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Wicked Simple Sauerruben Recipe

Lacto-fermented veggies are very easy to make, full of good for you probiotics and are a nice balance to the rich, warm foods we have begun eating for the fall and winter.  Sauerruben is made just like sauerkraut, only instead of shredded cabbage you’ll be thinly slicing baby turnips. This method is a very easy way to preserve the end of harvest bounty by making it even more nutritious and flavorful.  The sauerruben will last for months in the fridge, if you don’t eat it all in the first few weeks!

Ingredients:

-Salt, 2 tsp per pound of veggies.

-Turnips, sliced or shredded. After much experimenting, I prefer sliced when using smaller, tender turnips. The turnips in this picture are delicious sweet, tender Hakurei turnips from our friends at Woven Roots Farm in Lee, MA.

Options per Quart mason jar-
1-2 clove garlic

and/or 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

and/or 1/2 tsp caraway seeds

Or get cray-zay and spice it up with everything!

 

Clean bottles filled with water make great weights to keep the veggies under their brine.

Clean bottles filled with water make great weights to keep the veggies under their brine.

Method:

-Weigh your sliced turnips and measure out 2 teaspoons of salt for each 1 pound of turnips.

-Add sliced turnips into jar, sprinkling salt as you go. The salt draws the water out of the turnips creating the brine it will ferment in. Weight top, mashing the veggies a bit to compact them and encourage the brine to form.  We used empty, cleaned beer bottles filled with water to weight the turnips and keep them under the brine.

-Keep the veggies submerged under the brine or risk nasty things happening. Add a little water if you don’t get enough liquid from the veggies.

-Store them at room temp somewhere where possible overflowing brine won’t cause problems, like a counter top with a pan under the jars to catch spills.

-Wait a few days, admiring the lovely bubbling. Taste every now and then.

-Put in the fridge to stop further souring, or keep them out for maximum sour awesomeness.

Nurse Moon’s Quick Fire Pickles

Pretty pickles made with Fire Cider!

Pretty pickles made with Fire Cider!

This recipe was sent to me by my friend Helen, yes, she’s a nurse and she knows what’s good for us- whole, organic foods!  This quick pickle recipe is an excellent way to preserve all those cucumbers that have taken over your garden.  Raw cucumbers are a cooling summer food.  When combined with some hot pepper, garlic, ginger and vinegar these pickle become a perfect fall condiment or snack.  Enjoy!

Fire Cider Pickles:

  • 2 or 3 cucumbers sliced into thin rounds
  • half an onion sliced into half moons
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • a thumbnail of ginger, peeled

For the Brine:

  • Few pinches of kosher salt
  • Crushed red pepper (to taste)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup Fire Cider
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
Boiling the pickles

Boiling the pickles

 

Method:

1. Put the cucumber, onion slices, ginger and garlic into a clean quart canning jar.

2. Add the remaining brine ingredients to a pot an boil on the stove top for 5 minutes.

3. Pour the hot liquid mixture over the  cucumbers and onions in the jar and close lid.  Let it set for 5-10 minutes.
4. Strain the liquid back into the pot and boil another 10 minutes. Pour over the cucumbers and onions in the jar again and set for another 10 minutes with the lid on.
5. Now, bring water to a boil in the pot (enough water to cover the jar at least half way when submerged)  and set the jar, with the lid on and the cucumbers in the brine, in the boiling water.
6. Then turn off heat and let the jar (and hot water) cool.  Once it’s cool, refrigerate and enjoy!

Homemade Mayo is Wicked Easy

Have I mentioned lately how much I love Mark Bittman’s recipes?  They are easy, accessible, reliable and, of course, delicious!  Here’s one that Dana and I have been making up weekly because mayo goes with everything.  Seriously, my friend eats banana mayonnaise sandwiches!

Mayonnaise by Mark Bittman from ‘How To Cook Everything’

This is the easiest, quickest way I have found to make mayonnaise at home. Making it yourself means it’s made from organic high quality ingredients and costs a lot less than the stuff at the store, win win.  

