Must remember to burp the ferment

As most of you know I have recently moved back to the country. This is not unusual for me. The Appalachia wind knows the sound of my blood pumping. The spring rain mingles with my cells and after years of being gone I feel like I am home again. My mother taught me to garden, and in her passing, I have started putting my hands in the dirt again. It feels good and time in the garden reminds me of her. This year I had a small postage sized starter garden and I had more vegetables then I could manage. I had to buy two used chest freezers to freeze some, we cooked a kings feast all through the summer with buttered veggies, and over dosed on zucchini bread.

Winter time is here and remembering how to store food is important. We live 90 minutes from the closet grocery store and when the snow closes down the pass we may go months without being able to get fresh vegetables. So I have done my research and this is how I will preserving food this winter. The video above is my ferment that i burped first thing in the morning. All those active bubbles makes a forager and fermenter like me very happy.

First and foremost I highly recommend purchasing Wildcrafting Fermentation by Pascal Baudar. Its a fantastic book about wildcrafting and fermentation. Basically all you need is vegetables, a wide mouth glass jar, some good sea salt (not ionized), and patience.

The video above is my Dirt to Divine jar made with Organic carrots, black peppercorns, garlic, whole cumin seeds, and green beans. I have decided to lightly wash the carrots, which is a big taboo in my household, but i believe that we get more B12 by eating a little bit of dirt. All the children born before the 80s knows that a little dirt cant hurt you. Plus it adds rustic flavor.

Speaking of carrots. Another way of preserving carrots over the winter is to leave the tops on, lay them in a bin (not touching each other) with either sand or dirt separating them. If you live in a very cold area you can also line the bin with straw and them add the dirt or sand, and carrots. Cover them and put them in your root cellar. The carrots will thing that they are still in the ground and continue to grow. These carrots will become very sweet because the sugars are still active.

One last tip: If you are fortunate enough to have a root cellar, which i am, remember to store all jars on wood planks. Wood will keep the temperature normal whereas metal and glass can get very cold.

A common phrase up here in the mountains is "Winter Is Coming!" People around here work hard through the summer and fall to prepare for survival in the winter. Food preperation is the number one thing you can do to protect your family. Especially in times of food shortages, food prices rising, and winter roads closing. Contact me if you have questions about for storage and preparation.

Take care of yourself and others


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