Kraut is Finished!

Why did I never think of making sauerkraut before? We used quite a bit of it and now that we’ve tasted fresh kraut, we’ll be eating even more.

In early October, we purchased the TSM 10 L Fermenting Crock.

Fermentation Pot

Fermentation Pot

The crock is a little expensive but if you like sauerkraut, this one is truly “fix and forget”.

On October 10, I shredded 4 heads of cabbage and put into the crock. My guess was that 4 heads of cabbage was about all it would hold but it was barely half full so I put in 2 more heads of cabbage, and, of course, salt. There’s a well type ring around the lid so you place the lid on the crock, and pour water into the well which stops air from getting to the cabbage but still allows it to “burp” during the fermentation. I loved hearing it burp . . I knew it was doing what it needed to do.

According to all I’ve read, it takes 2 weeks for it to ferment at about 75º, so today was the day. We were both so anxious to check it out..

Fermented Cabbage

Fermented Cabbage

You can’t tell much about it but we both tasted it and it was great! I was feeding the guys working on the greenhouse and they couldn’t believe how good it was. For lunch, we had sausage dogs with kraut, along with fried okra and fried jalapeno peppers.

Kraut

Kraut

Before lunch, we had 10 quarts but after lunch, 9 quarts and 1 pint went into the fridge! 

If you halfway like storebought canned kraut, you may want to think about making your own. In the crock, it did fine sitting in my kitchen for two weeks with temps being about 73 – 75 degrees. I think I would leave it a few days longer next time just to get a bit more “sour” taste.  It’s so crunchy and fresh tasting.

Yarn Report – Week 43, 2014

I almost forgot the yarn report!  Vince was home this afternoon so I totally lost track of time.

Well, it’s Amy’s fault again. Some of the yarn received is from Knitted Wit, and I’d never heard of them til Amy told me so that’s definitely her fault, right? Then, I had no idea Madelinetosh sold yarn through fairly regular updates on their website . . until . . yep, Amy told me about that too! 

Buckle My Shoe (5 skeins)

Buckle My Shoe (5 skeins)

Canopy (6 Skeins)

Canopy (6 Skeins)

Could have been worse.  Some that was ordered didn’t arrive yet.

Nothing to report as used since nothing is finished.

My numbers are all screwed up so I give up the running total. I’ll continue to show what comes in and what gets used. There’s no way I’m going to come out with good numbers and  . . who cares anyway?

Private Select Pies

Vince was at a catered dinner the other day and he brought home his dessert for me . . I guess it was kinda like a doggy bag for the wife! It was peach pie and I wasn’t prepared to be overly impressed because you know I’m more of a homemade kind of girl and most storebought or “pre-fab” as I call them, prepared items don’t get me real excited. The first bite of that pie and I was in pie heaven! I asked Vince . . can  you please ask the caterer where he got these pies? Vince said “Probably some restaurant supply company and we can’t get them.” I encouraged him to ask . . you never know.

After talking to the caterer, Vince said . . “You won’t believe this. The pies are from Kroger!”

Last night was the last of the catered dinners and there were two pies left over so Vince bought one and brought it home.

Private Select Pie

Private Select Pie

I think Vince said they’re in the deli and at our store, you may have to ask for them. He also thinks they have apple, cherry and peach.

Peach pie is one of my very favorites (but I know . . I say that about everything!).

Peach Pie

Peach Pie

The crust is good. It’s thicker like I like my crusts and it’s kinda sweet and chewy . . like I like my crusts. The filling is just delicious and there are lots of peaches and they’re firm and not mushy. 

Peach Pie

Peach Pie

Add a little Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream and it’s so good. Maybe I’ll be wishing I’d never learned about these pies. 

I have no idea how much they cost but I’m betting . . I would pay more!  :)