Can tap water be de-cholorinated for fermentation?

I have been told over and over again that you have to let your water sit out on the counter for 24 hours before using it for fermentation, because of concerns about chlorine in the water killing off beneficial bacteria. I was curious about this method, which comes from the idea that chlorine is a gas and will evaporate over time.

Water is our most important resource

Water is life. This means we don’t want crude oil pipelines running through sacred land. All land is sacred in some way, and those pipelines leak and burst and contaminate groundwater forever. No amount of Dawn can clean the earth after massive pipeline failures. Entire biomes die.  Building pipelines disregards sovereign tribal lands and the health of our environment.

Flint, Michigan, after four years, still does not have clean, lead-free water. One of the basic responsibilities of a municipality is to provide clean water to its residents. This crisis was caused by a scheme to cut costs, incompetence, and a cover up that has lead to widespread illness and deaths. The city recently stopped giving residents free bottled water to mitigate this disaster, further disenfranchising low income people.

In Minneapolis, we get all of our drinking water from the Mississippi River. Agriculture, industry, and urban runoff all drain into our River. When we throw down cigarette butts, don’t pick up our dog waste, don’t gather our leaves, fertilize our lawns with pollinator-killing pesticides… It all goes into the river we drink from and the lakes we swim in. Water quality is much worse for people in New Orleans and further down the Mississippi.

Keeping our water clean and accessible is extremely important

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Support Local Hustle: Backyard BIPOC Pop Up Sale

#SupportLocalHustle

Our next Support Local Hustle: BIPOC pop up will feature visual art, pastries, pickles, and a plant sale! It will be held near Powderhorn Park.

Backyard near the SW corner of Powderhorn Park, 34th 1/2 St & 11th Ave S– Follow the signs!

Sunday, May 6, 2-6pm

RSVP to our Facebook event

This event is free, cash only, and open to all folks who would like to contribute to a respectful space explicitly against sexism, transphobia, and racism.

There will have a place to hang out, drink beverages, and eat snacks. BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Vendors will be selling their art, baked goods, pickles, and jewelry, among other treasures. Goods are $1-$20. Continue reading “Support Local Hustle: Backyard BIPOC Pop Up Sale”

2018 Pickle Witch Community Supported Fermentation (CSF)

Pickle Witch is fermenting, preserving, and curing foods in a Minneapolis kitchen. All of my fermented pickles are vegan and gluten-free, in addition to being delicious and packed with healthy, live probiotics. I use the best possible produce and ingredients, make food in small batches with a touch of magic, and use sustainable packaging.

All of these products make great gifts!

Join the Pickle Witch CSF to get a jar of ferments every month!

Since the 80s people have been supporting the local organic food movement through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). By buying “shares” of a farmer’s produce before their crops go in the ground, consumers guarantee the farmers have the cash to live and plant, and share in the financial risk and reward of the uncertainties (drought! bugs! the unknown!) of farming without farmers being reliant on financial institutions. Learn more about CSA.

This isn’t a CSA, where you are buying shares to support a farmer and buck the industrialization of agriculture. This is a CSF!  Read the end of this post for more on how this model is supporting me and people like me.

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April 17 Pickle Party!

This is a celebration to welcome spring, and to announce my new pickle subscription! I’m really excited to be partnering with some friends to have an afternoon of snacks and hangs in a cozy space!

SNOW DAY RESCHEDULE:

Tuesday, April 17, 5-9p
Modus Locus, 3500 Bloomington Ave

Tuesday, April 17, 5-9pm

Dulceria Bakery (artisan Mexican pastries- gf/v options), Red Wheat, (breads and crackers- v options), and Pickle Witch (fermented pickles- gf/v) will be selling our wares at Modus Locus Gallery (3500 Bloomington Ave).

Buy things from your favorite vendors! Win prizes! Eat pickle snacks!

Entrance to this event at Modus Locus is free!

Buy Raffle Tickets for $5, and bid on a prize. Buy a wristband for $10 and gain access to yummy pickle snacks in this pop up space. (CASH only!)

You don’t need a ticket/wristband to purchase from vendors.

The gallery is served by bus route 14, there is plenty of bike parking available, and on-street car parking. The nearest ATM is at Sam’s Market, across the street.

3/25 Pickle Workshop FAQ

I’m hosting another hands-on pickle workshop! We are going to prep some delicious veggies for fermentation together, and make a spicy (to your individual taste) kimchi-inspired ferment.

Sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/BGFjuuNG73LG4UcD2

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/172846266682620/

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where/When is the workshop?
  • How do I sign up?
  • What should I expect?
  • What will I come home with?
  • What am I responsible for bringing?
  • How much does this cost?
  • What do I do if I have more questions?
  • Who is the Pickle Witch?

Where/When is the workshop?

Sunday, March 25, 10:30-12:30p
Wedge Table: 2412 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
This is a wheelchair accessible location.

How do I sign up?

  1. Fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/BGFjuuNG73LG4UcD2
  2. Make a payment

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Support Local Hustle: February BIPOC Pop up

#SupportLocalHustle

Our next Support Local Hustle: BIPOC pop up will be held at

Jourdain Room: 511 Franklin Ave S

Sunday, February 11, 12-7pm

RSVP to our Facebook event

Please join us and support local BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists, bakers, creatives, and makers at this warm and inviting pop up!

