then salt them before chopping the other quarters into the big mixing bowl and salting again. This time just a half teaspoon of salt each time for a total of 2 teaspoons for the two cabbages since I made live yogurt liquid by draining over night in the fridge, through cheesecloth, and the liquid left over from my previous batch of sauerkraut which still smelled delicious. [[The yogurt cheese that remains is a great tangy cream cheese.]]

      Each chopped half cabbage was mixed with its salt and about a quarter cup each of yogurt and sauerkraut liquid, then punched down into the crock. I also sprinkled a small amount of tuRmeric and black pepper in the mix because {magic!} It already started smelling delightful between the addition of the first and second cabbages. Small plate and jug of water for weight, with a covering on that to keep the flying bugs away and we are good to go. I will check it in 4 or 5 days if it really gets warm in here but I don't think it will get that hot inside for another few weeks. Sometime in the next week I will pull out a pint or so, for the fridge, to keep me happy while it ferments a little longer. At a certain point when it starts to get soft rather than crunchy it will all get moved to another container in the fridge. It really is a very easy process that lends itself to experimentation with many other vegetable additions; I have put onions and carrots and garlic and a couple other things I can't remember and never been disappointed.

      I did do a 1 (one) cabbage batch the last time because I was leaving town and worried about finishing it before I left and having it sit in the fridge for a couple weeks. Worked fine but I think it would have been fine. I know it would I just strained out the bits from the juice to add to this batch and ate the bits. They were fine, or better! Two cabbages makes more sense since the kraut keeps so well in the fridge when it finally gets there after fermenting out in the kitchen for a few weeks, and is no more effort really.

      Until my sister and I finally get set up to teach ourselves how to can [jar?] I don't know how to get any of this to my Other Sister and parents, or anyone else for that matter. It is really too easy for anyone interested not to try. Fresh, live food; what's not to love? I have massaged these instructions quite dramatically and still succeeded.

      Now I have to carry on with a few more chores, back in a while..........!

      There is no they, We will sink or swim together.... We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness

      by GDbot on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 11:53:07 AM PDT

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