All this week, ManMade is excited to be teaming up with America's Test Kitchen to share lots of cool, DIY food crafts and ideas, any which would make an excellent weekend project or a great handmade holiday gift for your family and friends.
There is a decidely and very unfortunate number of people in my life who believe they don't like pickles. It doesn't matter what sort...they hear the P-word, and their mouths and their minds are closed.
I’ve been doing a lot of canning this summer because I really like the combined elements of food and craft. Plus, there’s something to be said about looking at a cupboard full of preserved fruits and vegetables in your kitchen during the middle of some future snow storm. There’s no better feeling. But what about your lonely fridge that’s craving some of-the-moment produce right now? That's what fridge pickling is for. No bulky canning tools, worrying about acidity levels, or boiling water necessary. Instead, you replace those with the satisfaction of getting to eat your produce the next day by following a few simple steps
Some people like to pickle cucumbers, but to me there is nothing better than a crunchy pickled green bean. Add some Asian flavors, and you won't be able to keep your hands out of the jar.
Last summer, I took the plunge into home canning, and while I'm getting the hang of it, it's complex. It only makes sense when doing LOTS of goodies at one time, and there are particular recipes to make sure the produce is properly cooked for preservation.
So, we're loving this idea: bachelor's jam (or officer's jam) employs the bacteria-preventing power of liquors and spirits to preserve fresh fruit, resulting in two wonderful things - alcohol soaked fresh fruit, and fresh fruit soaked alcohol. :)
"[One] recipe calls for one pound of sugar per pound of fruit,layering the sugar atop the fruit in a nonreactive container and covering the
"Why preserve a lemon," you're probably asking. Well, cause they're fabulous, and the secret ingredient of North African cuisine. With a jar of these homemade guys, you now have access to a whole new twist on Mediterranean cuisine, without a shred of Parmigiano Reggiano in sight.
Farm City author Novella Carpenter shares this story: "There’s this lemon tree in an abandoned lot a block down the street from my house (and urban farm) in Oakland, CA. For months I’ve walked past and thought, “Damn, that’s a lot of lemons!” Meyers lemons, I could smell them — sweeter than regular lemons... If we didn’t pick them all, they would have gone to waste. It’s also good for a lemon tree to have its fruit picked. Harvesting stimulates it to make more fruit, to flower and go on doing its job. And so we picked almost all of them."
Still not convinced its worth your time? Just Google it. You want some of this. Promise.
Windall and Lenore from Evil Mad Scientist found themselves in a terrible predicament this winter - 75 pounds of free citrus fruit, and no way to eat it all. So, they opted for the route that many take when they find themselves with a plethora of produce - they canned it by makin' marmalade.
"The first step is to peel the fruit. We've made lemon, lemon-orange, and orange marmalade, but you can use pretty much any citrus fruit.
We looked around a bit and settled on this recipe primarily because of its simplicity. It scales well. For a large batch, just keep peeling and cutting fruit until the pot is full or your hands were tired. You can also scale down--grab a couple of oranges from the cafeteria and you'll make a lot of friends in your dorm kitchen."