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I’m giving a sauerkraut workshop on Friday, November 27th, so come on over and bring all the cabbage you didn’t cook for Thanksgiving dinner. It’s part of the Buy Nothing Day celebration at the Non*Mart art show and it’s free.

The party lasts from 4 pm to 6 pm at Y2Y Gallery at 251 Balboa Street in San Francisco. I suspect the workshop will start at 5. We won’t be providing materials, so please bring your own:

– a widemouth mason jar (quart or half gallon) with a lid.
– a medium or small head of cabbage. It is helpful if you know how much your cabbage weighs. Check your receipt or ask the farmstand to weigh it when you buy it.
– a teaspoon of caraway and/or cumin seeds per quart.
– a mandoline or grater with a straight blade to slice, not grate, the cabbage. If you do not have a mandoline, we can share.
– a mixing bowl.

For more details visit the Non*Mart site.

The photo is from the pickling workshop I taught two weeks ago at Gravel & Gold.

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Connie Choe won the kimchi-making contest I entered back in May and for good reason. Her kimchi, Granny Choe’s, is tasty and is sold only by mail—an excellent strategy for fermented food. The pickle is made in small batches with surprise ingredients (pine nuts, parsley… dates?!), then gets packed almost immediately and shipped so that it ferments en route and arrives fresh.

Here’s the trophy she won, with a cute head of bok choi on top.

kimchi contest trophies

Now you might wonder whether it’s fair for someone who makes kimchi professionally to win a contest full of amateur kimchi makers. To you I say: Would it have been fair for my life to go on without my knowing about this particular and particularly delicious brand of kimchi? No. No it would not. And that’s why I am sharing it with you today.

How does she make it? This video (via boingboing) explains everything.

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Kraut in a bowl
I’ve always considered pickling an art and now I have some justification. My sauerkraut will be part of the art exhibition Non*Mart, opening November 6 and running till January 15, 2010 at Y2Y Gallery at 251 Balboa Street in San Francisco.

The theme of the show is bartering and everything on display will be available for trade, including the kraut. Come taste samples of it fresh and alive at the party from 6 to 8 pm on the opening day. I’ll have more ready to trade, and I can always make more.

I got inspired to apply to the show after starting a happy trade with Clare Judith Bowers for one of her paintings.

Here’s the flyer, click for a larger size:

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