Waste not want not

If you have access to red currant leaves you can add them at the end. Lay them onto the mixture. It helps with the fermentation process, but it’s not totally necessary. The main thing is to pound the cabbage so that the juice comes out and add plenty of salt. It packs into a smaller space than you’d imagine. It doesn’t take long. Ten minutes. I didn’t include a photo of the jar after I’d washed the bits of cabbage and spices off the outside of the glass because I can’t pretend it’s not a bit messy. The fermented cabbage is great as a side with lots of different possibilities. You can do this with just about any vegetable and combinations of vegetables. I was sceptical at first as cabbage can be so stinky. But the stink is released by the fermentation process. I should have said maybe burp your cabbage jars next to an open window. Haha. No seriously it’s one of the best things to do with cabbage you’d ordinarily throw into the compost.

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First blackberries of 2019

Blackberries when still slightly sour have enough pectin to set without apples or lemons. It’s really satisfying to get a good set on jelly without adding in another flavour. Though I do like a mixed jam, there’s something wonderful about blackberry jelly. It’s worth getting snagged by thorns, buzzed by wasps and the waiting for the liquid to drip through the cloth.

Getting a handle on it

This was the sorry state of the Imperial Good Companion case handle and catch. Rusty and grotty and very unpleasant to hold. Impossible to use without makeshift padding. I spent a bit of time on it today and I’m quite pleased with my new scrap leather handle.

I gave everything a bit of Renaissance Wax to finish off.

Now I have to clear up my mess !

Eradicating cling wrap

There are different methods out there for making wax wraps. Some people use an iron, some people melt the wax and brush it on. Some people mix stuff like pine resin with the wax. I’ve seen people using newspaper and baking parchment under the cloth using an iron. Frankly that seems like a waste of wax as it gets absorbed into the paper or leftovers have to be thrown away and the idea here is getting toward zero waste. I’ve even seen one YouTuber painting on the wax and then putting the wraps in the oven to smooth out the brush strokes! That’s all too much of a faff and bother for me. And uses twice as much heat you have to pay for! This way is quick, and once you’re done you can just stow the tray and grater away for making more wraps another time or another waxy project. My only gripe is that the wax itself came in a plaggy bag.