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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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How to Make Carpaccio

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How to Make Carpaccio

Thinly sliced raw meat. That phrase doesn’t exactly have a three-Michelin-star vibe to it, but that’s what carpaccio is. Thanks to fancy restaurants and modern refrigeration, consuming raw meats and fish is more popular than ever. While the popularity of carpaccio, tartare, and sushi represents a...
Wade Truong Dec 30, 2021
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Everything You Need to Know About Salt Curing Meat

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Everything You Need to Know About Salt Curing Meat

Salt is the only rock that humans regularly consume in its raw form. Despite its ubiquitous use today, salt was once used as currency due to its rarity and difficulty in manufacturing. In fact, the word “salary” comes from the Latin word salarium which was a payment of salt given to Roman soldiers...
Anna Borgman Dec 20, 2021
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How to Confit

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How to Confit

Confit is an ancient cooking method with a very simple technique—salting meat then cooking it low and slow in a bath of fat until it's unctuous, rich, and falling off the bone. Traditionally this was done for food preservation purposes, but it lives on in the age of refrigeration because it might be...
Wade Truong Dec 6, 2021
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The Correct Way to Braise Meat

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The Correct Way to Braise Meat

Do you struggle to get venison shanks to fall off the bone? Or wonder why a pot roast comes out tender but still dry? Cooking tough cuts from wild game presents many challenges, but with the right knowledge you can transform any hard-working muscle into an amazing meal. The most effective cooking...
Danielle Prewett Nov 23, 2021
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5 Ways to Preserve Apples

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5 Ways to Preserve Apples

One of my favorite things about apples is the endless spectrum of flavor, shape, texture, and color—when you pick them outside of the supermarket. Most orchards offer the same handful of popular varieties, which I love, but they’re only a small slice of the pie. These commercial varieties aren’t...
Jenna Rozelle Nov 18, 2021
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