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The Power of Black Garlic

  I first heard about black garlic a few years ago when a chef friend gave me a few cloves to try. I thought it was interesting, but I didn't really do a deep dive into the product because you ...

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Lacto-Fermentation & Lessons I have Learned

  When I want to learn, teach, or write about a new culinary technique, I tend to go down various rabbit holes of online research, cookbooks, recipe testing, and trial and error to figure out how to ...

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How to Grow a SCOBY and make Kombucha at Home

  The world of kombucha has been something of a mystery for a long time and aside from a few movie references and jokes about it, the average person didn’t really know much about it. It wasn’t until ...

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Don't Waste Food, Preserve It

Food waste is a huge issue in our society, and can be a huge issue for your pocketbook. Finding out what to do with those leftover veggies or extra filet of salmon can sometimes be difficult for home ...

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Put your Food Preservation Fears to Rest

Local farmers markets are bursting with late-summer produce right now. Wouldn't it be great if you could enjoy this bounty in the middle of a frigid Midwest winter? You can, simply by canning, ...

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3 Helpful Tips for First Time Fermenters

  Fermentation is a metabolic process with the aid of yeast, bacteria and other microorganisms that breaks down usually a carbohydrate-rich food into carbon dioxide and alcohol or acid. Beer, wine, ...

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Honey and Jalapeños

  A few weeks ago during an event at The Chopping Block, I encouraged a group of guests to drizzle some of our jalapeño honey on their cheese tray. I could tell by the looks on their faces that this ...

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Fermented Garlic Honey

  If you’ve never fermented anything before, but are interested in trying, this raw fermented garlic honey is the easiest and most approachable place to start! 

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Homemade Sauerkraut in Just Two Weeks

  If you've read any of my other posts before, you know I love quick, cheap, easy recipes that aren't really recipes at all. I like the freedom of knowing the rules and ratios so I know where I can ...

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