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We haven’t been at the market for over 2 months now because of the virus precautions. Inspite of still present dangers we can’t wait any longer but are packaging pickles and miso and some early vegetables.

We are getting up early tomorrow morning (saturday) and will be at the Fyristorg Market from about 08:00 to 13:00.

Now when we need it most. But I’m making more fermented food than ever. This week it’s a light miso with rice koji, soybeans and salt with a 1 year fermentation time.

Hopefully we’ll be able to have the big fermentation day later in spring or this fall.

With the virus epidemic growing and me in the old age risk group, it’s time to tighten up my diet – less sugar and dairy and more miso and pickles (lactic acid bacteria fermentaions).

Breakfast today

Oatmeal with no milk or yoghurt and homemade fruit sauce.

With intant miso broth

A cup of hot water and a spoonful of miso couldn’t be better or faster.

And with all the events being canceled, I’m happy to stay home and do the spring chores around here.

Besides that, I’ve had a medical check up recently saying I’m healthy but have heightened levels of blood sugar and cholesterol, so it’s time for a little change.

The other day I learned from a korean girl visiting that there are indeed innumerable ways to make kimchi. There are areas of Korea where they don’t put in chili powder and other areas where they don’t use fish sauce. My style of kimchi is just as valid as any other. She called mine a white kimchi.

So, I don’t have to call mine timchi anymore as if it’s not a proper kimchi – but I think I’ll call it timchi anyway.

This batch of timchi is with the ingredients cut into bite sized pieces.

Put into jars

And covered with a 3% salt water solution. In the end it becomes about 1.5%. Then it’s put it away for a proper fermentation.

We’ve had some frost the last couple of mornings. I covered the cucumber plants (and other sensitive crops), so they might produce for another couple of weeks. I already have enough cucumber pickles for this year now, so the recent pickings have gone to sales.

I can also made some experimental batches. Yesterday I made another jar of tumeric pickles with white cucumbers,

and a cucumber mix of white cucumbers, dill, sweet pepper, chili, green pears, beans, fennel, onions, garlic, whatever. I made such a mix last year and it was very good, especially the pickled pear.

Tofu is great in miso soup. Almost a must. You can also make a tofu pickle. Just put tofu pieces in a jar of miso.

A day or two is good enough. Then wipe or rinse off and eat.

I put in some radish halves too.

One of the jars of chunky style kimchi broke. We weren’t home when it happened, so we don’t know if it was an explosion, pop or just broke due to pressure building up.

When we got home, the kitchen floor was all wet and there was a bit of a mess to clean up. 4 liters of kimchi gone. It didn’t look like an explosion. It must have been a flaw in the glass jar that broke under pressure.

Some people have heard about or maybe experienced explosions and asked me about this problem. I’ve never had an explosion, but two times jars have broken under pressure. My recommendation is to be carefull handling the jars so that they don’t bang or click together. Another thing I heard is to slightly open the lid of the jars to let the pressure gases out and not let air in once a day during the first week.

Good luck!

A few weeks ago we made some kimchi where the ingredients were finely shredded and packed like sauerkraut. This time we made it chunky style with coarsely chopped vegetables.

And this time packed into jars (not pounded) and covered with a 3% brine.

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.

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.