Today is (or would have been) my mom and dad's 43rd wedding anniversary. It has been difficult because I always made a big deal over my parents' anniversary, cooked for them, etc. and because the 8th is coming up...that's the day I found dad not breathing and called 911 and he was flown to TN and then he fought for his life until March 14th - 2011. I have wanted to eat all day...just for comfort or from being anxious or something.
This morning, as I stood over my tea kettle waiting on the water to boil, I noticed my tea had a little message for me...
"You must know that you can swim through every tide and change of time."
How fitting for me today.
I've been doing a lot of research on lacto-fermented vegetables, and although I've canned kraut and other veggies for a while, I've never done it the old fashioned way like my grandparents & great grand parents did it. I have memories of my grandma telling me a few years ago how that when she was growing up, her mom would tell her to go out and get some kraut for supper. She'd take a big bowl and out the back door to the big wood barrel. She'd removed the big heavy lid and use the old tin water-dipper to dip out the kraut. She said they always had a big barrel of kraut out the back door, year round. My great grand parents lived to see the 100's. How about that? :)
I used my crock pot to get started and if it turns out well, I may invest in a larger fermenting crock. There are so many benefits from these types of food with live cultures - I'm sure everyone has heard about how good they are for your gut, your immune system, for fighting cancer and the list goes on...
My biggest problem is waiting for the 2-4 weeks to see what the end results are. Wish my little buglets luck!