http://www.durgan.org/URL/?QMSJD 18 October 2014 Pure Raw Cranberry Juice
A 12 0z or 340 gram package of raw cranberries was made into pure juice by processing through a Champion Juicer.Cost of berries was $2,50. Eight ounces of juice was obtained. The juice is thick, extremely sour, similar to a lemon, but drinkable.Probably a three ounce serving would be acceptable for a daily serving. Pictures depict the process. Compare this with the commercial versions.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?PDWVD 17 October 2014 Planting Elephant Garlic
First time attempting to grow Elephant Garlic.Four large perfect bulbs were purchased for $3.99 each from the supermarket. The yield was 20 large cloves. These were planted in two rows at about six inch spacing in the garlic bed. Pictures depict the process.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?JMCUS 16 October 2014 Planting bulbils.
A row of about 100 bulbils was planted at two inch centers. Bulbils are garlic clone seeds. They take usually three years to reach bulb size,clones of the host, with successive yearly plantings.The garlic bed was previously prepared.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?LOYDQ 16 October 2014 Planting Horseradish
Two horseradish plants were placed in the garden. These two plants were placed in the pots when the horseradish was processed on 7 September 2014.The bed was rototilled and some sand was added to insure the soil is light for digging in 2015. Two plants suffice for my needs which makes about a gallon of condiment. Some diatomaceous earth was spread on top of the soil to discourage slugs. Efficacious or not, who knows?
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?EOJGD 16 October 2014 Corn Sheller
A small hand corn sheller purchased off the internet was used to shell about a liter of my Indian corn. It works reasonably well if the cob is not too large. A knife and fingers has to be used in some cases.For very small quantities it is worth the investment around 15 dollars. Pictures depict operation
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?WUPPJ 15 October 2014 Cranberry Juice
About 25 pounds of cranberries was ordered from Johnstone’s Cranberries in Bala, Ontario. Cost was $60.00 plus $30.00 shipping. This was made into 25 liters of juice. Each liter has about a liter of berries or about one pound. Cranberries have almost no juice so each cooking pot had 12 liters of water added to create juice. Method: A liter of water per pound added,cooked for about 20 minutes until soft, beat into a slurry with the hand blender, strained in 2mm screen food mill, placed in liter jars and pressure cooked at 15 PSI for 15 minutes for storage at room temperature. Pictures depict the process.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?VAOUZ 14 October 2014 Grinding Nixtamal to Masa
Nixtamal,the nixtamilized wet corn, need be ground into masa, the dough of which tortillas are made. Home grinders do not grind wet materials either quickly, or efficiently or not at all. After some experimenting, I came up with a simple efficient method of grinding nixtamal to masa by using a hand blender. I happen to have a Bamix, (Made in Switzerland) with a sharp blade which does the job well.Perfect grinding was achieved in approximately five minutes. Pictures depict the method.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?ZCIPR 13 October 2014 Whole wheat tortillas
Perfecting a method of making whole wheat tortillas. The wheat flour is made in a WonderMill from whole wheat kernels.The flour is mixed with some water to make a dough.(No salt, oil or anything else is added for my product.) This has to be done carefully, since the dough cannot be sticky.A small dough ball is made and placed on a sheet of parchment paper to prevent sticking in the hand press. After pressing the parchment is readily removed and a knife is run under the tortilla, since it sticks slightly. The tortilla is cooked in a hot teflon pan on each side for about 40 seconds, them placed in the microwave to cause ballooning or separation of the two cooked surfaces. This further cooks by steam and is an essential step for good well cooked tortillas. These tortillas are called Chapati in India. Needless to say this product is not gluten free and if you have wheat belly the product is not for you.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?VOXJS 12 October 2014 Nixtamalized soy beans and corn
Nixtamalized corn is a method of releasing field corn nutrients to make a wholesome food which is a South American staple. It was decided to make a mixture of soy beans and corn to enhance the combination for a breakfast gruel. The soy beans were boiled for about 20 minutes then soaked in calcium hydroxide for 12 hours, rinsed until clear then pressure cooked for one hour.The corn was cooked for 20 minutes then soaked in a calcium hydroxide water solution for 12 hours then pressured cooked for 20 minutes.This process is called nixtamalization. With the corn it releases nutrients and removes the outer hard coating of the kernels.It removes the outer hull of the soy beans and what else is not known. The slurry, gruel is assumed to be highly nutritious, and is being considered as an experiment with me as the guinea pig, since I will ingest for about a month as a supplement to my normal breakfast. Typically the soy beans are not treated with calcium hydroxide.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?JEOEO 12 October 2014 Brussels sprouts
Five Brussels sprout plants were dug up. Brussels sprouts grow well in my area. The plants must be sprayed during the season to make perfect sprouts, since the grey and white cabbage moth eat the small cabbage outer leaves and disfigure them. One plant produces many cabbages. I give them away since I get enough with one or two meals.