The Brellis House


Sourdough Adventures II

Posted on May 11th, 2012 by Dan

I’ve made a few more batches with my sourdough starter since my first successful loaf. However, these baguette-bâtard mutants are notably blogworthy.

sourdough bread

I’m still trying to get a feel for how to make great sourdough. I still haven’t been able to get a really sour taste, and on my last dough, the starter ‘over ripened’ and degraded the gluten, causing a dough that fell apart instead of stretched. Luckily that dough was destined for pizza and I could roll it out and salvage it. My second sourdough loaf had perfect gluten development, but again, little sour flavor (recipe link from Sourdough Adventures I).


Canning Tomatoes

Posted on September 11th, 2011 by Susanna

Yesterday, Dan canned tomatoes he bought from the farmer’s market. (Unfortunately not from our garden, we didn’t have much success with tomatoes in this super dry, then super wet summer) It was enough tomatoes to half fill our sink (and our sink is big).

sink of tomatoes

After boiling them for a bit, he peeled the skins off. Mason jars were also boiled to sterilize.

Peeled tomatoes

We ended up having to buy a big pot to fit all the jars and then all the tomatoes. Not sure where we’ll store this thing huge pot

And the end product: 4 jars of fresh, local, organic tomatoes!canned tomatoescanned tomatoes