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FOOD PRESERVING NEWSLETTER - MAY, 2017
 
Learn, create and share! Community classes, new recipes and more …   
      
What’s happening at Food Preserving HQ this month?
Smoothie bowls, homemade yoghurt and more...
   
MAY IS HERE!
Last month was so much fun at FPHQ – spending quality time with our children before they went back to school and visiting foodie friends and various community events. I really enjoy spending time in the community and joined the local community garden here in Kwinana, Western Australia. I am looking forward to sharing my food preserving skills and finally learning how to sew– my first sewing project will be making produce bags from leftover bits of fabric, odd linen, etc. I would love to see you there – I am the lady with the baby that always has a natural mohawk lol so come say hi and introduce yourself! I am on maternity leave for most of this year, yet still cooking, creating, writing and sharing recipes! This month I have ordered my camera tripod and a few other things so I can begin filming my first few food preserving YouTube videos, which is very exciting! Plus I’ve purchased quail breeding pens from a friend (I’ve had quails for around a year now giving us lovely little eggs each day) for beginning meat production in Spring for our family. Don’t forget to visit the Food Preserving website, Facebook 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 wonderful Mother’s Day and spend some special time with your Mother and/or children. Why not make something homemade to give for Mother’s Day this year? Homemade gifts make the best kind of gifts   - Megan
 
   
 
ROLEYSTONE BOOMERANG BAGS
Last month I checked out Roleystone 'Boomerang Bags' with my son (who was 8 weeks old at the time). What a great cause! Roleystone Family Centre hold community busy bees where volunteers sew together boomerang bags that then go to the local IGA to be used by the community.
What are boomerang bags? Schools, community groups, businesses and volunteers get together to make reusable ‘Boomerang Bags’ using recycled materials as a means to replace plastic bags.
More information: http://boomerangbags.org/ 
 
    
 
HEDGE MEET-UP
Usually I am booked up months ahead with classes and miss out on social meet-ups – but I was lucky to visit such an incredible garden at the lovely Faye's home (Botanic Obsession) in April for the Hedge meet-up. Faye had various insect hotels in her garden of native and edible plants – it was very inspiring! I have collated some photographs taken from the day (and a few others) of the NATIVE INSECT/BEE HOTEL IDEAS HERE for ideas to make my own “Bee Hotel” at home with my children and build one at our local community garden too.
HEDGE-Homesteading, EDible Gardening Enthusiasts (Perth, Western Australia) Facebook Group
 
   
 
KWINANA COMMUNITY SHARE
A hub for the people of Kwinana to transition towards a community based on sustainable principles, shared resources and to make a better brighter Kwinana. Their current focus is on creating a community garden and sustainability site incorporating a "food forest". KCS meet each week at Sloan's Cottage (corner Sloan's Drive & Harman Street Leda WA 6170) from 9am - 12pm - where they talk, garden, weed, plant, sew and generally create community. Sometimes they run workshops and mass planting days. Everyone is welcome to come along and find out more. See you there!
Kwinana Community Share Facebook Group
   
     
 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!
VIEW OUR COMPETITION PAGE HERE
Congratulations to Michelle who won our Cheese-Making pack last month! May 21 is our 5th BIRTHDAY – stop by our Facebook Page to celebrate and enter our birthday competition.
 
     
 
THIS MONTH’S FAVOURITES:

  • COLD-SMOKED CHEDDAR CHEESE – delicious melted on homemade sourdough with a big bowl of homemade tomato soup!
  • PRESSURE CANNED SPAGHETTI SAUCE – just heat and eat!
  • HOMEMADE EGG PASTA – Cheap and tasty! Make lasagna sheets or cut into fettuccini, spaghetti or add filling to make delicious ravioli (which can be frozen for several months).
  • MOZZARELLA CHEESE – nothing beats homemade, soft, stretchy mozzarella and bocconcini (baby mozzarella).
  • ANZAC BISCUITS – ready in minutes!
  • COLD-SMOKED HONEY - Sweet, sticky, smokey honey! Choose your favourite locally sourced honey, gently cold-smoke and enjoy the delicious smokey aftertaste of smoked honey in both sweet and savoury dishes. Cold-smoking retains the natural honey components and makes a small batch, unique gourmet ingredient that is ideal for gifts and sharing with your family and friends.
  • Vinegar - 2 ways! APPLE CIDER VINEGAR (using a vinegar mother) and APPLE SCRAP VINEGAR (MYO mother)
  • DEHYDRATED MARSHMALLOWS - a great way to store a large amount of marshmallows, especially when fresh marshmallows may go stale before being eaten. Dried marshmallows are crunchy and can be eaten dried as a snack, rehydrated in a mug of hot chocolate, or added to baked goods. Dehydrated marshmallows make wonderful gifts during the holiday season!
  • HOT CHOCOLATE MIX - something simple you can make at home, and makes extra special gifts for all occasions. To serve, stir 3 heaped tablespoons into a cup of boiling water, then serve. If you have leftover candy canes (or other powdered flavourings), why not grind them up and make your own flavour of hot chocolate mix!
  • RICOTTA - Made too much ricotta? Make Lemon, Ricotta & Pea Dip! Just blend equal amounts of thawed peas and ricotta, add lemon zest (or juice), salt and pepper to taste. Miss 5yrs nabbed some of this for school lunch (with cucumber slices).
 

