Archives for category: Food processing

I didn’t grow many carrots this year, because they are usually eaten up by carrot fly larve. The ones that made it through the summer were, however, very nice – big and almost no bugs.

Instead of trying to save them in the root cellar, I preserve them with the help of lactic acid bacteria.

This is definitely not enough for the year, so I’ll have to buy more carrots from a friend who has better growing conditions, and remember to grow more next year.

Not all the cabbages got devoured by the onslaught of bugs and drought this year. Many survived and are thriving now in the cooler weather.

Kohlrabi too

It’s pickling time now, and although I left most to get bigger, I picked some cabbages to make a batch of sauerkraut.

The one on the right is a trial to make a sauerkraut out of shredded kohlrabi.

Because of the frost I picked all the rest of the cucumbers, even the small ones, and set them for pickling.

Not enough cucumbers and too big of a jar for the last ones, so I filled in with a jolly mix. I added, peppers, onions, apples and beens. I can’t wait to taste it, but alas, I must wait 4 weeks for the fermentaion to happen.

Getting ready for the big one!

The yearly Wik Harvest Market. We are spending a good part of 3 days harvesting, baking, packaging, etc.

It starts tomorrow (16 sept) 11 oclock at Wik Slott near Uppsala.

My version of kimchi! I started to run out of kimchi for sales, so had to make more. My own savoy and asian cabbages are not looking good after this summers drought and onslaught of bugs (they are looking better as the weather cools and it rains). So I had to go to the supermarket and get ingredients to complement my own garlic, carrots, peppers and chilis.

15 grams seasalt per kilo ingredients.

Presto – 15 kilos of vegies becomes 17 liters ready for fermentation.

Every week I harvest a bucket or two of cucumbers for pickling. I sell some at the market, but most I pickle.

I nearly have enough of what I think will be a years supply. This week I sold all but a handfull that I made into pickles.

Today we have harvested string and wax beans. Usually I sell them or we eat them. But one of my best customers mentioned that she loves pickled beans. So I had to make some. I haven’t made any for years, so I checked the book and then started by trimming them.

Raw beans have a substance called phasein, not good for the stomach, so I needed to parboil them for 5 to 10 minutes,

let them cool,

and put them into pickling jars along with flavorings like peppers, mustard seed, and garlic. Then I poured salt water (3%) over and sealed them for the normal pickling process.

I hope they meet her standard and taste when they are ready in about 4 weeks.

From our mangy prune tree we saved quite a load of prunes this year.

The bees and wasps and other bugs were there first and got probably half of the crop (good for them), but we got plenty. Alas, we managed to not get stung,

We cleaned and pitted them and made them into jam.

It’s put into containers then into the freezer.

For the rest of the year.

Sweet basil gets alot of protection and watering this year of the long hot summer and is growing like never before.

One of my favorite herbs, I need a lot. Along with thyme and oregano, it makes up my version of the herbs of provence, which I use it in my herb miso as well as a score of other recipes.

After a poor start at planting-out, the cucumber plants that survived have gotten established and are producing the first cucumbers ready for this years pickling.

Washed and pricked and put in the jar with garlic, dill flowers, and current leaves,

The amount of salt (1.5%) is very important and I have to think twice when calculating water and salt. Here I have a 3 liter jar, and I figure half cucumbers and half water – 1.5 liters water. Since half of the salt will osmose into the vegetables, I figure twice as much or 30 grams per liter water, making 45 grams salt for this batch. After osmosis this will result in 1.5% salt.

During the 4 week fermentation time, the lactic acid bacteria will proliferate and produce the acid, flavors and other good stuff.

The natural dill pickle!

While the garden is taking almost all of my time with the seeding, planting, weeding, cultivating, watering, harvesting and marketing, I must take some time for other stuff like making some more pickles before I run out (like 4 weeks before I run out). Last week we made a big batch of store bought eco carrots.

The other day we made a big batch of sauerkraut too.

I wonder if it all will last until I harvest my own carrots and cabbage in the fall?