Crest Cottage Creations

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Fermenting Again!

It’s so nice to have the energy to devote to creating.  We haven’t started any fermented veggies in FOREVER, so I tackled that today. 
First on the list?  Dill Pickles.  Don’t the cucumbers look so pretty in the jars?
We had fresh dill from our last CSA delivery, so I added that to the jars, along with sea salt, mustard seed, and whey.  
The other thing I got fermenting was a sauerkraut concoction.  I started out shredding a head of cabbage and 2 apples.  I read in a few different places that adding apples will give it a different taste, so I am trying it out. 
It needed more color, so I added in a ton of carrots.
I sprinkled salt on top to get the juice out of the produce.
After mixing it together and letting it sit for a little while, I smushed it all up.
Into the jars it went, with some whey and water!
Since our house is relatively chilly, it will take more than a few days for them to get going, so I’ll keep you posted!

This post was shared on Real Food Wednesday with Kelly the Kitchen Kop and Simple Lives Thursday at GNOWFGLINS!


Apple Chips

We were recently gifted with a ton of apples.  No, not really a TON, but lots of apples!  Now, we love apples, but after a week or so, we realized that they wouldn’t all be eaten fresh before they went bad.  I decided to try drying them.
Now, in a perfect world, I would have a dehydrator.  Or an oven that went below 170*.  And maybe one of these:
Alas, I have none.  I wasn’t about to let that stop me, no siree!  I started with 9 apples and went to town.
Coring them…
Peeling them…
Yes, I know I could leave the peels on.  I don’t care for the taste of the peels on the dried apples.  Don’t worry, I saved them for something, you’ll see!
 Finally, I chopped them into pieces that were small enough to fit into the food processor and then sliced them thin with the machine.
Onto the baking sheets they went.  It took 4 huge sheets to fit them all!
I set the oven to the lowest temperature I have (170*) and went to town.  Whenever I had to leave, I just shut the oven.  I took them out whenever I had to cook something else.  I taste tested throughout the process.  Once they were crunchy and dry, I decided they were done.  
I stuck them in a jar, and have been snacking on them.  They went into yogurt, onto peanut butter sandwiches, and straight into my mouth.

This post was featured on Midnight Maniac’s Meatless Mondays, Healthy Kids Meals at Creating Nirvana, and Tuesday Twister at GNOWFGLINS!