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Russian Borscht and Sauerkraut?

by Suzanne Many years ago, when I lived in the south, I discovered a lovely little family-owned Russian restaurant in the corner of a shopping center. The babushka shared her recipe for borscht, a Russian beef stew with cabbage, beets, and turnips, and topped with sour cream. Recently, as I made a big pot of this same borscht, I wondered about the ingredients. Was borscht originally made with a big dollop of sauerkraut added? Russian sauerkraut is more of a sweet-and-sour concoction than German sauerkraut, which is just sour. And my borscht recipe calls for both vinegar and sugar, in addition to the cabbage. Had my dear Russian restaurateur altered the recipe? Or was it altered before being handed down...

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Homemade Sauerkraut

by Suzanne Hot dogs, sausages, fried eggs, pork chops, beef stew what doesn't go with sauerkraut?! So I always keep some on hand. I prefer to make my sauerkraut. I use organic and local ingredients, and I can add other veggies when I like and as much as I like. Today, I'm adding onions and carrots. It's going to be good! If you've never made your sauerkraut, it may sound daunting. However, if you have a jar, a knife and a half hour, you can surely make a good batch of sauerkraut. Ok, you'll need cabbage and sea salt, too, but those are easy to come by. Let's Get Started Making Sauerkraut I have 2 large heads of cabbage, a...

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Fermented Garlic Carrots

by Suzanne Visiting the farmer's market each week is a great way to get motivated for fermenting vegetables. Here in Portland, Oregon, my local market is already filled with so many vegetables, it's difficult to choose just one! However, I prefer to keep things simple, so this week, I'm going for fermented carrots. Fermented carrots are a wonderful, kid-friendly snack, and they take almost no time to put together. Garlic adds wonderful flavor, as do many herbs, such as thyme or rosemary. Today, however, I am keeping it simple, so just garlic cloves for a little added kick. Getting started, Get Fermented I assemble everything I need: Carrots Garlic cloves, peeled Sea salt Filtered water Measuring cup and spoons Pint jar...

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New Beginnings

Spring cleaning, fresh start, new beginning They're all cliches, but somehow completely appropriate, too. Spring does make me feel like getting started, though usually I get started (or re-started) on the more mundane things: cleaning out the garage, going through last year's summer clothes, preparing the garden for seedlings, etc, etc. One spring task that never gets boring is getting ready for fermenting season. Yes, fermenting season is what I call it. I keep my house pretty cool through the winter, so any fermented food or drink takes some extra time and effort. But when the temperature creeps up just a little, I get excited. I see bubbles, I dream of pickles, I order cultures, and I begin.   What...

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