I have two post from my cooking blog, for flavored vinegars.
Homemade raspberry vinegar
Homemade mixed citrus vinegar
Friday, August 31, 2012
This is the old King Aurthur Flour sourdough starter, Ill give their exact instructions. This is my favorite bread recipe Soft parmesan-garlic sourdough bread
2cups warm water
1Tbl. of sugar or honey (optional)
1Tbl. or packet active dry yeast
Pour the water into a 3- to 4-quart glass or ceramic container or bowl, and add dissolve the sugar or honey and the yeast in that order. Stir in the flour gradually. Cover the jar or bowl with a clean dishcloth and place it somewhere warm. By using a dishcloth instead of plastic wrap, you'll allow any wild yeast in the area to infiltrate and begin to work with the domestic yeast which itself is beginning to develop "wild" characteristics and flavors.
The mixture will begin to bubble and brew almost immediately. Let it work anywhere from 2 to 5 days, stirring it about once a day as it will separate. When the bubbling has subsided and a yeasty, sour aroma has developed, stir your starter once more and refrigerate it until you are ready to use it. The starter should have the consistency of pancake batter.
Here is what Better homes and Gardens had to say about the process.
" Let stand in at room temperature (75 degree F to 85 degree F) for 5 to 10 days or until mixture has a fermented aroma and vigorous bubbling stops, stirring 2 or 3 times a day. (Fermentation time depends on room temperature; a warmer room will hasten the fermentation process.)"
If you don't want to freeze your starter, it has to be replenished.
King Arthur Flour's instructions for maintaining your sourdough starter
My all time favorite bath product. This soak makes your skin and hair, silky soft, and removes any sticky buildup from using hair products. I use 1/2 to 1 cup, once or twice a week, it can dry your skin if you use it too often. Table salt does have an anti-caking agent added to it, but sea salt is derived from sea water, with no added ingredients. Real soap (the handmade kind, not the detergent-laden soap you buy at the store) is actually salt. It comes from a chemical reaction when combining fats (like olive oil) and lye. (sodium hydroxide) Once I started to use the real thing, (about 3 years ago) I'll never go back to soap from the store.
1 cup Epsom salt
1/2 cup sea salt or un-iodized table salt
1/4cup baking soda
10 drops of food coloring
1tsp. skin safe fragrance oil- I get my oils from Natures Garden and Daystar supplies
Combine the Epsom salt, sea salt, and baking soda in a bowl.
Drop in the food coloring, and work it through with your fingers, until well blended.
Add the fragrance oil and work through the same way. It's ready to use, but I prefer to wait a day or two, before using. Store in an air-tight container or a storage bag.
I add a little liquid soap or shower gel, so it leaves you skin moist, but not oily. Honey is a natural humectant, attracting moisture to your newly exfoliated skin.
1/2tsp. shower gel
1/2tsp of light oil, like grape-seed, almond or soybean.
Combine all ingredients, it's ready to use. Apply it to you face, hands, feet, or body. Scrub 1 minute or less. I love to use this after a pedicure.
Ginger (zingiber officinale) Photo ,that you buy in the produce section of your grocer, is a live rhizome, that can easily be grown. It becomes a tall bamboo-like plant, that is really tough, and can take a lot of abuse. The root grows very similar to an iris, sending out nodes, and spreads, fairly rapidly, filling the pot. They can be removed, with a knife, and washed. You now have a constant supply of ginger. I once had one, that filled an 8" pot, it made a pretty plant for one corner of my living room.
I like to grow a few of the herbs I use, indoors, particularly, the ones that are hard to find. I grow many more, in the garden.