This week in my kitchen I am…

  • Awaiting my 30 pound peach order and wondering how much will actually get preserved when they are unbelievably tasty fresh.
  • Debating whether or not to can some tomato sauce for winter when we will be playing a tight game of tetris as it is for moving.
  • Happy to watch boys of all ages doing their homemade bread dance after baking what has to be the easiest bread ever this week.
  • Eating tomatoes breakfast, lunch, and dinner around here… and (not surprisingly) they don’t last long.
  • Looking forward with great anticipation to raspberry picking… they are the best berry after all.
  • Making herbal pregnancy every few days and actually really enjoying its yumminess.
  • Enjoying another gallon of lacto-fermented pickles and hoping for extra tomatoes to make the salsa next week.
  • Thankful for a kitchen that was completely clean for about an hour. It was fleeting but it was nice.
  • Starting to plan how we will do the bare necessities like washing dishes and cooling foods once we move off-grid. It is exciting!

What’s happening in your kitchen these days?

 

19 Responses to In My Kitchen

  1. I’m excited for you guys. We canned about 40lbs of peaches this year. I may end up canning more, because 40lbs. just doesn’t look like enough!

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  2. Allison says:

    I say can the marinara; I bet, come winter, you will be glad you did!

    How exciting about your move!!

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    Shannon Reply:

    Allison – I think you are right about that, I’m just worried that we’ll have to leave it behind or give it away if there is simply no more room. Perhaps just a dozen jars wouldn’t be too much though? :) .

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  3. Kelly says:

    Any chance of getting “the easiest bread ever” recipe? :) And I really want to try the salsa, it will be my first try with anything lacto-fermented, I’m excited!

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    Shannon Reply:

    Kelly – I used this recipe: http://www.simplebites.net/simplifying-the-no-knead-bread-recipe/ with a couple of tweaks. I need to change it some more to make it even more digestible and I will share the final recipe once we are satisfied.

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  4. Henriette says:

    Well we are eating our own home grown nectarines, blueberries and figs
    right now- I don´t do much about them – but have preserved some of the nectarines in honey, frozen some of the blueberries.

    Cucumbers and tomatoes are eaten at most meals- but I hope weather will stay warm and stabil so I can dry some tomatoes ( need to finish them in oven – after all this is Denmark…)
    I might do some herbal salt as well in the sun.

    Squash/zuchinni – picked every day so they stays small.

    I´ve got a glass with fermented kimchi on my table so amazing with all homegrown veggies.

    I need to order new hens ( a bit late) so I have more eggs next year…
    and I ought to sow some spinach, arugula and pak shoy ….

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    Shannon Reply:

    Henriette – Yum… it all sounds so good especially the homegrown fruit – something we’ve never had.

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  5. Tracy says:

    Please do share the easy bread making recipe with us…please.

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    Shannon Reply:

    Tracy – I used this recipe: http://www.simplebites.net/simplifying-the-no-knead-bread-recipe/ with a couple of tweaks. I need to change it some more to make it even more digestible and I will share the final recipe once we are satisfied.

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  6. Alicia says:

    Our garden was a huge disappointment this year and so we are relying on lots of U-Pick places to get items for preserving.
    The kids and I picked two bushels of peaches (okay it was mostly me, but they were really excited for the first few trees) and I canned them with two friends on Sat. We got 41 qts, 20 of which are mine and I agree with Katie, it just doesn’t look like enough.
    With the same friend we did pickles last Tues. and I got 12 qts of those plus 3 qts of refrigerator pickles. She also sent me home with 12 qts of pears her family did last year (4 of which are already gone-I’ll have to do more for ourselves!). She also did Dilly Beans for us all.
    We too, are looking forward to fall raspberry picking. We picked blueberries from the same farm, they were delicious and I still need to make some sauce and a lovely dessert from them. I dehydrated 2 cups for adding to granola, which I need to make this week. I wish we would have picked more than 9 1/2 lbs.
    I also have to make bread. And coming up soon will be tomatoes, pears, apples, and maybe even apricots or plums. I’d also like to try beet kvass, but that will have to wait until we get more milk next week.

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    Shannon Reply:

    Alicia – Your kitchen sounds like a hoppin and tasty place. You are doing so much!

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  7. Amanda says:

    Yes, yes! Please share this bread recipe!!

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    Shannon Reply:

    Amanda – I used this recipe: http://www.simplebites.net/simplifying-the-no-knead-bread-recipe/ with a couple of tweaks. I need to change it some more to make it even more digestible and I will share the final recipe once we are satisfied.

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  8. Where do you order your peaches from? I have really wanted to get some peaches, but haven’t had luck finding a source for them and they don’t grow much where I live in MN.

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    Shannon Reply:

    Therese – We live in Michigan – land of awesome peaches – so I ordered them from a local farm. I’m originally from MN and NEVER had peaches so good until we moved here. I’m guessing you’d have to look in southern MN for some good ones, but I don’t know of any off hand… sorry :/.

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  9. I just received a 5 gallon bucket of lemon cucumbers from my sister’s in-laws, so figuring out what to do with all of them will be the project for the week. We already have plenty of pickle relish, garlic dills and bread and butter pickles put up for the year as well as fermented pickles in the fridge.

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  10. Lauren says:

    Thirty pounds of peaches!!! You have inspired me to plan better for next year. I’m afraid I was rather hopeless on the get-fruits-and-preserve front! I feel better about next year, though. :-) Going off-grid sounds scary and exciting!

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  11. Jessica says:

    I totally understand the one hour clean kitchen. I have gone on the adventure of fermented food. I just did my first three jars of fermented pickles. I am excited in three days to find out how they taste. I am also looking forward to fermented dairy.

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  12. Danna says:

    Would you share your pregnancy tea or do you have a good link?? :)

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