I have a Bamix wand blender made in Switzerland, it’s the ultimate wand blender and unlike most other versions, it will last forever because it’s all one piece. On models where the stem detaches, eventually the connection point wears down and then you need a whole new one. No good. You can also use a blender or a food processor to make this mayonnaise. Or use a whisk, but remember, when whisking by hand you must add the oil only a teaspoon at a time and whip it in between. It’s a bit of a work out!

Ingredients for 1 Cup:

  • 1 whole egg at room temperature
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard or organic Dijon-style mustard
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice OR 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil, sunflower seed oil, grape-seed oil or a combination, or more if needed, at room temperature
  • Pinch or two of unrefined sea salt, to taste

Method:

  1. In food processor or blender combine the egg, cayenne, mustard, lemon juice, salt and ¼ cup of the oil. Blend for about 30 seconds.
  2. Then, with the processor or blender running, add the oil in a slow, thin stream. After you have added about ½ the oil, the mixture should start to thicken. You can add up to 1 ½ cups of oil, to the desired consistency.
  3. That’s it! Taste and adjust seasonings: more salt or lemon. Place in a glass jar with tight fitting lid. It will firm up even more in the fridge and will last about 2 weeks.
  4. If you’d like to, you can add 1 tablespoon of whey (which you can easily strain out of your whole milk yogurt) in the first step, before adding oil. In this case, let the finished mayo sit at room temperature for 7 hours and then place in the fridge. It will last several months this way and contains beneficial bacteria.

Variations…

Fire Cider:  Use Fire Cider in place of the lemon juice- 1 tablespoon Fire Cider plus 1 Tablespoon of water

Garlic : Add 1-2 crushed cloves garlic to the egg yolk mixture. Be sure to use fresh garlic cloves, not jarred paste or jarred cloves, which can have an acrid taste.  This one is great with the Fire Cider version.

Cilantro Cucumber: Replace lemon juice with lime juice. After the mayo has thickened, add 3/4 cup cilantro leaves and 1/2 cup peeled, seeded, and chopped cucumber. Puree in blender until smooth.

Herbs: When the mayonnaise has thickened, add 1/2 cup fresh parsley and 1/4 cup single or mixed fresh herbs, such as basil, tarragon, mint, or chives. Puree in blender until smooth.

Updated Egg Salad

I love this new version of  egg salad that Heidi posted on her blog 101 Cookbooks, which if you don’t already rely on it for great recipes, now you know!  This is a nice, light update on a familiar classic, perfect for a new light filled season.

Here’s her recipe, I didn’t want to change a thing, except maybe adding a few dashes of Fire Cider!

hard-boiled-egg-1

Ingredients:

6 eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 small head of radicchio, shredded
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
1 medium shallot, chopped
3 baby radishes, shaved thin

to serve: little dollop of salted creme fraiche and/or a drizzle of olive oil and Fire Cider

Method:

“Place the eggs in a pot and cover with cold water by a 1/2-inch or so. Bring to a gentle boil. Now turn off the heat, cover, and let sit for ten minutes. Have a big bowl of ice water ready and when the eggs are done cooking place them in the ice bath for three minutes or so – long enough to stop the cooking.

Crack and peel each egg, then use the big holes on a standard box grater to grate the eggs. Place in a bowl and use your fingers to gently toss the eggs with the salt and pepper.

At this point you can add whatever you like to the salad –  shredded radicchio, fresh dill, shallots, and shaved baby radishes.

Serve topped with tiny dollops of something creamy – like creme fraich or plain yogurt, and a drizzle of olive oil and Fire Cider.  Just a bit of each so you don’t weigh it down.”

Serves 2-4.

Prep time: 5 min – Cook time: 10 min

Serve this salad on top of homemade flax crackers or store bought flax crackers!

Buttermilk Biscuits

Comfort foods can be healthy foods: These grain free buttermilk biscuits will leave you feeling full without the sugar crash or carbohydrate cravings from traditional wheat biscuits.   Wheat is a common allergen and with Spring on its way now is a great time to try cutting wheat from your diet:  Some people report dramatically lowered seasonal allergy symptoms from eliminating wheat.  High quality eggs, buttermilk and butter or coconut oil make these a great source of brain food and lasting energy-perfect for an afternoon snack!  The flours, flax and buttermilk are available locally at Berkshire Organics, Guido’s and the Berkshire Coop Market.  These are perfect for brunch: as a base for Eggs Benedict or topped with Fire Cider Chutney.  Oh, and how about biscuits and gravy? Yum!  Set your oven to 425 and get baking!

