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This is the year I've decided to start fermenting stuff.

To get my feet wet, I've started with Water Kefir, Milk Kefir, and Filmjolk. They are all sitting on my counter fermenting away as we speak. If things go my way, the entire family will be bursting with probiotics!

Speaking of the entire family. Remember when I calculated the shocking amount of oranges we went through? Well, we went blueberry and strawberry picking last week, and of 10lbs of strawberries, and 35lbs of blueberries, only half is left. O.o I was thinking that would last us till Christmas. I'm going out again tomorrow, and this time, I'm coming home with at least 100lbs. This is why I can never seem to stock up on stuff. I grossly underestimate the volume of food my family consumes.

Date: 2011-08-05 12:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] randomdreams.livejournal.com
Have you considered DIY cheese?

Date: 2011-08-05 01:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mahogany.livejournal.com
Cheese making sounds hard! Maybe in a year or two, I'll feel experienced enough to try. Have you tried it, yet?

My dh and kids are going to be away for the weekend, so I may take the opportunity to try making some root beer. I'm a bit scared of exploding bottles, since the weather is FINALLY hot, but I'll probably just check the brew at 24, 36, and 48 hrs just to be on the safe side.

I'd also like to try my hand at sourdough breads, but I read through The Bread Maker's Apprentice, and despite the clear step-by-step instructions, I found the very idea of sourdough bread making very intimidating. Maybe by next year...

Date: 2011-08-05 01:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] randomdreams.livejournal.com
This is how easy one type of cheese is. (And if you like Indian food, this is a great start to making your own saag paneer.) You can get way more complicated, but generally speaking, most everything else is variations on that.

Date: 2011-08-05 02:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] schneckerock.livejournal.com
we go through insane amounts of fruit here. I know for a fact that 10 lb of cherries is about 2-3 days worth. this is why I want to plant several kinds of fruit trees!

Date: 2011-08-05 04:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] toezontheground.livejournal.com
Mmmmmm, beer! Oh wait, you mean healthy stuff! :,)

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