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{fermentation} Kombucha Confessions

    I don’t like kombucha. There, I said it, and it feels good to get it off my chest. You see, I’ve been dabbling in fermentation for quite some time. I have brought milk and water kefir grains to food swaps and discussed probiotics with the best of them. I think a glass of water […]

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A fully developed starter at 100%, ripe and ready to go to work.

{fermentation} Make your own sourdough starter

Editors note: We’ve had a lot of talk about bread baking and sourdough lately, so I reached out to Otis Maxwell of “Burnt My Fingers” to solicit his expertise on making a sourdough starter from scratch.  Having sampled Otis’s bread at many a From Scratch Club Swap, I was very excited when he agreed to […]

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{making it last} Dehydrating Celery

Editors Note: I’m pleased as punch to welcome our newest Community Voice!  Ida Walker is a freelance editor and author. She’s also behind Ida’s Artisan Kitchen and the blog The Enabling Cook. She loves to make cheese, bread, sausage, bread, beer,  hot sauce, jelly, and jam, among other things. She also dehydrates, ferments, cans, and […]

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{Cold Brewed Iced Coffee} Easy and Delicious

I first learned about cold brewed coffee a while back when I read Cory Doctorow’s young adult novel, Homeland, where the main character brings a stash of cold brew coffee to Burning Man, to use as barter currency on the playa. It’s popping up everywhere now, for sale in plastic jugs by the quart, or […]

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{diy project} Mint Extract & Thin Mints

The first time I used fresh mint from the garden to make mint chocolate chip ice cream, it didn’t taste right. I was so used to store-bought peppermint ice cream that fresh mint tasted strange. However, over the past couple of years I’ve come to love that fresh mint taste. I’ve used mint from our […]

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{DIY Home & Body} Laundry Powder

Editor’s Note: Jennifer Wilkerson has given us recipes for homemade bread & dinner rolls, farmer’s cheese, Lemon Syrup, Lemonade & for your cleaning needs lemon vinegar and now Laundry Powder. She’s a keeper! -Christina Our family has sensitive skin. After the birth of our daughter twenty years ago we began buying dye-free, perfume-free laundry products. Over the years as we […]

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{Farm Aid 2013} Grains Brains Pancakes

Editor’s Note: I am still over the moon, that Jennifer of Farm Aid’s Homegrown.Org reached out to From Scratch Club many moons ago about co-presenting the Skills Tent at this year’s Farm Aid Concert on September 21, at SPAC in my backyard, Saratoga Springs, NY.  We assisted Jennifer in stocking the Skills Tent class schedule […]

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{drink it up} Autumn Sangria. Apple Spice & Everything Nice

The cool air is here, the leaves are starting to change, apple and spice something is baking all over town and most importantly, it is wine season for me. I love wine and as the nights get chilly nothing warms me like a nice glass of red, while eating warm from the oven apple crisp. […]

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{diy project} Fermented Hot Sauce – Airlock Method

Last year I experimented with various veggie lacto-fermentation projects, like kimchi and pickles. I also ran a test to see if I could come up with a decent sriracha, and found the results exceeded my expectations. This year, I decided to try out using an air lock, instead of worrying about ziploc baggies filled with […]

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{home & body craft} Crocheted Face Cloths

I have have a very quick, easy, and satisfying crafting project for you all. Those of you that wash your face each and every night know that a washcloth is just wayyyyyy too big and unnecessary for a nightly face washing. For this months project, you will crochet small, reusable face washcloths. This project truly […]

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{drink it up} Lemon Syrup, Lemonade & Lemon Vinegar

Editor’s Note: Jennifer Wilkerson has given us homemade bread & dinner rolls and farmer’s cheese… now she brings us a triple doozy: Lemon Syrup, Lemonade & for your cleaning needs lemon vinegar. Man, she’s good isn’t she? -Christina When farmers markets and fruit stands are bursting with seasonal goodness meals are easy. Any combination of […]

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{Craft} Thrifted Silverware Garden Markers

Happy Summer Everyone! Lauren Brown here with my recent crafty obsession … I’m excited to be back on FSC after a long tax season!!! Hand-stamped, Thrifted Silverware Garden Markers. A mouthful, I know. This year marks our second year of having a home and therefore a home garden. Our garden has evolved from 1 big […]

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{recipe} Vivid Choi Salad Dressing

This week is the first time I’ll be working at a farmers’ market for myself. For 4 years I have (and still do) work with Kilpatrick Family Farm at the Saratoga & Glens Falls Farmers’ Markets. I really, truly love it. Since starting Little Sparrow Farm I was uncertain about how I’d sell my products […]

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{diy project} Farmer’s Cheese

Editor’s Note: Please welcome back our newest FSC Contributor, Jennifer Wilkerson, for her follow-up piece. Her first piece, Jennifer’s Sandwich Bread & Rolls, is a must read & do kinda piece! Welcome back Jennifer! -Christina Last weekend my husband and I debated how long it had been since we had been to a big box […]

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{reflections on food} My Fermentation Life/How to Make Kombucha

During any given week in my life lately I have multiple glass jars in the corner of my kitchen containing various fermentation projects.  I love it.  I love having stuff growing right there in my kitchen.  A little microbial garden.  I also love having a constant flow of home-made foods that are good for me. […]

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