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« on: December 01, 2017 08:15:42 PM »


Experiment with new techniques and hone your kitchen skills! Want to try making fresh cheese, canning jams, blending custom spice mixes, baking bread, butchering meat, or even just using an unfamiliar ingredient?

This craftalong is a place to share your successes and failures learning experiences, ask advice, post resources, and chat about the new things we're all trying. The focus isn't as much on specific recipes, but on the skills that can be used in many different ways.

I recently started looking at things in my pantry and fridge and thinking "could I make that?" Things like canned beans - no reason I can't try dry beans, they are cheaper and I would have more control over the taste. I started making my own yogurt, and it's really cool! I want to try so many other things, like cheese, bread, and different kinds of fermentation. Please join me and post your own learning adventures!
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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2017 08:34:34 PM »

Ooh, fun! I have done lots of fermenting, sprouting, & cheesemaking. There is always stuff I want to try in the kitchen, like WINE! Ha ha Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2017 08:55:45 PM »

Ooo, wine! That's on my list too.
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« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2017 05:41:05 AM »

Great new craftalong idea Acadian Driftwood!
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« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2017 12:41:05 PM »

I'm so happy you are doing this!  I am not a good or natural cook.  My husband has severe dietary restrictions, and the rest of us need to eat healthier.

I will keep my eye on this thread for low/no fat, low/no sugar recipes-especially ones for dinner!
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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2017 07:02:51 PM »

I usually buy canned refried beans, but I saw this recipe and decided to try making them with dry black beans: http://www.amuse-your-bouche.com/easy-homemade-refried-beans/

I came out really well! I soaked 1 cup of dry beans and cooked them in my instant pot, and followed the recipe. At the end I blended them smooth with my immersion blender and added some more of the bean cooking liquid until it was the consistency I wanted. My partner actually loved them as well, and he's not usually a fan of beans.

What kind of beans do you think they use for the canned stuff, that looks light brown/tan?
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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2017 07:12:33 PM »

Red kidney beans I think. My kids love beans, I cook them in huge batches then freeze them flat in zipper baggies so I always have them ready. Hummus freezes well too.
Eta pinto beans for refried...
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« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2017 03:24:21 PM »

What kind of beans do you think they use for the canned stuff, that looks light brown/tan?

Often it's kidneys or pintos for flavored canned beans, such as pork and beans and ranch/southern style beans.
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« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2017 04:03:35 PM »

I'll be on the lookout for pintos, thanks!
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« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2017 06:13:42 PM »

What a great idea, Acadian Driftwood! Ive wanted to try fermenting and a few other things (like homemade crackers and ravioli), but I never make the time I need to do these things!
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