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Adding to the "collective knowledge" on this thread, here is a pictorial that I prepared for a lacto-fermented pickle chip project:

http://foodsoftheworld.activeboards.net/lactofermented-pickle-chips_topic4944.html

Also, stopping in at FarmSteady's website, I see a few new products and concepts, including concepts on foraging, composting and a new kit available for making at least 2 types of goat cheese. Goat milk is pretty much unavailable here where I live, so I probably won't get that one at this time; however, I'd like to, because I do love Feta cheese.
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For those interested, here is FarmSteady's video on making sauerkraut :

https://youtu.be/1k-LDM5TUu8

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Here are two projects that I recently completed in conjunction with my FarmSteady kits -

Beer Mustard:

http://foodsoftheworld.activeboards.net/farmsteadys-beer-mustard_topic4949.html

And Beer Cheese:

http://foodsoftheworld.activeboards.net/farmsteadys-beer-cheese_topic4957.html
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For those interested, here is FarmSteady's video on making Soft Pretzels:

https://youtu.be/q10kKAJ2FYs



And their video for making Everything Bagels:

https://youtu.be/3aemIAEqsqU

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I promise, I do NOT work for these folks!

But, I do love their concept, their enthusiasm, their approachability, and their efforts to get interested people to take the first step into many DIY projects. With that, I decided to give their Foraging Kit a try:

http://farmsteady.com/shop/foraging-tool-kit



Quote Unearth the natural world’s bounty. Whether wildcrafting chanterelles, morels, ramps or chicory, the right tools are essential.

Foraging is tremendous fun. Few things compare to walking into the woods, a nearby park, or a pristine patch of green and collecting your next meal. With that said, not everything you find should be eaten or picked. Please forage responsibly and safely. Identify everything carefully with the help of a book, a good website or an experienced friend and make sure to leave enough behind for animals and future foragers.

What's Inside:



Mesh Bag: Collect mushrooms while leaving their spores behind for years of successful mushroom hunts to come.



Foraging Knife: sturdy foraging knife is essential. Ours is equipped with a rosewood handle, folding blade and natural fiber brush.



Canvas Collecting Bags: Keep your foraged goods neatly packed on any excursion with durable canvas bags in two handy sizes (6" & 12").



Sugaring Spile: The best pancakes are topped with your own homemade syrup. It all starts by collecting some maple or birch sap.


I almost didn't get this, thinking that it was more of a Back-East thing not really suited to my area; however, I finally decided to go for it. I remembered The Beautiful Mrs. Tas, growing up just a mere 100 miles away from me, talking about going mushroom-gathering with her grandfather, and I figured there must be some things around here that we can forage; mushrooms, berries, roots, rose hips...certainly others that I am not even thinking of. With that in mind, I should get some good usage out of most of the kit. There are no sugar maples around (that I know of), but I did some reading on birch species that can be tapped, and I believe we may have some in the area...it's worth a try!

Time to get out my old Boy Scout Book....
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Here is the link to my pictorial on the Soft Pretzel Kit:

http://foodsoftheworld.activeboards.net/soft-pretzel-kit-from-farmsteady_topic4988.html
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Here is the link to the home-fermented Beet Kvass (Known as Gira in Lithuania) that I recently made:

http://foodsoftheworld.activeboards.net/beet-kvass-gira_topic4961.html

I was just today reminded that this is a key ingredient in traditional Borchsch!
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A quick note on the fermentation kit itself, as well as FarmSteady's customer service:

Last week, I was cleaning the fermentation jar and weight, when I somehow managed to get the weight wedged into the neck of the jar:



This had happened once before, but at that time, it was relatively easy to pop the weight out; in this case, the weight was really stuck in there.

I eventually discovered a solution: fill the jar about half full with water (to slow the weight when it drops) and use the handle of a wooden spatula (or other similar thing) to tap down on the part that is sticking out of the top. Tapping on the "lower" end that is stuck seems to be counter-productive. In any case, it will fix the problem, but some force is necessary when tapping; of course care is essential when doing this, because there is a chance that the fermentation jar might get broken.

I contacted FarmSteady to pass along all of this information, in case anyone else reports a similar situation, and they offered to send a replacement that will (presumably) not be as snug. Pretty nice, I'd say!

Now, what project will I try next?
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Ron, 

Wow  !!  This is definitely a group of  impressive projects ..  

Let us know how it goes ..  

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Just an update on this, FarmSteady did in fact send a brand-new replacement "Kraut Kit," which is essentially identical to their "Fermented Vegetable Kit." Excellent customer service, and it is appreciated by me, for sure.

So now, as long as I am careful, I have two of them, and can double my projects. I think I'll get a sourdough starter going in one...or maybe a Kombucha SCOBY....
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Good to know Ron. My weight is pretty snug in one direction, but if I rotate it 90 degrees then it slips through a little easier so I'm guessing the mouth of my jar isn't exactly round inside. I could easily see getting the weight stuck if I'm not careful with it. Thanks for the info!
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Hi, Mike -

The key seems to be to make bloody well sure that when you put the weight in, it is perfectly straight up-and-down. If it does get stuck, take a photo or two, then send an email to info@farmsteady.com about it. They are great folks (the same kids who run Brooklyn Brew Shop) and will take good care of you. After that, give my "solution" above a try. It "should" work, but it takes a leap of faith and a possibly bit more strength than one would expect. If it does work, that's good - but of not FarmSteady will have ya covered!
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They also have a new kit out for making two types of goat cheese:

http://farmsteady.com/shop/goat-cheese-kit



This includes equipment and instructions for making Chèvre and Feta cheese.

I am not sure if I will get this one, as I can't imagine a local source for the goat milk required. If I can find a way to get the milk, I might get it.
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For those interested, here is a video on Lacto-Fermented Carrot Sticks, from FarmSteady:

https://youtu.be/1to4j6mLhBQ



And here is one on Classic Dill Pickles:

https://youtu.be/zOQ3Z4WOtBw



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Here is the pictorial I prepared for making the Classic Dill Pickles mentioned above:

http://foodsoftheworld.activeboards.net/canning-freezing-dehydrating-and-other-food-preservation_forum40.html

This recipe was released in conjunction with FarmSteady's offering of a Lacto Pickle Kit:

https://farmsteady.com/shop/lacto-pickle-kit



Like the fermented vegetable kit, this one is essentially the same as far as equipment goes, but includes a tea bag in order to reproduce the tannins that would be found in oak leaves or by curing the pickles in an oak barrel.
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