SOURDOUGH FETA BRUSCHETTA
Toast slices of sourdough bread, spread with smashed avocado (seasoned with lime and smoked garlic salt) and top with feta, fresh tomato, basil and drizzle with reduced balsamic vinegar.

COLD-SMOKING GRAZING PLATTER 
Cold-smoked cheese and cold-smoked sun-dried tomatoes, fresh and dried fruit, nuts, crackers and pretzels. Yum!


SLOW-COOKER CARAMEL 
Sweetened condensed milk in the tin or jar for 4.5hrs on high. Make sure you cover tins/jars with an inch of water while it cooks and have ring pull ends pointed down (on the bottom). Wait until cool then remove from the slow-cooker. 2 tins made 5 x 4oz (125ml) jars of caramel. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
   
PORRIDGE / OATMEAL BOWLS
The best thing about weekends with our family is sharing bowls of hot homemade porridge! My oldest daughter (9 years) mixes up our TWO MINUTE OATS in large, wide-mouth jars (or Tupperware containers) with the 1/3 cup measuring cup nearby for easy preparation so they can prepare a quick, nutritious breakfast by themselves. Homemade dehydrated fruit makes them extra tasty! Avoid plastic packaging of commercial single-serve porridge packets and save money by mixing your own. Our Porridge/Oatmeal Bowls Facebook Album has lots of serving ideas.
 
     
 
SMOOTHIE BOWLS
Just like a milkshake, only thicker! Keeping tummies full, frozen fruit blended with dehydrated greens and topped with seeds, nuts and fruit to make a tasty snack. Our Smoothie Bowls Facebook Album has lots of flavour and serving ideas.
 
     
 
HOMEMADE YOGHURT
Our Yoghurt Facebook Album has lots of serving ideas. We like eating yoghurt after a busy day (especially my children, who are usually pretty hungry after school). Full of beneficial bacteria and keeps their tummies full, plus tastes and looks great! Grab my yoghurt recipes HERE and granola recipe HERE.
   
     
     

WEEKEND WAFFLE STACK!
Make a batch of Buttermilk Pikelets and pour into your waffle machine. Cook until golden and serve hot, topped with homemade vanilla yoghurt and berries.
    

RECYCLE YOUR EASTER EGG WRAPPERS
Recycle your Easter egg foil wrappers! Scrunch all the wrappers together, into the size of a golf-ball (or bigger), before placing into your recycle bin.
    
KITCHEN RENO @ FPHQ
Our renovations at FPHQ have been on hold for a few months; however we will be renovating the existing small kitchen into an open plan kitchen in the next few months! New flooring, tiles and a breakfast bar (plus a few pantries and cupboards). Now I have been back making sourdough for the past month, I am researching and planning a bread-making bench for my kitchen – a special space for mixing, proofing and creating my homemade sourdough and baked goods! The kitchen reno 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.
    














    
COMING SOON: AUSSIE BUSH TUCKER
Australian native foods are going to be featured in a Food Preserving Guide! I’m currently planning the outline for a future guide to include various bush tucker ingredients, exploring food preserving methods and recipes plus information about each ingredient, flavour partners, etc. I’m looking forward to working on recipes for bottling jam/jelly/sauce, homebrew, dehydrating, freezing and a few baking recipes featuring these unique Aussie ingredients.
   
