Fermented vegetables, take two: two week fermentation taste test

Today, we got out one of my jars of probiotic fermented vegetable sauerkraut for a taste test!

Before I get into that, though, if you haven’t seen my earlier posts, you may want to visit the links below, first (they will open in new tabs, so you won’t lose this post!).

Take One (includes recipe)
The Failure
Take Two

The recipe I got from my friend said to leave it to ferment for 2-4 weeks. It’s 2 weeks today, so we’re trying the one jar, and will leave the other to ferment for another 2 weeks.

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Tufts

While doing my morning rounds and starting along the path to the trail cam, I immediately noticed something odd about one of the fence wires.

It’s hard to see in the photo, but one of the wires is all bent out of shape.

On the wire below, I could see why.

A couple of barbs has tufts of deer fur stuck in them.

The electrical cord that powers our lights by the gate runs along the top wire of the fence. It’s big and thick, making it quite visible, even in the dark (at least for a deer!). My guess is, the deer tried to duck under the electrical wire, but didn’t see the barbed wire below and got hung up.

I really want to get rid of this fence.

The Re-Farmer

Iced

This past Sunday, the weather was mild enough that I was able to spend some time on the beach.

It was really fascinating.

The sand was frozen solid, but you could see the effects of water and ice. One dramatic visual was at the outflow for storm drains.

At the time I was there, the tide was still going out. There was ample evidence of how high it had gotten.

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Looking back: together again

Two years ago today, we were finally reunited as a family. We had some close calls on the drive over, but we made it.

Our work was just beginning. We had almost an entire house to pack before we could have our own stuff delivered. But we muddled our way through and managed to survive it more or less intact! 😉

A year later, much work had been accomplished over the summer, and we were using what we learned over our first winter to try and solve some problems for our second.

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Thankfully, we don’t have to rig anything up again this year!

Little by little, we’re working things out. 🙂

Who knows. A few more years, and we might have it all figured out. 😉

The Re-Farmer

Looking back; a year, and two, ago today

Two years ago, the movers arrived.

So began what was probably the worst move we’ve had.

Okay, so there may have been one other that was worse, but that was because we all came down with the flu and got so sick, I actually collapsed from illness and exhaustion. Which has never happened to be before or since.

But we didn’t have to deal with a moving company that time. They were supposed to make things better. Not worse! Having to spend hours in the van, with the cats, trying to keep our plants and fish from freezing didn’t help, either.

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A year later saw things much improved. Rather than having to deal with all the hassles of moving, we were into our routine of keeping this place going –

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– and sometimes finding damage done by the deer that were visiting regularly!

The Re-Farmer