Home-brewing often intimidates beginners. Traditionally, home-brewers have used a lot of bulky gear. Fortunately, you can make great beer at home in tiny batches using one-gallon apple-juice-style jugs and common kitchen equipment.
Winter squash is wonderful roasted, fun to eat raw but even better when made probiotic and pickled through fermentation. A quick ferment, this adds complexity to cooked dishes and pickle platters alike.
You don't have to grow your peppers from seed, like Joe does, to make fermented chili paste (although it's awfully fun). Whether the ingredients come from your yard or your farmers market, this zesty condiment will spice up stir-frys, eggs & more.