Food Preservation

Fermented (and Pasteurized) Sour Pickles

Fermented (and Pasteurized) Sour Pickles

0 by / on August 17, 2016, 11:52 am / in Farm Home Cooking, Food Preservation

I used to make dill pickles using vinegar instead of time to sour them. Last year I fermented pickles for the first time, and there is no going back. They are easy, and when you bite into one you may say, like I did, “Ah, yes, now this, this is a pickle.” Pickles can be stored in the refridgerator and […]

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Pickled Garlic Scapes

Pickled Garlic Scapes

0 by / on June 8, 2016, 7:58 pm / in Farm Home Cooking, Food Preservation

Garlic scapes come but once a year–at the end of May or beginning of June. Scapes are the garlic’s effort to reproduce itself–pushing up a tender stalk that would bulb, flower, and spread its seed if left alone. But people seldom leave them alone. Since they are only available for a few weeks, pickling them is one way to have […]

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Cinderella Pumpkin

Cinderella Pumpkin–Cooked, Canned, Ready

0 by / on November 9, 2015, 2:43 pm / in Food Preservation, Preservation Projections

We planted Cinderella Pumpkins this year, an heirloom variety so named for its resemblance to the pumpkin Cinderella’s fairy godmother turned into a carriage. I saved the biggest one for us and our apprentices to preserve in any way we saw fit. Even though Cinderella pumpkins grow big, it’s still tasty, unlike the kinds of pumpkins we grow for Jack-o-Lanterns. I […]

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Fern Creek Preservation Classes

Fern Creek Preservation Classes

2 by / on July 24, 2015, 7:52 am / in Community, Food Preservation, Preservation Projections

Fern Creek is partnering with Willamette Valley CookSpace to inspire and encourage people to get abundance from the fields and turn it into abundance in the pantry. Classes are aimed at teaching skills, growing confidence, and getting creative in the kitchen. Come join me if you’re so inclined! Tweet

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Zucchini Relish

Zucchini Relish

0 by / on July 20, 2015, 6:33 am / in Farm Home Cooking, Food Preservation, Preservation Projections

My family moved from Tucson, Arizona to Forest Grove, Oregon in the early 1970s, which meant we had access to fresh produce for the first time in years. Mom put in a small garden which included a zucchini plant or two. She began her foray into preserving all that abundance by making strawberry jam from berries she bought at a farm stand, and canning […]

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