This event is free, cash only, and open to all folks who would like to contribute to a respectful space explicitly against sexism, transphobia, and racism.

Vendors will be selling their art, baked goods, pickles, and jewelry, among other treasures. Goods are mostly $1-$40.

If you would like to donate at the door, we will be raising money for Cafe Southside, a local safer space for queer and trans folks in South Minneapolis.

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Fire Cider for Health and Wellness

Boost your immune system!

Flu and sickness season has descended upon us. It seems as though the flu is manifesting itself as an upper respiratory virus this year, and I am seeing my community going down right and left! Besides washing your hands and drinking lots of water, what else can you do to give your body its best chance at warding off illness?

Fire cider and raw honey.

I am offering 16 oz of fire cider, with the option of a 6 oz container of grade A, local, raw honey. Everything you need to help your body combat illness! See my Available Ferments, and email me or come to an event to purchase this combo.

What is fire cider?

“Fire cider” is a bunch of good stuff, steeped in organic apple cider vinegar. It’s a warming tonic, a home remedy, that boosts your immune system and has anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, antibacterial, and anti-oxidant properties. And it tastes good!

Why are you selling honey with the fire cider?

Some brands put honey in the tonic, but I know that everyone likes a different level of sweetness, and some of you don’t do honey as a part of a commitment to cruelty free ethics. So I offer #sidehoney.

This honey is extremely local, and very special. Beez Kneez is a woman-owned business in Minneapolis that does amazing work to educate and advocate for pollinators. They extract their honey using bicycles, deliver their honey by bike, and even bike deliver to your home! They are committed to raw honey- no heat/pasteurization is used, which means more natural goodness for us.

This honey is “zip sourced” in the 55406, thanks to hive host Ghandi Mahal- a Minneapolis restaurant with amazing food, first closed-loop aquaponics system ever installed in a Minnesota restaurant, very supportive of urban agriculture. This is all made possible by Beez Kneez partnering with different urban institutions to host bees, teach, and advocate for the health of our pollinator friends. Continue reading “Fire Cider for Health and Wellness”

“1000-Year-Old Ghosts”

Illustration for Hyphen Magazine by Japanese American artist Mori Walts

I just listened to an illuminating reading of “1000-Year-Old Ghosts,” a short story written by Asian American author Laura Chow Reeves. Levar Burton and his golden voice narrated this story on his “Reading Rainbow for adults” podcast, “Levar Burton Reads.” You can find this story in PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2017 anthology or read it online at Hyphen Magazine.

This story meant so much to me personally. It’s beautiful, it’s haunting, and confronts so many things relating to memory, family, matriarchy, loss, and… pickles.

For June, we present an original short story by Laura Chow Reeve, about three generations of women who wrestle with their memories in a unique way — by pickling them. We love the magical realism of the story, with rich imagery that elicits all senses, and a weight that we think many people can relate to.

— Karissa Chen, Fiction & Poetry Editor at Hyphen Magazine

“Anne, grab me the measuring cups,” she said one afternoon.

“Popo,” I said. “I’m Katie. Anne was my mother.” Her eyebrows furrowed. She moved around me and grabbed the measuring cups for herself. The symptoms my mother had witnessed in Popo years before had only gotten worse. She was shriveling.

“Please stop. This is making you sick,” I said. She continued to measure and chop; she licked her index finger, dipped it into a bowl of salt in front of her, and then popped it back in her mouth to taste. I wanted to imitate her, feel the small grains on my own tongue, but I stopped myself.

Looking forward to 2018

On this night, January 1, first of two full moon this month, I want to look back on 2017 and forward towards 2018.

Thank you for supporting Pickle Witch in 2017!

I quit my day job, legitimized my pickle business in the eyes of the state, participated in four #SupportLocalHustle pop ups ( and organized three of them), met TONS of new queer, trans, BIPOC friends, wrote about the unbearable whiteness of craft fairs and about alternative models, am able to serve 22 people with my pilot pickle subscription (CSF- community supported fermentation), had my first farmers market vending experience.

All while taking locally grown, chemical-free produce and making delicious fermented pickles, here on occupied Dakota territory.

Looking ahead to 2018
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Demand Better: more inclusive craft markets

It’s that time of year- Craft markets

It seems like there are craft markets continuously during this time of year. I love to see people showing off their handiwork, and being compensated for their time and talents. This season could be a magical time, but unfortunately not every craft market makes space for all of us to succeed.

Some of these markets have expensive vendor fees, don’t advertise to our communities, and don’t offer an affordable range of products. Those are a few reasons why some of these spaces are full of white vendors and white customers. Walking into these spaces makes my heart drop, my face flush. “I don’t belong here. I am not safe here.”

But it doesn’t have to feel like this. BIPOC makers and vendors exist. My inbox is brimming with their interest in #SupportLocalHustle!

Demand better

My plea to you is to demand better. Demand markets and spaces that reflect the universe of talented people creating and making in Minneapolis. Please think about BIPOC, queer, trans, gender non conforming, disabled, low income, fat, femme, and folks with hxstorically marginalized identities and experiences.  Continue reading “Demand Better: more inclusive craft markets”