First, mix together your dry ingredients, making sure to break up any lumps.

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine grain salt
  • 2 Tablespoons almond flour- Bob’s Red Mill makes a superior almond flour.
  • 2 Tablespoons finely ground flax
  • 3/4 cup coconut flour

Once your dry mix is thoroughly combined:

  • add 6 Tablespoons (a heaping 1/3 cup) of cold coconut oil or cold, unsalted pasture butter, broken up into small chunks.

Cut the fat into the dry mix using a pastry cutter until you get a pea sized meal.  Stop combining before it starts to clump together into a ball.

Crumbly flour and butter mixture.

Crumbly flour and butter mixture.

Combine in a separate bowl:

Whip the egg into the buttermilk.

Evan's Cultured Buttermilk is great to bake with.

Evan’s Cultured Buttermilk is great to bake with.

Pour the wet mixture into the dry and fold to combine.

buttermilk biscuits batter

The batter will be very wet, but as it sits for a few minutes the coconut flour will fully absorb the excess liquid. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and scoop out biscuits, I have used 1/4 cup measure as well as an ice cream scoop.  Make them as big – 8 biscuits or as small – 16 biscuits- as you like.  Use your hands to flatten them a bit into shape. Bake for 18-22 minutes- til browned and set.  They will be more fragile that regular grain biscuits so let them cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet first.

Eat immediately or let cool completely and keep in an air tight container in the fridge.

Warm buttermilk biscuits topped with creme fraiche.

Warm buttermilk biscuits topped with creme fraiche.

Grilled Chili Shrimp

Here’s the next spicy, healthy recipe from Chef Joe Dewey.  It is pretty similar to Nina’s recipe, which she sent us after meeting team Fire Cider at the Big E this year.   Nina marinated and grilled the shrimp and then made fire cider shrimp tacos! According to Nina “they were SO good!” Here is the Chef Dewey’s version of a chili shrimp marinade plus Nina’s taco serving suggestion:

 Organic Ingredients:
  • 2 red chili peppers chopped
  • 3 tablespoons Fire Cider
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 2 lbs raw shrimp, peeled
  • 2 limes squeezed
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • salt and pepper to taste
Looks like dinner to me!

Looks like dinner to me!

Method:
Combine all ingredients as a marinade, add peeled shrimp and let marinate for 2 hours.  Grill 3 minutes per side.  Or saute til cooked through.
Serve cooked shrimp in corn tortillas with a coleslaw made of shredded cabbage, shredded carrot, a little mayo, a squeeze of lime juice, salt, and pepper.
Top with sliced avocado for a healthy delicious meal.

Kickin’ Dippin’ Sauce

This recipe is short and spicy sweet!  This is from a Fire Cider fan I met at the Big E, and it’s my favorite kind of recipe: there’s lots of room to make it your own and it’s super quick to whip up.  Fresh dill is generally available year round and if you like it, consider growing your own on a sunny window sill!

Windowsill Garden in Tea Tins

Ingredients:

2 parts sour cream

1 part mayo

Fire Cider to desired consistency and taste

salt and pepper to taste

lots of fresh dill

dill-icious!

Method:

Finely chop the dill and mix it well with the rest of the ingredients.  Taste and adjust seasonings.  Enjoy as a snack with fresh veggies, flax crackers or corn chips!

Instant Green Bean Salad…

Just add green beans!

Pretty beans in the garden.

Pretty beans in the garden.

This is Brian’s raw salad recipe and it’s ready to eat in just a few minutes.  If you have a garden or know someone who does, chances you’ve got fresh, crispy green beans in your fridge or backyard right now.  I love to eat them raw, straight off the plant, something I started doing as a kid, grazing in my dad’s garden.  If you want to fancy up your beans a bit, try this:

Grab a couple of fistfuls of fresh raw green beans and cut each one into bit sized pieces.

