Many of you Know...
Mar. 1, 2013 8:39 pm
Updated: Mar. 4, 2013 5:24 am
While I've only become a cookin' fanatic over the past few years, many of you may recall some of my "early" days of blogging. Perhaps you simply think I'm "NUTS," or maybe your've watched and read as I've become more adventurous. Am I a "better cook"
now? I know not... but I'm having a lot more fun since I've been trying all of these crazy things!
Three years ago (or so,) I began doing my first ever canning, beginning with marmalade, and working my way into other foods. First I needed to get a water bath (though for small batches I have used my stock pot,) and then found that I needed a good "canning
cookbook." I immediately ordered two... the recipes within have recipes so making such large quantities, no doubt fashioned for large amounts of home grown veg's and the like. My marm recipe makes about 6-8 jelly jars, much more suited to my personal needs.
Then, to my dismay, I discovered that for some foods I wanted to make and preserve, I would need a pressure canner... back to "Amazon.com" I went, and placed my order!
Getting my feet wet, I began making such things as egg roll/wonton wrappers, English muffins, pasta and more. I have indeed stated in the past, "find me a recipe, and I'll try it!"
Dinner tonight consisted of smoked sausage, and sauerkraut... the kraut being so terribly disappointing! Time to try making my own, I think... I do need a little advice however, if you've ever "fermented" your own... well,
anything! I've read that fermenting can be done in glass jars, in addition to a fermenting crock, or "food quality plastic" containers of some sort... Any thoughts or advice to share? Perhaps I'd best go to the recipe request, and see just what
"pops." My recipe calls for 25lbs of cabbage, and a 5 gal. crock. Dare I try cutting the recipe down to size, as it were, and purchase maybe a 1 gal. crock? I sit and chuckle now... for a gazillion years, I would not eat sauerkraut as "I don't like it!"
However, I'd never even tasted it! Yes, I was that type of picky eater! Another change in myself since I began cooing crazy!
So, that is my dilemma (this week!) Should I, or not? I've said, "find me a recipe....) Maybe it's time to delve into fermenting vegetables...
Be happy, be healthy, cook crazy!