Join us at this Meetup as we learn about:
- Fermentation basics
- How to make sauerkraut
- Other types of fermented foods
Our hosts, Diane and David, will demonstrate how to make a simple sauerkraut while discussing fermentation basics and other fermented foods. Following the demonstration, everyone will have the opportunity to make their own sauerkraut in small groups. Diane and David will bring the fermenting ingredients and equipment for their demonstration. They will also provide salt, a few knives, cutting boards, and large bowls for communal sauerkraut making.
Diane and David have a backyard garden and 4 chickens. They attend garden shares in Palo Alto and Full Circle Farm in Sunnyvale. Diane is following in her grandmother's footsteps and especially enjoys food preservation. David believes in a fair, equitable, and just food system. He is a regular attendee at Transition Palo Alto and Transition of Silicon Valley.
What to bring
If possible please bring any of these items:
- Fresh vegetables for fermenting, e.g., cabbage is the main ingredient (bring 2 to 3 pounds per quart of sauerkraut); other vegetables such as carrots, beets and kohlrabi can be added if desired
- One quart glass jar, knife, and cutting board (which we can share)
- $5.00 donation if you are not able to bring any of the items above
- Some food items from your yard to exchange with other member (if you have any)
- Potluck item that either contains something that you have picked from your yard/urban farm or something that you would like in the future to come from your yard/urban farm.
- If you do not have any of the above then bring yourself and some good positive energy
1) A bit of work
As people arrive, we will all participate in a group activity related to the fermenting process. Each person who brings cabbage or other vegetables will chop them to prepare to make sauerkraut. We can share in this task.
2) Demonstration and instruction
Diane and David will demonstrate the fermenting/culturing process to make a basic sauerkraut recipe using cabbage, salt, and a one-quart glass jar. Following the demonstration, we will divide into small groups and make our own sauerkraut.
3) Potluck and socializing
Finally we will all spend some time socializing and eating the wonderful food from our gardens.
During the potluck we will discuss the following:
- Q & A about gardening/farming: anyone can ask anything about a gardening or farming topic for others in the group to give their insights.
- News and updates from our members: each member can share progress on their urban farming projects.
- Ongoing discussion on our Urban Farmers Cooperative
- Crop sharing: anyone who has harvested something from your yard please bring it and exchange it. Take what you DID NOT bring.
About Urban Farmers Cooperative
Urban Farmers Coop events are working/learning sessions where we all pitch into a project at the host's location.
Here is what we do:
- We meet to help out a fellow host farmer
- We do some work, exchange ideas, and learn something at the same time
- We bring food from our gardens so we can share the wonderful foods we are raising
- After the meeting we all take home something that we did not bring
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We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming MeetUps.