Milk Crafting, Bacon Curing & Vino

Apr 1, 2013
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The Institute of Domestic Technology may have the strangest of names, but the courses they offer run such the gamut—from learning how to make fresh chevre and curing your own bacon to preserving fruit and making artisanal bread—that your IRA or child’s college fund may have to take a considerable hit so that you may participate in every delicious way.

Milkcrafting, they say, takes little more than store-bought milk and a high-quality cheesecloth. Incredibly, from these two ingredients, Steve Rudicel and Gloria Putnam are going to teach you how to make yogurt, kefir, crème fraiche, paneer, fresh chevre, and traditional whey ricotta.

Materials, extensive tasting, samples, and a “rustic farm” lunch is included in the price of $225. Class will be held Saturday, April 20th, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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Bacon Curing will be taught by Rashida Purifoy, “Los Angeles’ premier bacon-ista.” She will teach the difference between dry and wet curing, and a home smoker will be assembled that can work in a domestic oven. Tastings will include an array of Rashida’s Cast Iron Gourmet bacon, but in addition, “the Institute has a reputation to uphold and that means alcohol infusions. Can you say bacon-infused bourbon?” IDT’s website blurbs make for a lot of fun reading.

Bacon Curing, Smoking & Infusing will be held Sunday, April 28th, 10 a.m.-noon. The 2-hour class costs $95.

Foodcrafting 101 runs through all the main food groups, except veggies (so you know, the really important ones). Students will head home with fresh cheese, bread dough, a jar of fruit preserves, and a container of mustard. This workshop will be held Sunday, April 14th, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and costs $195.

The month of May will bring IDT’s inaugural field trip to the organic farms and biodynamic wineries of Goleta, Santa Ynez, and Los Olivos. The 2-night/2-day tour starts in Solvang and the weekend includes wine tastings and visits to organic farms including an organic olive farm. An outdoor “farm dinner” will be held at Ellwood Canyon Farms. The cost of this weekend is, well, costly, but it includes “farmer swag” so that’s got to be worth it, right?

If registration is completed early, one hundred dollars will be taken off the total cost. The trip begins Friday evening on May 3rd and runs through Sunday afternoon of the 5th. Cost ranges from $1,349 to $1649 depending on single or double occupancy and whether or not the early-bird discount is applied.

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Note: These workshops tend to sell out…

Produce from Ellwood Canyon Farms; photo by Kristi Curtis

Produce from Ellwood Canyon Farms; photo by Kristi Curtis




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