Why? Because you can! And pickle, and jam, or otherwise celebrate the resurgence of the domestic arts our forebears held so dear. Put on your best apron and step into our kitchen, won't you?
It`s 2-4-1 time! Start by making a dreamy infusion with wild blueberries, keep the hooch and move on to a boozy woozy jam. Everybody wins with this one-time special!
What's your jam ethic? Do you insist on set? Texture? Flavour? For me, it's all about terroir. This gooey mess is absolutely awesome on goat cheese - even though you may want to eat it over the sink.
I'm a giant fan of cheese condiments. And nothing quite says cheese condiment quite like anything with fig in it. So come get figgy with me. :)
Naturally fermenting jalapeno peppers for a hot-sour bite and awesome condiment. Can be prepared in minutes though there's some monitoring in the following weeks to check and store your peppers.
Garlic Dill Deli Deliciousness. I love rotten food - although it's taken some time to figure out that I've been eating it all my life. These are super easy and super quick to make - they just take a bit of care to watch. :)
Exploring my culinary heritage, Herbes Salees is one of the simplest preserves to make and extends the life of fresh herbs in your fridge for weeks, months, or more...
1 part cherries, 0.5 part sugar and maple syrup, .5 parts rum, 3 parts kickbutt. One of several batches of macerated liquers we'll make this year... Taste will develop awesomeness over time as well.
We love a good pickled ramp (wild leek) but drying them adds another dimension to your pantry - pure leek flavour without the vinegar tang. These are great for cooking the rest of the year.
Tips on sustainable limits as well.
Drying chives, like most herbs, is an easy thing to do. The flavour is far superior of anything store bought - just the smell of these makes me crave sour cream and a potato (something I never crave).
I'm a sucker for sesame snaps - those hardened 'cookies' make from molasses and sesame seeds. This was an experiment that I share our successes and struggles - and some ideas for next time.