Sourdough Butter Crackers

Leftover sourdough starter is abundant around these parts. I’m not about to toss all that fermented goodness. So, I search for recipes to use it up. I’ve made pancakes, banana bread, and crackers so far. Crackers are easy and fun! 


This time I made a double batch and I will refrigerate half the dough for a later time. I do have a weekend sourdough baking schedule that I’ve been trying to stick to. It’s not rigorous and just requires some time at home, mostly on Saturday afternoon. 

I wanted a buttery cracker this time so I used real butter, but I’ve had great results using coconut oil. Any oil would be fine and would veganize this recipe.

Feel free to halve this recipe.

1 1/3 cup sourdough starter (basically any state is fine)

1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour

5 tablespoons butter (I buy Amish wrapped in wax paper), or any type of oil you’d prefer. 

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Mix with hands, leave out overnight. Cut off 1/4 of dough to roll out quite thin. Lightly sprinkle with sea salt, then roll over with a rolling pin to set it in the dough. I cut mine with a thrifted pizza cutter. Bake at 350 F for about 15 minutes, turning pan at halfway point. Repeat with another 1/4 at a time. Allow to cool and enjoy!


*This is half of the written recipe. The rest I will refrigerate.

Peace and love,

Kristan

Fermented Ginger Beer

Why do I feel the need to write fermented in front of ginger beer? This delectable drink has been popularized in the last years as a beverage on its own as well as a superior addition to cocktails. However, I have noticed how it is rarely fermented commercially and carbonation is added in to plain ginger-sugar water. For shame! At the risk of sounding elitist, I feel ginger beer should only be named as such if it has been fermented, as real beer must be. My short time living in Australia was where and when I discovered how truly delicious ginger beer can be. The Aussies know how to make it well. 

In my quest to find out how to make it at home, purely natural of course, led me to the perfect recipe from Zero Waste Chef.


She is one of the persons who inspires me most in my zero waste pursuits. Check out her blog for delectable food and treats, all package free!

The recipe as is fills up these three bottles pretty much perfectly. I found some reusable bottle tops on Etsy and use them all the time! 


The brown bottle is a swing top and works best for this bubbly brew, but I love pouring from the fancy green bottle because I feel I am in a Hemingway novel; namely The Garden of Eden.


Check out this carbonation action! I am in love! I try to make it about once every two weeks.

The process is similar to sourdough where you must keep a starter; this is known as a ginger bug, which gives me giddy thoughts about caring for a cute wee insect.

You’ll chop up organic ginger and throw it in some water to boil. Add sugar, let it cool to room temperature so as not to kill those heavily sought after microbes, then add more cool water, a bit of lemon if you like, and some of your ginger bug liquid. Bottle it up and don’t forget to burp it daily (it’s your baby, after all) then refrigerate and imbibe to your heart’s desire!

Honestly, this is one of the most satisfying kitchen projects I have ever embarked upon. Which, if you’re curious, I have tried quite a few kitchen experiments. I used to regularly make kombucha, I still maintain and bake sourdough, pickle, can, make nut milks, homemade chai, make mayonnaise, mustard, BBQ sauce, and salsas. I’ll stop there so as not to bore you. 😊

Peace and love,

Kristan

Three Ferments

Fermented foods have changed my life. They have a magical quality to them. They are healthy and making them is almost all passive time; time spent watching nature do her wondrous work.


From left to right we have vegan kimchi, garlic dill pickles, and cumin basil beets.

Cucumber, garlic, and red pepper flakes are from my gardens. Oh, I also made that little linen “hat” on the pickle jar originally as a sourdough starter cover but it serves me well for many other purposes.