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.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?LBIMJ 6 October 2014 How Squirrels remove meat from Black Walnuts, (Juglans nigra)
The Black Walnut,Juglans nigra, is a native to NA and is most difficult to crack the nut due to its strong internal structure. Even the squirrels have difficulty with this nut in removing the meat. Here are some pictures of the method used by the squirrels. This nut is not sold commercially and there are several other types called the black walnut, which are much easier to crack. If the nut is basically impossible to remove the meat it will be a Juglans nigra.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?ZHOAX 5 October 2014 Making Tortillas.
Tortillas were made using home produced nixtamalized corn flour and whole grain wheat flour, both previously made.Wheat flour added to make the tortillas more coherent via the gluten. About one fifth wheat flour was used or about three tablespoons full. Annotated pictures depict the process.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?HPWGZ 3 October 2014 Garlic Bed Preparation
The garlic bed 8 by 8 feet was prepared for planting about 25 of October for the 2014/2015 season. Harvest will be about 15 of July 2015. The bed was rototilled, some compost added, some pellet fertilizer (20 20 20), and covered with wood chips. The garlic cloves with be placed at 6 inch centers and covered with the chips, which will add some protection from Winter weather, also retain moisture during the growing season.The cloves are from the 2014 crop, About 100 cloves will be required.The bed is slightly raised to insure good drainage.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?AFGMX 29 September 2014 Indian Corn
Twenty five pounds of corn wa harvested by my small about 8 by 10 foot patch. the squirrels damaged and ate more than half the crop.The kernels will be removed from the cobs when fully dry and made into flour for making tortillas.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?BNQMB 27 September 2014 Concord Grape Juice
Thirty three liters of juice was made from 90 pounds of Concord grapes.The grapes were picked in Thorold, ON. Grapes were washed, removed from substrate by swiping across a plastic screen, cooked about 15 minutes, beat into a slurry with a hand blender, strained through a food mill, placed in liter jars and pressure canned at 15 PSI for 15 minutes for long term storage. Three liters of water was added to each 30 pounds to thin and to facilitate cooking.Pictures depict the process.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?TLUOH 21 September 2014 Pumpkin Juice
One 25 pound pumpkin was made into 21 liters of juice. The pumpkin was cut into small pieces, covered with water and cooked until soft, beat into a slurry and strained through a food mill. The juice was placed in liter jars and pressure canned at 15 PSI for 15 minutes for storage.A temperature sensor was placed in one jar to insure the inside temperature got to 121C.The temperature senors were received recently.