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.

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!  :)

Valley Food Storage Review

Many times we’ve discussed food preparations and in our prepping discussions, we’ve talked about different scenarios for when we might need to have a nice stock of food on hand. There doesn’t have to be a “zombie apocalypse” for us to wish we had a good supply of food on hand. The recent ebola scare, though it looks like it isn’t going to be as serious as it sounded initially, could have been a disaster, especially if there was an outbreak in your area. The flu season is coming and we may end up not feeling like going out or we may not want to be out with other sick people. There could be many scenarios when we would not want to have to go out to the grocery store.

When I’ve discussed canning food, many have commented that they just don’t have room to store food and I understand that. Valley Food Storage may be a solution to those with little to no storage, or for those who have no interest in cannning food.

A couple of weeks ago, I ordered a sample from Valley Food Storage. I wasn’t sure what I would receive but was sent a package of their Pasta Primavera to try. Today I fixed it for lunch. It was delicious! Straight out of the package, I fixed myself a little bowl of it and you know we like good food and this was good! I added some sauteed, partially cooked broccoli, asparagus, carrots and mushrooms.

Pasta Primavera

Pasta Primavera

The sauce was delicious! Honestly, I could see myself opening a package of this and fixing it for company. It was great with the veggies and it would be great with a grilled chicken breast but what matters most is that alone, straight out of the package, with nothing added, it was delicious and would be easy to fix and quite filling.

The sealed, dried foods from Valley Foods have a 25  year shelf life – they guarantee it.

I’ve always been hesitant to buy the freeze dried foods that are supposed to last forever because what good is it to have a full pantry of food if it doesn’t taste good and you’d have to be starving before you’d eat it? I can only speak for the pasta primavera but I don’t think anyone would have a problem eating this and enjoying every bite of it.

Please check out their website. At this time, you can order a sample and see what you think.  Looks like they’ve taken down the offer for a free sample. Sorry!