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http://www.nwedible.com/2012/11/giveaway-farm-curious-wide-mouth-recap-fermenting-kit.html

I like this idea… but don’t like buying stuff when I can alter something I already have to do the trick. I’ll post pics of the experiment when my camera is back online (I’ve recently been hit with a double-whammy technology mutiny of laptop-meltdown and camera-on-strike… hopefully a new battery will bring the camera back, but the laptop has been pronounced dead. Memorial services forthcoming, after I return the refurbished hard drive that did not resurrect it. Sigh.).
So… plastic jar lid + holesaw + drill should = bungable mason jar, $0. Hooray! Time to go raid the airlock and stopper drawer! Yes, we have one of those. Or rather, two. A whole drawer of each. I know. It’s a sickness… I call it Hobby Disorder, or other more colorful but FCC-banned epithets when I’m frustrated with trying to impose order on our oft-chaotic and crammed-to-the-gills with mostly-useful-but-often-in-the-way-or-superfluous-stuff studio…

I dream of an uncluttered space but I don’t think it will ever happen, at least not here, and certainly not now. I look at craigslist ads for yurts the way some folks dream of a time share in the tropics- escape! Tranquility! Exotic destinations! For me that would be just a little fabric room out back that will have NOTHING IN IT… ok, maybe some candles and a tatami mat. A girl can dream, right? I’d take a strawbale studio too… I’m not picky. With a rocketstove cob bench and a desk in front, I would never have frozen writer’s fingers again!


Instead, for now I’ve got the Frigid Future Pantry Bathroom office (current temperature, a frosty fourty-eight degrees Farenheit, but it could be worse…)- a computer on a tabletop perched on the claw-foot tub, as it’s waay too cold to shower at the house till the spring. Thank goodness for our cozy studio two blocks away with a full bathroom… and also for lots of blankets, the woodstove, and buckets and buckets of scrap wood to burn to take the chill off…

But back to fermentation talk… we’ve got an exciting brewing event coming up next week… most likely Wednesday, 12/12/2012!, we’ll be brewing a batch of New CapitALE: to celebrate transformation, flux, and future festivities… the beer will be brewed and ferment at the New Capitol gallery (3114 W. Carroll) and will be kegged in time for the January 6th open studio! Stay tuned for more details about this delicious performance piece! Our dear friends (and one a future neighbor! we hope we hope…) will be rocking the crowd with a life-size Alligator puppet (A. is the head, and B. is the butt… delightful ladies both! And a damn fine alligator, I’m certain). They’ll go on around 9, and we’ll be brewing from 6ish till we’re done. Stop by! Celebrate the beginning of the world with us!

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Summer is almost upon us, and though we’re in the midst of a scorching drought, there are some berries to be had. The Factory Farm has yielded a few handfuls of strawberries…

and Caroline raspberries… which have been small but full of concentrated flavor.

But the real bounty is over at the house… the mulberry hedge just won’t stop (I think that’s a good thing, and so do the chickens when they get to go out in the yard)! I pulled out a tarp and shook down a bowlful to make jelly, with lots of lime juice and a bit of zest as mulberries on their own can be a bit insipid. The fellow’s dad asked what I planned to do with that bowl of mulberries, as he’d never heard of anyone making anything out of them (other than stains on their driveways, perhaps)… this coming from a guy who lived on squirrel while in engineering school in Missouri. He has a pretty dry sense of humor, so this was probably one of the times he was making a joke when I thought he was serious, which is most of the time. They make a fine jelly! Next time I’ll use pectin… it has a quite cooked fruit flavor from simmering long enough to thicken on its own, but still pretty tasty. There are some seeds in there, as the jelly bag for the strainer was back at the studio and I didn’t want to go back again to get it… but no matter. Good stuff, especially on the homemade rolls leftover from the bbq the night before! Those are mulberry leaves in the background. Our backyard looks downright bucolic in photo stills… the camera may not lie but it can sure leave a lot out if you want it to.

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