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:

  • Local business spotlight: visiting the new premises for our local Apiary;
  • Sourdough 1,2, 3 - articles and a great recipe for beginners;
  • Skill focus: cold-smoking (including recipes for cold-smoked sun-dried tomatoes and couscous);
  • 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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FOOD PRESERVING NEWSLETTER - APRIL, 2017
A new addition, new recipes and seasonal preserves.
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FOOD PRESERVING NEWSLETTER - TERM 4, 2016
Mozzarella, sausages, bacon, biltong, jerky and edible Christmas gifts!
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FOOD PRESERVING NEWSLETTER - TERM 3, 2016
Kitchen planning, new recipes and our community classes across Perth!
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REVIEW: LESS IS MORE FESTIVAL - MARCH 14, 2015
We had SO MUCH FUN talking about the Joy of Dehydrating at this year's Less is More Festival! 
Workshop notes included in the link.
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FOOD PRESERVING NEWSLETTER - JANUARY 2015
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FOOD PRESERVING NEWSLETTER - MAY 7, 2014
Including reviews of our April class and EcoFair 2014, details of upcoming classes & events (including the Fremantle Intro course) and addition of fruit pie filling recipes.
Featured recipes: Cookies in Jars, Hot Chocolate Mix, Rocky Road Mix, Carrot Cake Jam, Roasted Red Relish, Rosemary Onion Relish & EcoFair Fruit Chutney.
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FOOD PRESERVING NEWSLETTER - APRIL 4, 2014
Including reviews of our March class and EnviroFEST 2014, details of upcoming classes & events, and our fundraising results so far for 2014.
Featured recipes: Plum Jam, Plum Sauce and Butter Chicken
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FOOD PRESERVING NEWSLETTER - MARCH 10, 2014
Including reviews of our February class and Upcycle, details of upcoming classes & events, and our latest product range.
Featured recipes: Peach Jam, Peach Pie Filling and Peach Wine Liqueur
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FOOD PRESERVING NEWSLETTER - FEBRUARY 1, 2014
Including details of upcoming community classes, private classes & introduction to pressure canning classes, ideas for figs and more.
Featured recipes: Bourbon Vanilla Fig Jam & Cherry Tomato Chutney
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TODAY TONIGHT ARTICLE - OCTOBER 11, 2013
I was interviewed by Today Tonight, an Australian current affairs and community interest television program.
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FOOD PRESERVING NEWSLETTER - SEPTEMBER 26, 2013
Including details of upcoming community classes, private classes & introduction to pressure canning classes, ideas for strawberries and more.
Featured recipes: Strawberry Coconut Rum Jam & Lemonade Scones
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FOOD PRESERVING NEWSLETTER - SEPTEMBER 20, 2013
Including details of upcoming community classes, private classes & introduction to pressure canning classes, re-branding from 365 Days of Creative Canning to Food Preserving .Org.
Featured recipe: Beetroot Sweet Pepper Relish
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REVIEW: CAN-IT-FORWARD DAY - AUGUST 17, 2013
We made four different batches of Mixed Berry Jam on the day!
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REVIEW: PRESSURE CANNING CLASS - AUGUST 10, 2013
An introduction to pressure canning class, where we made a vegetarian spaghetti sauce in the pressure canner.
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FOOD PRESERVING NEWSLETTER - AUGUST 8, 2013
Including details of upcoming classes and events, updates to the website and more recipes using apples, plus a review on making marmalade.
Featured recipe: Candy Apple Pie Filling.   
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FOOD PRESERVING NEWSLETTER - JULY 11, 2013
Including details of upcoming classes and events, updates to the website, kumquats, pickles and canning apple pie filling using ClearJel.
Featured recipes: Raspberry Jam and Raspberry Red Onion Chutney.
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FOOD PRESERVING NEWSLETTER - JULY 4, 2013
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MAKE SOMETHING 365 REVIEW - MAY 30, 2013
A follow-up on my year of canning by Make Something author Noah Scalin. See more of the review HERE
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FOOD PRESERVING NEWSLETTER - MAY 30, 2013
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FOOD PRESERVING NEWSLETTER - MARCH 31, 2013
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FOOD PRESERVING NEWSLETTER - MARCH 3, 2013
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FOOD PRESERVING NEWSLETTER - FEBRUARY 24, 2013
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MAKE SOMETHING 365 INTERVIEW - AUGUST 2, 2012
An introduction to my year of canning by Make Something author Noah Scalin. See more of the review HERE
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PREPARING FOR 365 DAYS OF CREATIVE CANNING - MAY 20, 2012
Introduction to myself, what inspired the challenge and what I will be creating this year.
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