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Domestic Manual

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Food Preparation


Southern Biscuits
Ingredient Quantity
soft flour 1 cup
white sugar 1 tsp
baking powder 2 tsp
salt 1/2 tsp
shortening 1/2 cup
milk 2/5 cup
[0/8] Steps
  • [ ] Preheat oven to 450f
  • [ ] Combine dry ingreidents
  • [ ] Cut in shortening until mix is crumby.
  • [ ] Add milk while stirring until dough lifts from bowl. Should still be sticky and soft.
  • [ ] Lightly squarefold-knead mix on floured surface until springy, then string to 2 inch tall roll.
  • [ ] Let rest 2 minutes.
  • [ ] Cut into 1 inch slices, lay sideways on baking sheet 1 inch apart.
  • [ ] Bake 10-12 minutes on center rack.
  • For more traditional texture, skip kneading, but let dough rise on floured surface. Cover in flour after rising then fold over, gently, once, and tear off small chunks.
  • Butter is preferred shortening.
  • Substitute or supplement buttermilk for milk.1


Fermented Beverages
Ginger Beer

Ginger beer is a fermented beverage made with ginger, sugar, water, and "composite organism" colloquially known as a plant, primarily composed of the yeast Saccharomyces florentinus2 and the bacterium Lactobacillus hilgardii3.

I use a plant originally sourced from the Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen, DMS#2484, to produce alcoholic and non-alcholic ginger beer for myself and my partner.

[0/7] Requirements
  • [ ] A container of at least 8-and-a-half cups
  • [ ] 1 sq.ft. of cheesecloth
  • [ ] 2 quarts, quarter-cup water
  • [ ] 2 tablespoons ginger beer plant
  • [ ] 3 tablespoons finely grated ginger
  • [ ] 4 tablespoons white sugar
  • [ ] 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • [ ] Some way of loosely sealing the container4
[0/6] Process
  • [ ] In a bowl, mix your grated ginger and a quarter-cup of water.
  • [ ] In another bowl, place your cheesecloth and pour the ginger-water over it. Strain the ginger and discard. Add the filtered ginger-water to your large container.
  • [ ] Add the 2 quarts water and sugar to the container and mix until most has dissolved.
  • [ ] Add the ginger beer plant.
  • [ ] Loosely seal the container
  • [ ] Wait 3 days and bottle for 1 for non-alcoholic fizzy ginger beer.
  • [ ] Wait 5-9 days and bottle for 1 for alcholic fizzy ginger beer.
Mulberry Juice

Mulberry juice is the liquid pressed from mulberries, a tart purple berry that ripen around North Carolina through late April and May.

[0/2] Requirements
  • [ ] 2 pots, each capable of holding all the berries you plan to juice.
  • [ ] 1 piece of cheesecloth large enough that the berries could be spread flat on it.

Tip: roll some beeswax in your hands before you start to prevent the worst of the staining from working with mulberries.

[0/7] Process
  1. [ ] Place the berries in your first pot and bring it to 30c while gently mashing the berries.
  2. [ ] Line the second pot with the cheesecloth and pour the mash into the cloth.
  3. [ ] Gather the corners and lift out of the pot, holding any openings pinched shut.
  4. [ ] Begin to massage the mash dry, slowly twisting the closed ends to keep it secure. The juice will fill the second pot.
  5. [ ] Continue until you run out of patience, then discard the dry mash.
  6. [ ] Discard the dry mash.
  7. [ ] Pasteurize the juice.

This is a record of my results with this recipe.

Date Input Output Comments
<2019-05-13 Mon> 3.5 lb 1.2 qt Bit tart to drink on its own.


Fresh Cheeses
Breakfast Cheese

Breakfast is a fresh cow's milk cheese that I often eat for breakfast, thus the name.



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When substituting buttermilk in recipes that use baking powder, you should remove 2 tsp baking powder and add 1 tsp baking soda for every 1 cup of milk you are replacing with buttermilk.


Saccharomyces florentinus was previously known as Saccharomyces pyriformis.


Lactobacillus hilgardii was previously known as Brevibacterium vermiforme.


The best way to loosely seal a container is with an air-lock pressure valve. Here are others, in order of fitness: a lightly waxed but not air-tight cloth, any cloth, another small container placed upside-down over the opening.

Author: emsenn

Created: 2019-05-20 Mon 23:54