FOOD PRESERVING NEWSLETTER - APRIL, 2017

Learn, create and share! Community classes, new recipes and more …   
      
What’s happening at Food Preserving HQ this month:
A new addition, new recipes and seasonal preserves.
         
TERM 1 HAS COME AND GONE ALREADY!
Wowsers what a year so far! I’ve had some time off over February and March, as we had something exciting happen at FPHQ: the safe arrival of our third child (a baby boy!) and settling into a routine at home. Now I am on maternity leave for most of the year, I am looking forward to cooking, creating, writing and sharing recipes with you all! I have been quietly adding articles and new recipes onto www.foodpreserving.org so thought it would be good to feature a few new additions with each monthly newsletter. Don’t forget to visit the Food Preserving websiteFacebook Page and Instagram feed to see what I get up to as I research new methods, test new (and update favourite) recipes and launch my first online food preserving course in a few months! I hope you have a safe Easter break and spend some special time with your loved ones. Homemade gifts are the best kind of gifts! -Megan

 

FREEBIE FRIDAY IS BACK!
VIEW OUR COMPETITION PAGE HERE
Look for our Facebook competition post on Friday as there is a new competition starting for the month hooray! Congratulations to Sara who guessed the correct number of Easter eggs and won some glass milk bottles, a fab pie-making cookbook and heaps of chocolates!

   

NEW THIS MONTH:

  

THIS MONTH’S FAVOURITES:
  • EASTER GIFTS - don't forget to bottle a batch of carrot cake jam!
  • HOMEMADE PASTA – make a batch of fresh, homemade pasta for dinner tonight! 
  • WHOLEGRAIN MUSTARD - allow to rest for 6-8 weeks to mellow out the heat and vinegar flavours, then enjoy with barbecued meat, in quiches, sandwiches and spread on hot dogs. 
  • SMOKEY BARBECUE SAUCE
  • PLUM SAUCE - a delicious fruity plum sauce perfect for use as a marinade for chicken or pork, or grilled, or stir-fried with noodles and vegetables.
  • FLOUR TORTILLAS - soft, thin Mexican flatbreads made from finely ground flour (usually wheat). They are cheap, easy to prepare and taste delicious! 
  • FATTOUSH SALAD – broken a tortilla or two? Toast ‘em, crush ‘em and add them to a salad made from equal parts cucumber, green capsicum, red capsicum and tomato. Add sliced spring onion, radish, parsley and mint to taste. Garlic, EVOO, lemon juice, salt, sumac and sweet paprika can be whisked together as the dressing. Serve with a head of lettuce for healthy wraps and eat with your fingers :)
 
       
SEASONAL RECIPES:
  • BRINJAL (EGGPLANT) PICKLE - our favourite summer spread featuring home grown eggplants (large or small varieties) with Indian spices. Toasted and simmered until deliciously thick and ready to serve with cheese, curries, burgers and more!
  • TOMATO PASTE - have excess tomatoes? Why not make your own little jars of tomato paste?
  • PASSATA - preserve summer’s harvest and enjoy passata (tomato puree) all year long! Pack the hot puree into jars, or cook and reduce first (our preference), seasoned and infused with spices if desired. Gorgeous!
  • ANZAC BISCUIT MIX IN A JAR - Take a moment this year on ANZAC Day (April 25) and bake a batch of these traditional Australian biscuits whilst remembering our Diggers. Layer dry ingredients into quart jars for preparing ahead as shown, or decorate as gifts - or fill jars with baked biscuits.  You'll love these crunchy yet soft biscuits!
  • GOLDEN SYRUP APPLE PIE FILLING - Make homemade apple pies in minutes! Simply pour into a pie shell, cover with the top and bake. Quart (950ml) jars are great for family-sized pies; half pint (1-cup) jars of canned pie filling make approx. 4 x mini pies. Pie filling is also delicious stirred through homemade yoghurt or used as a topping on cheesecake, pastries, pancakes, ice-cream or other desserts.
   
WINTER = PORRIDGE PRE-MIXES @ FPHQ
Our children love eating porridge for breakfast, so making these TWO MINUTE OATS pre-mixed in wide-mouth jars (or storing in Tupperware) with the 1/3 cup measuring cup for easy preparation means they can prepare a quick, nutritious breakfast by themselves before the rush to school. Homemade dehydrated fruit makes them extra tasty. Avoid plastic packaging of commercial single-serve porridge packets and save money by making your own! P.S. The Choc Coconut Chia Porridge Mix is our favourite at the moment!

  

EASTER GIFTS IN JARS
I’ve compiled a Facebook album of crafty ideas (including links) that are quick and cute featuring jars and Easter eggs. Check it out HERE.

 

KITCHEN RENO @ FPHQ
Our renovations at FPHQ have been on hold for a few months, as we decided to replan some of the kitchen (as we will move in a few years at this stage).  However, we will still be renovating the existing small kitchen to an open plan kitchen, adding new tiles and a breakfast bar (plus a few pantries and cupboards). Our album on Facebook is here.

COMMUNITY CLASSES
Thanks for supporting our community classes as we spread the skills of home food preservation in 2016! I am currently on maternity leave until the end of 2017. Browse my website, like our Facebook Page and follow our Instagram feed to see what I get up to as I research new methods, test new (and update favourite) recipes and launch my first online food preserving course this year. Community workshops will recommence by 2018 - details will be added into future newsletters a month or so before classes recommence.

READ, LEARN AND SUPPORT THIS SITE!
My course guides are now available for purchase online HERE.
  • Brewing Guides
  • Cheese-Making Guides
  • Dehydrating Guides
  • Fermenting Guides
  • Green Cleaning Guides
  • Jam, Jelly, Pickling, Pie Filling & Preserving Guides
  • Jerky & Biltong Guides
  • Pressure Canning Guides
  • Sausage-Making Guides
  • Yoghurt-Making Guides & many more!

WA MASON JAR GROUP ORDERS
Wholesale group purchase of Ball Mason jars in Western Australia. Join the Mason Jar Co-Op – WA Facebook group if you’re interested in joining the May group order.

PERTH FOODIES
Foodie events happening across Western Australia this month. The full list for 2017 is HERE (email additions to megan@foodpreserving.org)
 
NEXT MONTH'S NEWSLETTER:
  • Food Safety Focus: why you should never eat any spoiled preserves.
  • New Articles: cold-smoking (including recipes for cold-smoked honey, cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and more)
  • Roleystone Boomerang Bags
  • Kwinana Community Garden
  • Facebook link-up – Aussie gardening groups on Facebook
  • and much, much more!
       
Enjoy your preserving journey. LEARN, CREATE, SHARE and spread a little love!
   
Warm Regards,
Megan Radaich
Author/Lecturer 
Food Preserving
e: megan@foodpreserving.org
    
    
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