Hard crab apple cider: Getting clear

What a difference a day makes! This is how the crab apple juice looked, right after we got finished setting up the fermentation. This is how they looked this morning. The photo does not do justice to how bright the colour is! When I was checking these last night, the tops were full of dense … Continue reading Hard crab apple cider: Getting clear

Making hard crab apple cider; will it work?

Today was our first attempt at making hard apple cider. We are using the remaining apples from the one crab apple tree we have that produces the most amazing, sweet, delicious little apples, after using some of them to start an apple cider vinegar. When we first moved here and saw how many crab apple … Continue reading Making hard crab apple cider; will it work?

Making Crab apple cider vinegar: airlock or cheese cloth?

Last night, I procrastinated cleaning the dining room by starting the apple cider vinegar! 😀 I slightly modified the recipe I used last year, which you can find here. (Link will open in a new tab.) I started off by using one of my gallon jars to measure out apples from one of the 5 … Continue reading Making Crab apple cider vinegar: airlock or cheese cloth?

Prepping a cap for an airlock – using the tools at hand

Last year, we made apple cider vinegar using the bright red apples from just one tree. The result was a delicious, delicately pink cider vinegar, and we were looking forward to making it again. There was just one problem. The instructions we followed said to put the jar in a dark place, so we tucked … Continue reading Prepping a cap for an airlock – using the tools at hand

Clean up: progress on the old wood cookstove

Looking at the weather forecasts, it's looking more and more like our planned outdoor gathering with family to celebrate multiple birthdays and anniversaries is going to be an indoor celebration! So today, I focused on tidying up the Old Kitchen a bit more, so my mother, at least, can sit in it comfortably. Between the … Continue reading Clean up: progress on the old wood cookstove

Finally doing a burn, and getting cuddles for my efforts

Today turned out to be actually chilly, for a change. Also, a bit on the damp side, with the odd bit of rain here and there. Which made it the perfect day to FINALLY get a burn done. I set this ring up last year, so we could burn away the scrap and rotted wood … Continue reading Finally doing a burn, and getting cuddles for my efforts