Homestead Blog Hop #19

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

The hubby and I started a new project this week – we’re putting in another woodstove! Now we’ll have one in our kitchen/ sitting area AND in our living room. If that doesn’t cut down on heating oil costs, I don’t now what will! (Pics coming once it’s all together!)

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Now on to the hop…

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Meet the Hosts!

Jen- The Easy Homestead

Jenna- The Flip Flop Barnyard

Angi- A Return to Simplicity

Kelly- Simple Life Mom

Amanda- Idlewild Alaska (That’s me!)

Lindsey- Chickadee Homestead

Nicole- Little Blog on the Homestead

Bonnie- The Not So Modern Housewife

Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are last week’s featured posts:

Sugaring 101: Collecting the Sap by The Old Trodden Lane #homesteadbloghop

1. Sugaring 101: How to Collect Sap by The Old Trodden Lane

Foraging for Miner's Lettuce by Grow Forage Cook Ferment  #homesteadbloghop

2. Foraging for Miner’s Lettuce by Grow Forage Cook Ferment

DIY Simply Cleaning by Homesteading on Grace  #homesteadbloghop

3. DIY Simply Cleaning by Homesteading on Grace

Congrats! Feel free to grab the featured on button for your post. Just right click and ‘save image as…’

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Guidelines for Homestead Blog Hop

1. This is a family-friendly link up meant to inspire and motivate the homesteader in all of us. Please note that all giveaways, contests, and the like will be deleted from the blog hop, as well as anything not family-friendly.

2. Link your post back to the hop. If the hop isn’t linked to your post then you cannot be featured. All featured posts will be shared on all hosts’ social media channels.

3. When linking up your post to the Homestead Blog Hop please make sure you actually link to your post and not your homepage.

4. Please link up posts that you haven’t linked to the hop before. You are welcome to link old posts from your blog!

5. Link up to three posts each week!

6. Linking up gives us permission to use your photo on social media platforms {with a link back to your post) in order to promote your post if you are featured.

***Please note: in order to maintain the awesomeness of the hop all posts that don’t meet the above guidelines will be deleted.

Well, let’s see what’cha got!

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Homemade Spicy Kimchi

I’ll admit, I’ve never had kimchi before. I’ve heard too many horror stories about the “rotting cabbage” and how stinky it was. Admittedly, I was also clinging to the childhood disgust of sauerkraut until the hubby re-introduced me to it and we made our own. I figured I should at least give our homemade spicy kimchi the same chance. Plus it gave me a chance to try out my cool new Fermentools!

Homemade Spicy Kimchi - IdlewildAlaska

Homemade Spicy Kimchi

Homemade Kimchi - IdlewildAlaska

1 Tbs Salt, unrefined (It was on the verge of too salty for us, so I would suggest a not quite full tablespoon.)

1 Napa cabbage, cut into 2″ pieces (toss the root end to your chickens)

3 carrots, grated

1/2 pound daikon radish, grated

4 Tbs diced garlic

2 inches fresh ginger, grated

1/2 onion, diced

.5 oz Ichimi Togarashi (Japanese chili pepper powder) Most recipes call for a Korean red pepper powder. I couldn’t find any, so we went with the Japanese option. (Use less if you don’t want it as spicy.)

3 Tbs fish sauce

 

Mix cabbage and salt in large ceramic bowl. Don’t use a metal bowl, as it can react negatively with the salt. “Punch” down cabbage. Really. Much like when making sauerkraut, you want the cabbage leaves to break down.

Napa Cabbage for Kimchi - IdlewildAlaska

Let this sit for 30 minutes to allow the salt to draw the juice from the cabbage. This is the beginning of your brine.

Making Kimchi - IdlewildAlaska

Mix the rest of the ingredients with the cabbage. Remember, use a wooden or plastic spoon (although I’m personally trying to rid my kitchen of all plastic. No chemicals leeching into my food please!), no metal spoon! Some people prefer to mix it with their hands.

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Squish the kimchi mix into wide mouth glass jars, leaving a half inch of head room. (This amount filled a quart and a pint jar for me.)

Make sure the brining liquid covers the cabbage mix in both jars. If you’re using the Fermentools system, place the glass weight in each jar on top of the mix. This will help keep the cabbage mix under the brine. If there isn’t enough liquid, just add some cold non-chlorinated water to it.

Clean your jar rim and center the Fermentools rubber gasket and airlock lid on the jar and tighten. Fill the airlock halfway with water.

Spicy Homemade Kimchi - IdlewildAlaska

Set in a cool area out of direct sunlight and wait. Depending on how strong you want your kimchi flavor, let it ferment for one week to 21 days. (A week was enough for us.) Feel free to taste test along the way. Once the flavor is where you want it, remove the airlock and either place the Fermentools cork in the jar lid or switch to a regular mason jar lid.

Store is a cool, dark area for up to nine months (if not longer). As long as there is no mold, you’re good to go! Kimchi will continue to ferment, so if you want to keep the flavor where it’s at, refrigerate it. This will not stop the fermenting process, but will greatly slow it down. YumUniverse explains it all wonderfully. (She also provides a great recipe if you don’t have the Fermentools system, although I highly recommend it!)

Interested in adding the Fermentools system to your kitchen? Click here!

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Homestead Blog Hop #18

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

On Monday I filled up my cousin’s borrowed incubator with my chickens’ eggs. 22 eggs! I’m so excited! This will be the first time I’ve ever hatched eggs.
Homestead Blog Hop | IdlewildAlaska

Now on to the hop…

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Meet the Hosts!

Jen- The Easy Homestead

Jenna- The Flip Flop Barnyard

Angi- A Return to Simplicity

Kelly- Simple Life Mom

Amanda- Idlewild Alaska (That’s me!)

Lindsey- Chickadee Homestead

Nicole- Little Blog on the Homestead

Bonnie- The Not So Modern Housewife

Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are last week’s featured posts:

Make your Own Soothing Salve - Never Lacking Zeal #homesteadbloghop

1. Make Your Own Soothing Salve by Never Lacking Zeal

Homemade Vanilla Extract- Back to our Roots  #homesteadbloghop

2. Homemade Vanilla Extract by Back to Our Roots

Simple Honey Vanilla Granola - Cook,Craft,Love  #homesteadbloghop

3. Simple Honey Vanilla Granola by Cook. Craft. Love.

Congrats! Feel free to grab the featured on button for your post. Just right click and ‘save image as…’

Featured Post Homestead Blog Hop | IdlewildAlaska

Guidelines for Homestead Blog Hop

1. This is a family-friendly link up meant to inspire and motivate the homesteader in all of us. Please note that all giveaways, contests, and the like will be deleted from the blog hop, as well as anything not family-friendly.

2. Link your post back to the hop. If the hop isn’t linked to your post then you cannot be featured. All featured posts will be shared on all hosts’ social media channels.

3. When linking up your post to the Homestead Blog Hop please make sure you actually link to your post and not your homepage.

4. Please link up posts that you haven’t linked to the hop before. You are welcome to link old posts from your blog!

5. Link up to three posts each week!

6. Linking up gives us permission to use your photo on social media platforms {with a link back to your post) in order to promote your post if you are featured.

***Please note: in order to maintain the awesomeness of the hop all posts that don’t meet the above guidelines will be deleted.

Well, let’s see what’cha got!

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