Foraging for Foods

Over the last couple of days I’ve been taking advantage of out lovely spring days to learn about making food with some of the plants growing on the property.

Spruce Tips – I made a batch of Spruce Tip Salt this afternoon. I also started a batch of Spruce Tip Syrup by steeping the tips overnight in a simple syrup.

  • 1/2 cup spruce tips
  • 1/2 cup salt
    • add the spruce tips to the bowl of a food processor and process until finely chopped
    • add the salt and continue to process until well blended
    • lay out on a plate or tray to dry

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Lilacs – Yesterday I made a Lilac Syrup and today I added some layered lilac sugar to the pantry.

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup lilac flowers
  • 5 frozen blueberries
    • heat the water and sugar together until the sugar has completely dissolved.
    • add the lilac flowers and blueberries and simmer for 6 minutes
    • strain and bottle

12993327_623581834466842_3136635407237609948_nCedar Tips – I made a second batch of salt to see if I could tell any differences between it and the Spruce Tip salt.  They smell very different.

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April Weekend

It’s just about noon on Sunday and the clouds are thickening – looks like the rains are coming in.

I was able to get a number of small chores taken care of this morning…..

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I used my new sourdough starter to make a batch of pancakes – they were yummy.  The sourdough is a strain that was started in about 1918 in California and uses milk and bread to feed the culture. Thanks Gary Z.

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Kenton Puppy and I spent a little time, before the rains come, planting a few purple and red potatoes in the raised bed in the backyard. I only left them out a day and a bit after cutting them so I hope they work out.

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The Kombucha scobys are doing really well so I bottled Kombucha today and started some new batches. One is English Breakfast and Zen, the other is Earl Grey and Zen. The big bottle is a mix of both.

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The local grocery is going out of business so I was able to pick up a 20 pound bag of rice for 40% off. I put it into canning jars to help keep bug out. This should keep us in rice through the summer (?).

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I found this great little water cooler at a thrift shop in a nearby town yesterday on my way back from coaching our “Battle of the Books” team. The valve wasn’t screwed in very well so it was a little leaky, but I tightened it up and it seems better now.

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I’ve been trying to start a vinegar mother and haven’t had any luck. I tried again this morning using a scrap from the Kombucha scabby, some Bragg’s cider vinegar and some apple cider. Hopefully this time we’ll get better results.
The milk is looking lovely again this week. The cream is so yellow from that nice spring grass that the cow is grazing on. It makes such beautiful butter.

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I’ve been trying to start a vinegar mother and haven’t had any luck. I tried again this morning using a scrap from the Kombucha scabby, some Bragg’s cider vinegar and some apple cider. Hopefully this time we’ll get better results.