Tag Archives | April 2017

April Mastery Challenge Round-Up: Quick Pickles

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April is over and so it’s a wrap for our quick pickle challenge! This month, 202 people submitted their projects and lots more joined the conversation in the Facebook group and on Instagram. As always, it was so much fun for me to see everyone trying new recipes and finding ways to create interesting flavor combinations.

As is so often the case in these monthly challenges, there was a huge amount of space to move and explore within the confines of the topic. And while it appears that the most popular things to quick pickle were cucumber, cauliflower, eggs, and red onions, you guys managed to pickle more than 30 different fruits, vegetables, and protein (primarily chicken and quail eggs).

As you can see in the image above, a little less than half of you made just one batch of pickles. The remainder of you let the challenge inspire you throughout the month and you made many more batches. It’s a lot of quick pickles and I couldn’t be more pleased!

This pair of images tells us that while many of you were already feeling quite friendly towards quick pickling, even more participants are happy with the way their projects turned out.

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Philly Farm and Food Fest this Saturday, April 8

The Philly Farm and Food Fest is this Saturday, April 8 from 11 am to 4 pm at the Philadelphia Convention Center. This is one of my very favorite local food events of the year, because it is the effective kick-off for the consumer-side of our regional growing season.

Farmers, producers, makers, authors, restaurateurs and other food-focused people gather to share their mutual love of food and drink. There are cooking demos, activities for kids, and opportunities to buy new-to-you food products. You can sign up for a CSA share, partake in the Local Libations Lounge, and even visit the Curd Convention (it’s a convention within a convention).

This year, the Fest includes more 150 exhibitors, a chance to meet farm animals up-close, and 16 workshops in order to expand your skills. You’ll find me on the Homesteader’s Stage at 1 pm and fermentation expert Amanda Feifer will be presenting in the PF3 Kitchen at 2:05. I’ll also be around all day with books for sale and signature.

And, for industry folks who want a chance to wander before the crowds converge, there’s a VIP hour from 10-11 am that will allow you meet farmers, authors, and producers without the crush.

Tickets are available online (and kids under 12 are free!). Join us!

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April Sponsors: Cuppow, Fillmore Container, EcoJarz, MightyNest, and Mason Jar Lifestyle

Happy April, friends and readers! It’s the start of the month and so is time to thank the businesses that help make this site possible. Please do show them your appreciation for their support with your time and attention!

In the top spot are our friends at Cuppow. They are the creators of the original mason jar travel mug topper and the BNTO, a small plastic cup that transforms a canning jar into a snack or lunch box. Parents and kids love their EIO set, with its grippy silicone sleeve and a lid that makes for easy sipping. Look for a fun promotion featuring their gear later this month.

Lancaster, PA-based and family-owned Fillmore Container are next! They sell all manner of canning jars, lids, and other preservation gear. As always, their blog is an amazing resource for all things jar-related. They’re the host of my giveaway this week. Make sure to enter to win some fabulous Pint & Half jars!

Our friends over at EcoJarz on board again this month. They make an array of products designed to fit on top of mason jars, including cheese graters, coffee brewers, and stainless steel storage lids. Make sure to follow them on social, because they host a weekly EcoJarz Fan Pic of the Week giveaway!

Mason Jar Lifestyle is a one-stop shopping site for all the jar lovers out there. They sell all manner of mason jar accessories and adaptors. If you’re in the market for lids, straws, sprouting lids, and cozies to transform your mason jars into travel mugs, make sure to check them out!

MightyNest is an amazing resource for non-toxic, natural, and organic products for homes and families. I’m a big fan of the MightyFix, their monthly product subscription program. Right now, you can get a year’s subscription to the MightyFix for just $99 (it regularly costs $10 a month, so that’s a great deal).

If your company or small business is interested in becoming a sponsor, you can find more details here. I offer discounts for multiple month purchases and am always happy to work with your budget. Leave a comment on this post or drop me a note to learn more!

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