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  1. Tamara,
    Just read an article of yours on making sea salt. It gave me food for thought. I live by the sea and like to smoke food once in a while. I often put a pan of water in the smoker to keep the temperature down . Why not combine the two features and use seawater to cool the smoke and get (hopefully) smoked sea salt.
    Ted Reynolds

    • Sounds like a great idea to me! We’ve smoked salt after we’ve made it, but we’ve never combined the two processes. Do me a favor, would you — try it and report back? I’d love to know how it comes out.

      • It works, but you would need far a longe timer than I ran my smoker for. The amount of salt produced was small and did not have much of a ‘smoke’ flavor, this could be due to the fact I was smoking fish at the time and used a wood (alder) that produces a mild smoke and it was a relatively short period . If I try it again it will be something like brisket that needs a heavier flavor and would run for several hours.

        • Thanks for the results of the experiment. I can see how brisket might work better. But knowing that it doesn’t work perfectly with fish is worth knowing!

  2. Gail Frank says:

    Wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your informative & interesting article, Three Generations of Oysters. It concisely presented a peek at a type of farming most of us know nothing about, and that’s always good. You and Kevin are doing a great job, while getting to work at something you love. I’m happy for you.

  3. Dr. Salma ST. John says:

    Ms. Haspel,

    I read your article about the GO debate, and I am greatly disappointed to see that you are ignoring one HARD FACT: the animals that are given GMO are PLAGUED with fatal diseases or died! Thereare no ifs or buts about that. Is this fact good enough to sway your opinion and others who muddy the issue? The BIG EVIL companies that BENEFIT from promoting GMO and use of Roundup do it for the billions of dollars that they harvest from it. Many countries that have carefully studied the horrible effects of GMO already banned GMO. There are billions of people who try to stop GMO that has already ruined our food resources and our environment, but they get defeated by the lobbyists of the BIG Evil who has now monopoly on seeds for the purpose of control and financial gains. Please, DO NOT try to muddy the water and confuse people with your not very well researched thoughts and opinions.

    • Oy. Is it the Seralini study you refer to? Or perhaps the Carman study? And the WHO, the AMA, the NAS, are they bad at research too?

      Keep it civil, please.

  4. Are you confident enough in the safety of glyphosate to eat close to 100% of your diet made up of the foods highest in glyphosate, say for 60 days?

  5. Hi there! I know this is kinda off topic however I’d figured I’d ask.

    Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe gues writing a blog article or vice-versa?
    My website goes over a lot of tthe same topics as
    yours annd I feel we could greatly benefit from each other.

    If you are interested feel free tto shoot me aan email.

    I look forward to hearing from you! Excellent blog by the way!

  6. I inadvertently have been getting notice of comments to your post on washing collards in the washing machine for 2 years now. I love them. Question, If you washed the collards on hot and maybe a little less gently would the machine parboil and shred them for you as well as wash them?

    I have no idea where this ‘post’ will land. Probably on something unrelated. It would be a favor if you will move it where it belongs. Keep up the good work.

  7. Hi Tamar!

    I just discovered and have been having a ball reading your blog! I’m a crazy homeschooler and love to try all sorts of novel things with my children. A few years back we made acorn flour. We used acorns from our neighbor’s pin oak. They are tiny and VERY tannic (I was jealous of those big white oak acorns you had). But I was able to turn them into wonderful flour. I think what you need to do is grind them BEFORE you soak them. I used the flour to make pancakes. I believe I mixed the acorn flour with 50% regular flour. You should really try again if you haven’t! The toilet idea is genius! I just kept it in a jug on the kitchen counter and would change the water when I wandered by.

    • Hi Hayley! Thanks for getting in touch — and for the acorn flour suggestion. Grinding first makes a lot of sense, and if I should steel myself to make acorn flour every again, I will definitely follow your lead. You’re not the only one who has had good results, so maybe, just maybe, if the white oaks are generous this year …

  8. Hi Tamar,

    I just read your “Small vs. large” article in the WaPo and found it so refreshing. It’s easy for me to get really discouraged by the majority of writing about farms, food, land use, foodsheds, and what the best version of them looks like. There’s such a lack of critical thinking and an incredible upper-middle-class white person dogma that pervades so much of the local-organic-nonGMO-small farm rhetoric.

    I spend a lot of time thinking about this, and even writing about it, but have not been nearly as successful as you at breaking it down into something so digestible. So: thank you.


  9. Whoops, and I definitely thought this was the contact form, which doesn’t seem to be working at the top of the page 🙂 Feel free to respond via email.


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