I'd like regular ancestral cooking emails!
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The tin you bake in makes a big difference to your loaf. Two identical rye sourdoughs here, one cooked in a ceramic baker, the other a metal ‘pullman’-style pan.
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We’re so used to seeing tall rye bread with straight edges, so the pullman pan, though non-stick (which isn’t my favourite), creates such a pleasing loaf.
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If you’ve been contemplating my course, Rye Sourdough Bread: Mastering The Basics, don’t delay! @thefermentationschool’s 50%-off sale ends today, Monday 28th at 11:59pm PST. There’s a link to the course with the discount already applied in my story today.

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Fermented Chestnuts! I discovered these by accident (“I wonder what’ll happen if I stick these chestnuts in some honey and put them somewhere warm?!”) last year and they were a revelation…so, of course, I couldn’t wait to do them again this year!
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They are boozy (in a delicious mead way), spicy and soft. I’m planning to cover them in home-made bean-to-bar chocolate and then feel like a goddess as I eat them over the festive period!
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If you want to have a go, score, roast and peel your chestnuts. Take time over it, so as to get as many as possible in one piece. Add to a jar along with some whole spices. Top up with a 50/50 (by weight) mix of honey (preferably unpasteurised) and water. Try to get the chestnuts under the liquid. Put a loose lid on. Keep somewhere warm (ideally 22-28C) and stir gently every day. They’ll take a good couple of weeks…keep tasting the liquid to judge how they are coming on!
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I’ll put more pics in my story today and save as a highlight too.

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Think fermentation’s just about kraut, kombucha and sourdough? What about extending it to rubbish; to your kitchen waste?!! These two buckets and the bag of inoculated bran next to them have given me an amazing way to transform my food scraps, through fermentation, into compost.
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Once the ferment is done, I dig it into my container-garden pots. The vegetables that I’ve grown since I started with this method, called Bokashi, have been much bigger, happier and delicious!
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Today’s @ancestralkitchenpodcast is all about Bokashi. It will teach you everything you need to know about what it is, how it works, how you can use it in both a tiny town apartment and a large homestead and what the benefits are to you, your plants, the soil and the environment.
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@farmandhearth and I, thanks to @teraganix have a 2-bucket Essential Bokashi set worth $126 to give away (to someone in the US or Canada). To enter please tag someone who you think would love to get started with Bokashi in the comments of this post. The competition will close next Tues 29th at midnight US time.
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Listen to the @ancestralkitchenpodcast episode to find out more by searching for us in your podcast app or by streaming/downloading from the link in my profile.

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Have you ever tried to make a dough from rolled oats? It’s not easy! The protein in oats, avenin, isn’t ‘sticky’ like gluten so you have to coax the grain into a dough with skill and a few ‘tricks’.
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My tricks: I use warm water and add a little fat. It helps! Apparently my ancestors, the many inhabitants of the United Kingdom who did this before me, didn’t need tricks! The British equivalent of Italy’s ‘pasta grannies’, they whipped up crack-free oat dough with incredible sleight of hand, the technique locked in their muscle memory!
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They then baked it into oatcakes. You can buy oatcakes in the UK (but who’d want to when the home version is so much better?!), but as I learnt from my co-host on @ancestralkitchenpodcast, @farmandhearth oatcakes aren’t really a ‘thing’ in the US.
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They *are* very much a ‘thing’ in our house. I’m sharing the recipe (tricks and all) in my newsletter that’ll go out tomorrow. If you aren’t on my list, head to ancestralkitchen.com/newsletter (link in profile) to receive the recipe.

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Elderberry medicine my way means no sweetener (it’s sweet enough) and not throwing the ‘spent’ berries away.
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Here are four containers of elderberry tonic. The berries were simmered for 30 minutes (2 cups fresh/1 cup dried to 2 cups water). Instead of adding honey/sugar to keep them from going bad, I’m going to freeze them.
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Behind the small containers, in the big jar, is an experimental ‘spent’ elderberry soda. I plopped the fruit remains in there, added water, a couple of spoons of dark sugar and a spoonful of whey. It’s now happily fermenting on my counter!
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I’ll put some video of the bubbling in my stories.

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Earlier this year I was interviewed by Jane over at @farmtofuture podcast.

Jane’s now celebrating the first birthday of the podcast and giving away a stash of goodies, including a copy of my course on how to make the ancestral fermented drink, Boza. If you’d like to enter, check out Jane’s words and link in her bio!

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We’ve teamed up with a handful of amazing founders and their sustainable food brands, to gift you a few things to try in your kitchen! Farm to Future’s mission is to help you source food that’s better for the land, and we’re thrilled to partner with these up-and-coming brands who value the same 🤝😍

HOW TO ENTER
Submit your email through the link in our bio by November 22. One winner will be randomly selected on November 23!

PRIZES
🥓 Regenerative pork jerky + pork floss from @bonjerksnacks
🍄 Gourmet dehydrated mushrooms, mushroom powder, spice blends + mushroom hot cocoa from @sporeattic
🍫Fair Trade and certified Organic coffee bar sampler box from @coba.coffee (Check out their Kickstarter on now for 🆕 matcha, chai, and hojicha bars!)
🥣 Sample pack of Michigan-grown ancient grain teff granola from @eatteffola
🍶 @ancestral_kitchen video course on how to make your own probiotic Boza drink

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Melissa K Norris is a 5th-generation, self-sufficient homesteader with animals, vegetables, children, books, a podcast and so much more!
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She’s not just living off the land, she’s thriving off it and this week’s episode will give you an insider view into her lifestyle, kitchen routines and motherhood philosophy.
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Thank you @melissaknorris for sharing so much with us and thank you to my co-host @farmandhearth for quizzing Melissa on what we wanted to know!
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You can listen to the episode by searching for @ancestralkitchenpodcast in your app, or you can stream/download from my website, link in profile.

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