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Moldy sauerkraut smells rather much like roadkill

By Dean Mullis
Dean Mullis
Dean Mullis writes from Laughing Owl Farm in Richfield.

I made two batches of sauerkraut this summer. One in a 10 liter Harsch crock of just cabbage and another batch in a huge 30 liter with cabbage and hot peppers. They were fermenting just fine in the basement for the first couple of weeks and then I sorta forgot about them until early October.

When I finally remembered to check them, there was a white mold growing across the the top of the sauerkraut. Not a bad thing really, but now it is the middle of November and I have still not tended to the crocks.

I am hoping I can take off the top 6-8 inch layer that smells like like a roadkill possum that ate a dead skunk and have some wonderfully aged cabbage...

The crocks keep getting in the way. I have been working in the basement building shelves to lay in supplies for the coming zombie apocalypse. Uhhh, I mean to store camping supplies. Every time I have to move the crocks, I get a faint smell of what is under the lid; but I don’t open the lid…yet.

Coyote update

Thanks to predators, we can now count our chickens... Seven that roost in the carport at night and two roosters in the hinterlands in the 200 yards between our house and the road.

Coyotes are getting bolder. The dogs were barking like crazy early last Saturday morning. I get up and, once again, there is a coyote standing about 75 yards up our driveway staring at the barking dogs and our house.

After a couple minutes of observing him, I grabbed my shotgun and went out the front door. The coyote was trotting up the driveway. He was at the edge of the road and I was about 100 yards away when he turned and saw me. I expected him to take off running, but he turned and came back down the driveway towards me.

That was very odd and spooky. He headed into the weeds about 50 yards away, in front of me and I can only assume he was circling in behind me.

Dean Mullis writes from Laughing Owl Farm in Richfield;
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