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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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