Firecracker Carrots with Ranch Dressing

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Firecracker Carrots with Ranch Dressing

Want to impress your guests at your next get together? Try making some homemade ranch dressing to go with our Firecracker Carrots or Dilly Green Beans. We've recently discovered that this pairings are to die for. Homemade ranch is far superior to store bought stuff and you have the benefit of being able to customize it however you like.

We love this ranch recipe from Serious Eats. If you'd like to make it thicker, change up the ratio of buttermilk and sour cream; more sour cream will thicken it up. If you're looking for some extra zing, try adding finely grated shallots. If you're feeling particularly adventurous, see how much of it you can make from scratch. Mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, and buttermilk are all fun projects!

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Dilly Beans, Carrots and Cukes, Oh My!

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Dilly Beans, Carrots and Cukes, Oh My!

So you tasted our Dilly Beans, Cucumber Pickles or Carrots and liked them enough to buy a jar. Now what? We've got some inspirational ideas for what do do with them (besides eating the whole jar in one sitting, because you just can't stop). 

Snack, Snack, Snack! All three of these really shine as a snack. Pack them with your lunch or serve them as a side with a sandwich.  Eat them in the middle of the night when you're craving a salty snack. 

Serve them as an appetizer- Add any of them to a crudite or charcuterie plate. Dilly Beans are delicious dipped in hummus. Firecracker Carrots pair very well with meats and cheeses. If you have all three on hand, you can put out a mixed pickle plate! Everyone will be amazed at how fancy you are. 

Spice up a Bloody Mary- Aside from eating them directly out of the jar, this is my favorite way to eat all three of these ferments. I like my Bloody Marys to basically be a salad with a booze, so I go crazy and add all three ferments, with celery and an olive. Add some of the Firecracker Carrot brine for an extra kick. 

Pizza topping- People are often very skeptical about this one, but the Firecracker Carrots in particular, make a great pizza topping. 

 

 

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What do I do with this kraut, anyway?

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What do I do with this kraut, anyway?

As farmers markets wind down for the season, we've noticed that one of the most common questions we get is, "So how to I eat this sauerkraut?" We'll continue to post full recipes, but want to give you some quick and easy ideas as inspiration. If you have ways you love to eat your Black and White Kraut, we'd love to hear them!

Eat it straight from the jar! This one seems a bit obvious, but sauerkraut is fantastic when you're craving a salty snack. Instead of grabbing for the bag of chips, have a few bites of kraut instead. Or eat both; we won't judge.

Add it to a garden salad- Kraut is a quick and easy way to zest up a green salad. You can even use the leftover brine in salad dressing.

Put it on sausage- This is one of our more traditional answers, but kraut really does taste delicious on sausages. Try it on a hotdog or your favorite vegetarian substitute. I personally love kraut on a Tofurky Chick'n Apple sausages.

Spice up a sandwich or wrap- Reubens are the most common kraut sandwich, but it can make any sandwich or wrap taste better. The texture also adds a very satisfying crunch. 

Scrambled eggs- Sauerkraut is an amazing topping for scrambled eggs. It's an easy, nutritious meal to whip up quickly. 

On a cracker- Kraut can make a delicious and simple appetizer. Chop it up and put it on a cracker or piece of toast with a piece of cheese or or salami. It will be sure to impress your friends. 

 

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Sauerkraut Salad

Sauerkraut Salad

I promise that we're not going to post exclusively salad recipes, but this is another fantastic recipe using our Black and White Sauerkraut. Zesty and fresh, this salad is best made the night before to give the flavors time to develop. Serve this on it's own for lunch or as a side dish with dinner. This is a fantastic compliment to grilled sausages!

Like the Curtido salad, there is plenty of room to play with this salad. Consider adding red pepper flakes for an extra kick and change up the vegetables if you get bored. 

Ingredients:

2 cups Black and White Kraut, brine drained (set this aside to add to your next broth!)

2 carrots, grated

1 cup celery, sliced

½ cup bell peppers, diced

½ cup onion, chopped

1/2 cup sugar or honey (optional, or to taste)

1 cup apple cider vinegar

¼ cup oil

¼ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon garlic powder

 

  1. Combine Black and White Kraut, carrots, celery, bell peppers, and onion in a large bowl.

  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together sugar, vinegar, oil, salt, and garlic powder.

  3. Pour vinegar mixture over salad and stir to combine.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Salvadoran Curtido Bean Salad

Salvadoran Curtido Bean Salad

This bean salad is perfect for bringing to a cookout, or making at home when you don't want a hot meal. It's easy to prepare and you can customize it with your favorite vegetables. 

Ingredients:

Salvadoran Curtido- 1 cup

Cooked kidney beans- 4 cups

Green Bell Pepper- 1 pepper

Chives or green onions- 3/4 cup

Olive oil

Salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste

Instructions

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Add salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste. This salad is best when made the night before to give the flavors time to meld. Some delicious additions can include red bell pepper, shredded carrots, cherry tomatoes, celery, or diced cucumber. Enjoy!!!