Main Contents

Scrap Vinegar, Cured Egg, and Cold Brew Coffee

August 9, 2019

Some of my fermentation fervor originates with a doomsday prep impulse. I want to have good food when zombies make grocery shopping inconvenient.


4 days later

4 days later

2 days later

2 days later

8 days, strained

8 days, strained

Scrap Vinegar

xI read about scrap vinegar some weeks ago and decided to give it a try. Vinegar is such an essential ingredient, useful for cleaning too! The idea that I can make it myself is really appealing. It’ll be a lifesaver someday when zombies make trips to the grocery store inconvenient.

The recipe is so simple, you barely do anything. Recipes from Spruce Eats, Zero-Waste Chef and other places follow the same pattern:

  1. chop up fruit
  2. mix 1 tablespoon sugar with 1 cup water
  3. cover fruit with the water in a jar
  4. cover jar mouth with a permeable cover

For mine I collected apple/pear cores and overripe peaches/strawberries in a bag in the freezer until I had a pound or so. I’ll stir it every day as part of my morning routine and swirl it around when I think of it.


Cured Eggs

Continuing my egg obsession, my pickle buddy Danny has been raving about cured egg yolk. He grated it into pasta and salad and described it as a rich, deep flavor.

I used brown sugar on a whim and skipped putting it in a blender. Also I broke the yolk when separating it. Looks like it worked out just fine in spite of my ham handedness.

  1. Mix 1 part salt, one part sugar
  2. Bury an egg yolk in it
  3. Cover and put it in the fridge for a week.

I haven’t tasted it yet but just as a thing it’s quite beautiful.

Cold Brew

Cold brew tastes better, has more caffeine, takes less time, and uses less energy. A nexus of goodness! It is literally the easiest thing to DIY.

  1. Grind coffee
  2. Put it in a jar
  3. Fill jar with water
  4. Wait 2 days
  5. Strain with french press

It’ll keep in a glass jar in the fridge for a week. It’s stronger than brewed coffee so we use about 2/3 cold brew to 1/3 water. Usually I make hot coffee by microwaving a mug.


Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments (0)

Leave a comment