Chop up some red onion and colorful bell pepper.

Combine all the veggies in a container with a fitted lid, like a wide mouth mason jar.

Dress with a drizzle of olive oil to coat plus course ground salt and a healthy splash of Fire Cider.

Put the lid on and shake well to combine all the ingredients.

Eat now or pack it for lunch or a picnic!

Chef Joe Dewey’s Avocado and Black Bean Salad

I love Joe’s new recipe, it’s made using many of my favorite foods and flavors.  Avocados are full of vitamins, fiber and healthy fats, the kind that protect your heart, have anti-inflammatory properties and also taste really, really good.  Black beans, and beans in general, have a bit of a bad reputation for being difficult to digest.  Don’t avoid this super food because of improper cooking!  It’s easy to cook delicious, digestible beans, using a crock pot and adding kombu seaweed during the cooking process.  You can find easy to follow instructions on the website Nourishing Days.com under the post titled, ‘Why Beans Are Hard to Digest & 8 Tips For Making The easier on the Belly’

Alternatively, canned beans are super convenient and when combined with plenty of good for you fats, like the olive oil and avocado in this recipe, they are an easy to digest source of vegan protein and fiber.  This quick and easy salad is full of flavor that gets better with time. Take this to your next picnic or pack it for lunch!

The following recipe was created by local Berkshire County Chef Joe Dewey.  Joe has been helping us in the Fire Cider kitchen and he’s come up with a whole bunch of exciting new recipes for us.  So if you love this, stay tuned for next week’s Fire Cider blog post by our new guest chef!

avocado black bean salsa

 Ingredients:
  • 2 firm avocados
  • 4 large garden fresh tomatoes
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1 and 1/2 cup black beans or one 15 ounce can
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro (or, if you dislike cilantro, substitute with parsley)
  • 2 jalapenos (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons Fire Cider
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 2 or 3 cloves garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
Method: 
Chop the avocado, tomatoes and onion into bite sized pieces.  Roughly chop the herbs,  mince the hot pepper and garlic.
Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and marinate together for 1 hour on your counter or in the fridge, well covered.
Aside from eating this salad with a spoon, it’s a great take along meal for school or work and is delicious with corn tortilla chips.  Or eat it over salad greens that have been lightly salted, tossed, lightly oiled, olive is fine, tossed again and then squeeze fresh lime juice on top, add Avocado and Black Bean Salsa and perhaps some grated cheddar cheese?  Or roll this salsa up in a large corn tortilla with some baby spinach, queso fresco and top with hot sauce.  Basically, any way you eat this, it’s good and good for you!

Sweet and Spicy Cajun Corn Salsa

Elise came up with this new marinated salad using Fire Cider and Cajun seasonings to bring some sweet heat to the seasons freshest veggies: corn and tomatoes!  Pick some up on your next trip to the farmer’s market and then give this recipe a try.  And remember, you can stop by and see Elise at the Fire Cider booth at select Sowa Farmer’s Markets til the end of October.
roasted Cajun corn salad
 Ingredients:
  • Garlic 1-3 cloves
  • 1/2 medium white onion
  • 4 ears corn cut off the cob
  • 2 ripe tomatoes
  • 1-2 cups Black, kidney or other beans
  • Fire cider
  • Lemon juice
  • Cajun spices, for example: one teaspoon each paprika, coriander, cumin and dried oregano; one-quarter teaspoon each cayenne pepper and cinnamon.
  • Cumin
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Honey
 Method:
Finely dice the onions and garlic, and marinate in fire cider with lemon juice, salt, pepper, cumin, honey, and Cajun spices, all to taste, in a large bowl.  Add diced tomatoes and beans and stir to combine.  Set aside.
Heat a cast iron skillet on high.
Toss corn and your favorite Cajun spice mix with a small amount of olive oil in a bowl and then add to the hot skillet.
Cook until corn begins to brown/crisp, stirring often.  Taste and add more spice of you’d like!
Add the hot cooked corn to the onion tomato and bean mixture and let it marinate for at least an hour at room temperature.
Enjoy, preferably outdoors, with a Fire Cider Gimlet or some Extra Tangy Lemonade!

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