This post about making broth got me thinking about the new skills I’ve learned in the past year. In addition to broth, I learned how to break down a fresh chicken, how to make sauerkraut, and I dabbled in cheesemaking. I’ve also been learning to knit, slowly but surely. In the past year, I made two sweaters, a hood/scarf combo, a cowl scarf and several hats.
I also tried a few things that didn’t work out as planned, including making kombucha, lacto-fermented pickles and a sourdough starter. As frustrating as failure is, I need to learn from my mistakes and try again.
So here is my list of homemaking goals for 2012:
- make a homemade cheese press
- learn to make cheddar
- learn to knit socks (started my first sock today!)
- expand the garden
- do a better job storing and preserving produce for the winter
- make a sourdough starter
- try again with kombucha