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How to Grow, Harvest, and Dry Your Own Herbal Tea

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How to Grow, Harvest, and Dry Your Own Herbal Tea

There is little that’s more satisfying than relaxing on a cold winter morning with a cup of steaming herbal tea you grew and processed yourself. While the undertaking might at first seem intimidating or complicated, there are in fact many herbs that work quite well in tea and are simple to grow in...
Kitty Galloway Aug 29, 2022
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Video: How to Make Jelly

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Video: How to Make Jelly

There are a lot of great recipes out there for jams and jellies. Traditional jams use a lot of sugar, but can easily be preserved with a water bath canning method instead of using a pressure cooker. If you’re wanting to easily preserve jam with less sugar, freezer jam recipes can be used to...
Misty Newcomb Aug 18, 2022
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What to Do With an Abundance of Tomatoes

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What to Do With an Abundance of Tomatoes

If you’re like me, this time of year you might be wondering: why did I think it was such an excellent idea to plant five times as many tomatoes as I actually need? I’m never going to complain about too many tomatoes, but sometimes the heat hits, they all ripen at once, and you need a few good tricks...
Kitty Galloway Aug 16, 2022
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Video: How to Season and Clean Cast Iron

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Video: How to Season and Clean Cast Iron

Cast iron skillets are one of the most versatile kitchen tools. The key to a well-seasoned cast iron is establishing lots of layers of seasoning that will make it smooth, shiny, and non-stick. Using oil with a high smoke point in this process, like grapeseed or safflower, is key. First, use a paper...
Danielle Prewett Jul 13, 2022
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How to Make the Best Bánh Mì

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How to Make the Best Bánh Mì

Bánh mì, the Vietnamese equivalent of a hoagie, sub, or grinder, is a beautiful example of what happens when two distinct culinary cultures blend. Bánh mì translates to “baked” and “wheat” or “bread.” At its core, it's a french baguette filled with Vietnamese ingredients. Crispy bread, pickled...
Wade Truong Jun 8, 2022
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How to Make Ramp Powder

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How to Make Ramp Powder

Ramps (Allium tricoccum), also called wild leek, is a native species of wild onion that grows across Eastern Canada and the Eastern United States—from Nova Scotia down through to Georgia and west to Iowa. In early spring, the onion’s underground bulb sprouts fleshy, tulip-like leaves. Crush the...
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How to Make Dandelion Capers

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How to Make Dandelion Capers

Capers provide tiny bursts of lemony, briny flavor to dishes such as walleye meunière, pheasant piccata, or, my favorite, simply atop a bagel with lox. Commercial capers are essentially the unripe green flower buds of the caper bush, which are cultivated in Italy, Morocco, Spain, parts of Asia, and...
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How to Make Sauerkraut

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How to Make Sauerkraut

Making sauerkraut is similar to making charcuterie—salt and time are the key ingredients. Unlike charcuterie, however, sauerkraut (or any fermented vegetable) is a little more forgiving in the process. Sauerkraut is simply fermented cabbage with or without spices. Typically, chefs will include...
Wade Truong Mar 14, 2022
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How to Make Maple Syrup

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How to Make Maple Syrup

Sweetness is a powerful thing. If you've ever seen the eyes of a young child go wide with their first taste of sugar, then you know the face of someone absolutely gripped with pleasure. This first taste is likely the beginning of a lifelong love affair that most people never tire of. The conundrum...
Jenna Rozelle Feb 24, 2022
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Everything You Need to Know About Charcuterie

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Everything You Need to Know About Charcuterie

Charcuterie is a catch-all term for processed meat. These meats can range from dry-cured Spanish hams to smoked snack sticks. The craft of making charcuterie evolved from the need to preserve meats before the advent of refrigeration and utilize odds and ends of protein. With the modern luxury of...
Wade Truong Feb 18, 2022
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The Basics of Bread Fermentation

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The Basics of Bread Fermentation

For the first few millennia of bread's existence, it was flat. The dough was made of stone-ground grains and seeds, mixed into a porridge, and baked on a stone heated by fire. Historians disagree about when exactly humans began to eat leavened bread, but the first use of wild yeasts in bread dough...
Anna Borgman Jan 24, 2022
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