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Learning to make cheese...

asked by Everyday_Cook on

I have a new life goal, and that goal is to master the art of cheese making, the one problem is that I don't eat much cows milk (well I don't really eat any given the choice) and I'm struggling to find courses/resources that would allow me to make sheep and goats cheeses safely at home. Anyone have any advice?

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Looking after my starter

asked by Windalea on

I have made the starter and first loaf. What next ? How do I maintain it between loaves? Do I feed it everyday or just the day before I want to make another loaf and then remove the amount necessary to make the loaf?

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Hazelnut tree, when to pick them?

asked by candacegoodrich on

We discovered a hazelnut tree in the courtyard behind our new apartment. When can we pick the nuts? Is there any kind of process that we need to do once picked, or can we just crack them open?

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Fruit trees, how to take care of them?

asked by candacegoodrich on

We have a Klein Garten in Leipzig, about 300 square meters that had been abandoned for several years. We have the veg patch relatively under control at this point, but we have wild plums that have never produced fruit from what our neighbor says. The plum is more bush-like and seems to come up everywhere in the garden. It looked pretty healthy at the beginning of the summer and then had black aphids under the leaves, which really destroyed the leaves. They look pretty sickly now. Any advice on taking care of them in the future? How big to they need to be before they will bear fruit? Should we try to prune them so that they grow a single trunk?

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Damson jelly - recipe with a slug of gin?

asked by RachelH14 on

I wonder (and hope) I could ask for some pointers - I am making damson jelly, I haven't made damson jelly before, I've usually done damson jam but after success with quince jelly I thought I'd try. But I was also thinking that a good slug of gin would go well on the jelly - does anyone know? And when would you add the gin?
Thank you!

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mexican cooking

asked by mandy.straker on

I have just received my first ever mexican cook book great love it , but what is masa !harina is it some kind of flour and if so we're would I buy it . Thank you for your help.

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River Cottage DVDs

asked by Foxee on

Why are there so many more dvds of River Cottage shows available in Australia? There you can get River Cottage Every Day, Three Go Mad, Hugh's Three Hungry Boys, to name but three that are unavailable in the UK.

Are these shows going to be made available in the UK, or, if not, how can we import them from Australia?

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curing prosciutto style ham in cold climates

asked by LeBlanc on


I'm interested in curing prosciutto style hams in an unheated barn hay loft where temperature in winter often dip to -25 Celsius. I cannot find any information on the effect of curing ham in such cold temperatures. Do anyone have any insight on curing hams in such low temperatures?

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Lamb Merguez

asked by Jeffmkchef on

Hello Everyone!

I was wondering if any of you sausage enthusiasts had a trusted lamb merguez sausage recipe. I have one I have developed over the years but I know it's not perfect and I love to compare recipes side by side and either add or omitt steps from my recipe.

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Dear Hugh, RC team and all food enthusiasts!

Could you take part in a PILOT survey on stakeholders who are, or were, involved in Local Food Initiatives (LFIs) and related networks in their community (especially within the UK)? Its purpose is to better understand the challenges, barriers, issues and opportunities LFIs and networks face in helping to transition communities towards sustainable food systems and away from wasteful ones. This PILOT survey is an opportunity to test how it performs, gather suggestions for improving it, and making valuable adjustments to it before it is launched officially at a later date. Feedback is duly appreciated by Sunday August 24, 2014.

To access the survey please visit:;usp=sharing

Thank you in advance for your valuable contribution!
Christina Reinards
Candidate for Master’s in Environmental Decision Making, The Open University (OU)

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