Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Apple Canning FAIL


Canning Tip: It's a bad idea to put cool glass jars right into your hot water bath.

My jars weren't even that cold, they were room temperature, but the bottom still shattered on two of my jars of spiced apple slices. Resulting in the bottom mess:

Also, putting whole spices directly into the apples was kind of a bad idea. It's now going to be impossible to eat the apple slices without having to avoid hard bits of star anise, cinnamon stick, cardamom pod, and black peppercorns. And I've realized a bit too late that although star anise is quite pretty to look at, I'm not the biggest fan of the licorice flavor. Sigh.

Any idea for how to use up about six pints and one quart of spiced apple slices? They're in a very light syrup.

Also planning on boiling the extra canning liquid down into a thicker syrup.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

STEW Baltimore

So excited for Baltimore's innovative dinner party and community networking project!

Once a month there will be a potluck and a presentation of proposals for various community projects around town. Profits from the dinner will go towards project funding. Details about this month's inaugural event & the planned menu are posted below. Yum.

Saturday, November 28th
7PM @ 2640 St. Paul St.
$10 (suggested)

The Table
Radishes, Butter, Sea Salt,Peasant Bread, Honey, Garden Herb Pesto

The Harvest
Garden Carrots and Tops
Roasted Garden Beets
Roasted Fall Mushrooms, Olive Oil, Sea Salt, Thyme
Braised Greens and Beans, Garlic, Ham Hock
Roasted Fall Pears, Honey, Sea Salt

The Proposals
Ryan Harvey presents Odonian Records
Michael Farley presents the Annex Theater Gallery

More TBA

The Stew
Potato, Leek, Kale
Local Clams, Cream, Potato, Bacon

The Baltimore Algebra Project

Sweet Potato Pie, Homemade Ice Cream

Space is limited, so please make a reservation:

Sunday, November 22, 2009

November Foodmaker's Cider Making!

Oh wow. Baltimore Foodmakers has been having some seriously amazing potlucks! This past Saturday we got to experiment with a cider press built by one of our very own members. Talk about DIY!

Brian is the one who built the press (he's the one turning the press in the photo, and also the fellow who took the lovely black and white photos of the grist mill back in September.)

The bushels of apples were from Baugher's, a local Maryland farm. There were a few organic apples from the property where the potluck was being held, but there weren't enough apples for gallons of cider.

As you can imagine, the cider was incredible. Cold, sweet, and very full of flavor.

More photos and hopefully even a video will be posted tomorrow.

If you're curious to learn more about Baltimore Foodmakers, feel free to join the Google group here.
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