Making Sauerkraut – Kimchee

Cut up cabbage in the crock.

Cut up cabbage in the crock.

My first experience making kimchee began in a Korean market.  A customer took me from the produce section with my three heads of cabbage, garlic, carrots, and green onions and helped me choose a three pound bag of red pepper flakes.  She assured me this would be enough for the small amount I was making.  Her mother usually used ten heads of cabbage.  There were ten and twenty-pound bags of red pepper flakes to choose from there, too.

I made my “small” batch and put it into three 1/2 gallon canning jars in the refrigerator.  It took us months to eat it all up.

Several cloves of minced garlic.

Several cloves of minced garlic.

I am trying again, this time by combining aspects of the European, Mexican, Korean, and Japanese versions of sauerkraut in the “Nourishing Traditions” Cookbook.

 

 

 

Only 1/2 Tbl. of red pepper flakes. (Isn’t that a nice fitted wooden top my husband made?

Only 1/2 Tbl. of red pepper flakes.

 

(Isn’t that a nice fitted wooden top my husband made?)

 

 

 

A plate to cover  the cabbage.

A plate to cover
the cabbage.

 

A lone saucer fits inside nicely.

 

 

 

A quart of homemade salsa for a weight.

A quart of homemade salsa for a weight.

 

This was the nearest heavy weight I could find.

 

 

 

 

© 2016 Kathryn Hardage

Apple Canning Day

Today is Apple Canning Day.

I intended to use the apple peeler-corer to make dehydrated apples, but we waited a couple of weeks after buying the canning apples and man of them are too ripe (they need to be firmer) to go through the peeler-corer.

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We have one-half bushel of Jonathan #2 canning apples and one-half bushel of small Yellow Delicious apples from Murphy’s Orchard in Marionville, Missouri.

In addition to those apples, we had some large tart green apples which we canned with very seedful oranges from last weeks Bountiful Basket order.  I added about a teaspoon of honey to each jar.

Most of the Jonathan apples have been canned.  After adding about a teaspoonful of honey to one batch, I decided to up the flavor with red hots I also bought at Murphy’s Orchard.

At times, we have had two canners going, each holding seven pints.

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These quantities make about four cases of pints.

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We are now starting on the small Yellow Delicious apples.

© 2016 Kathryn Hardage

www.KackyMuse.wordpress.com

About Potatoes and Onions

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Here are some of the first potatoes I grew in containers this year.

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Here are some of the onions I grew in containers.

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Here is the last container of potatoes I grew this year.  For the first time, there is a pretty good sized potato.

The “harvest” is now in!

I definitely feel encouraged that this small beginning actually worked.

© 2016 Kathryn Hardage

www.KackyMuse.wordpress.com

About Leeks

Here is my container garden for leeks.

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I harvested the biggest leek.

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© 2016 Kathryn Hardage

http://www.KackyMuse.wordpress.com

 

 

About Cherry Tomatoes

An overgrown cherry tomato plant.

An overgrown cherry tomato plant.

I gathered cherry tomatoes out of a giant tomato plant that is growing out of a raised bed.  (You can see a yellow pepper plant in the upper right corner of the photo in the same raised bed.)

 

 

Close-up of the cherry tomatoes

Close-up of the cherry tomatoes

 

 

This close-up on the tomatoes shows how the plant has just grown across the grasses.

 

 

Gathering cherry tomatoes in a hat.

Gathering cherry tomatoes in a hat.

 

 

I thought it was fun to pick them and put them in the hat I was wearing.

 

 

 

© 2016 Kathryn Hardage

http://www.KackyMuse.wordpress.com

Warping the Loom – Review

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More progress on the Teaching Doll

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I have stuffed the bodies (I am making two dolls).

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Here they are supported by their little green wagon.

(I think the quilt will make a good backdrop for the music teaching videos.)

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I am attaching the hair, yarn strand by strand dow the back of the head.

 

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Side view and front view.

 

 

 

I will add more hair to fill it out and so I can create braids and pigtails.

© 2016 Kathryn Hardage