Today I opened my last bottle of second-fermented kombucha. I flavored it with ripe raspberries and grated ginger. It is so good! I’m bummed that it takes so frickin’ long to double ferment, but we do keep our house fairly cool, relying more on layers of clothing than on turning up the thermostat.
Look at those bubbles! See, I could drink my kombucha way earlier, but the longer I let it sit the more natural carbonation occurs. I’ve been drinking kombucha at work during lunch in place of soda, so you can see why carbonation would be important. I used up the rest of my ginger bug and bottled it like I do kombucha, so I’m hoping to get a fizzy ginger drink. I placed the bottles in the kitchen instead of the back room because the kitchen is so much warmer, it should enable a faster ferment. Hopefully they will not take as long to bubble up.
I checked on my fermenting garlic as well:
The brine is a bit darker, and you can see some cloudiness near the bottom. I checked in with my fermenting group and they said it was just the microbes dying off, which is supposed to happen. Everything appears to be on course!
I bought a couple cabbages a few days ago to try my hand at making sauerkraut, so we’ll see how that goes.
Last week I tried to palpate one of my does to see if she was pregnant, but I didn’t feel anything going on down there so assumed she was not pregnant. When you palpate, any fetuses are supposed to feel like marbles at that stage in the supposed pregnancy. I thought, “To heck with that!” and put her back in with the buck. Now, this is the doe who usually submits fairly easily, and this time she was not having any of it, no matter how nicely the buck groomed her (rabbits do kind of court each other and grooming plays a big role). She would kind of growl and run around, so I finally snagged her and put her back in her cage. She was not pleased with me.
I decided that I was going to try our youngest doe, the blue rex, earlier than I did the white rabbits because I heard that young rabbits make good mothers, and let’s be honest, I’m tired of waiting for our rabbits to get knocked up.
I’ve put her in with both bucks but while they are willing, she doesn’t seem too interested. She doesn’t bite or freak out, just kind of lays down and ignores them. I’m not worried about it at this point because she is rather young, about 5 months maybe.
This is a very long winded way to say that while I was doing hutch duties today (cleaning out poop pans, filling water), the maybe-pregnant doe was digging at her cage floor, like she was trying to burrow. A light blub went off, so I grabbed her some straw we had lying around and she immediately began haystaching. What is a haystache? I didn’t get a photo, but here is one I found on google:
My rabbit began picking up hay and making a nest with it, so I’m a little more sure she’s pregnant this go around and I just didn’t palpate correctly when I was feeling for kits. Her kindle date is anytime around 11/26-11/30. Of course, that is the Thanksgiving holiday time and we might not be around for the actual event, wouldn’t you know it. I hear a lot of first time mothers don’t know what the hell they are doing, and so lose the kits because they leave them exposed to the elements, or they don’t feed them, or…. I guess we’ll just have to see how it goes. Maybe she’ll be a stellar first-time mom and we will not have to do a thing.
We’ve been getting some snow at our place, and our backyard is like a forgotten wasteland of mud.
I made toffee today, and while it’s delicious (how can butter and sugar really go wrong?) I feel like I should have let it boil longer.
The thing is, I’ve made this several times now. When I let it cook longer, the butter starts to separate back out of the sugar, so that when I do finally pour it onto the cookie sheet it sits in this huge butter pool. Anyone have any ideas on how to cook it longer without the formula breaking? I’d love to hear them!
And because no mother should be without blackmail material on her kids: