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  1. Herbal Bitters & Medicinal Tinctures 5/14/16

    April 2, 2016 by Gaea

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    One drop brings a universe of flavor into your world.

    “Bitters” are infusions of herbs, roots, flowers, and barks in alcohol used to add flavor and help stimulate digestion – used as aperitifs, in cocktails, in water, or taken drop by drop medicinally. Flavorful bitters can be a double whammy ; find out how a delicious addition to a cocktail can pack a medicinal punch! In this class with Andrea of Edible Alchemy, learn how to make tinctures & infusions with alcohol or vinegar bases out of local and global plants. Learn the basics of flavor blending & taste a few Edible Alchemy blends to pick apart how flavors meld together to satisfy all aspects of the tongue. We’ll craft a cocktail punch together with EA bitters & sip on it while everyone creates their own blends from pre-infused ‘simples’ (one herb infusions) to take home.

    Then, leave to share your knowledge of bitters round tables all over & start your own herbal bitter kitchen apothecary!

    Provided: ingredients to craft 1 herbal tincture, a dropper bottle to put it in, and samples of our own proprietary blends + an info sheet with a few basic recipes to take home.
    Edible Alchemy loves to upcycle bottles – please bring clean bottles with lids of any size and shape for us to repurpose!

    Saturday May 14th  1-2:45pm
    @ Eco Collective 2042 W 21st Street, Chicago
    $35  Register here!

     


     


  2. Creative Kimchi 4/2 and 4/16

    March 10, 2016 by Gaea

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    Ferment for health!  Ferment for taste!  Ferment for radical self-sustainability!

    Kimchi is a traditional Korean ferment, a side dish famously eaten on… well, everything. It can be spicy, sweet, garlic-y, red hot, salty, spiced, or any combination of the above. It’s guaranteed to be mouthwatering, however you flavor it.

    Traditional ingredients include napa cabbage, cucumber, radish, green onion, garlic and ginger, though most vegetables and fruits can be used. The creation then goes through a fermentation process where microbes transform the mix of spices and vegetables into a flavor-loaded, vitamin-packed, super-good-for-you condiment or side dish. This process takes one to three weeks, exercising your patience. Rest assured, the wait is well worth it.

    In this class, we will experiment with a variety of traditional and non-traditional vegetables and spices to create your very own recipe in class. As much produce as possible will be sourced by Edible Alchemy Foods Co-op from local area farmers using sustainable means of agriculture. Other produce used will be organic. We’ll sample a few varieties of kimchi during the class, to help inspire.

    Bring home your own kimchi creation, with instructions on how to continue the fermentation process, and a whole bunch of ideas of how to eat your kimchi once finished!

    april 2, 2016 1-3pm

    april 16, 2016 1-3pm

    $30   (email ediblealchemy@gmail.com to reserve your spot)

    Eco Collective: 2042 W 21st Street, Chicago

    instructor: Andrea Mattson-McGaffey

    instructor bio:Andrea manages Edible Alchemy Foods Co-operative, a locally & sustainably-focused produce & bulk co-operative. She is quite the fermento- judging Chicago’s Good Food Festival’s Kimchi Challenge in March 2013 and teaching fermentation classes all over the windy city. She also manages the Eco Rooftop garden, teaching workshops to students of all ages. Her passion for food began while studying art at the Art Institute of Chicago, and extended into creating a structure that allows people to learn skills like gardening, composting, cooking, preserving food & using medicinal herbs while developing community bonds with all who cross her path.

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  3. DIY Bodycare Holiday Gifts Class

    October 24, 2015 by Gaea

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    DIY Body Care GIFTS Class

    Saturday Dec 5th 11-1:00pm
    Wednesday Dec 9th 6-8:30pm
    Join Andrea in making gifts for those you love for the Holidays (or just for yourself, because you’re awesome). This class will send you home with nicely packaged homemade gifts ready to give to check a few off your holiday giving list. Andrea will help and instruct in the creation of her favorite beauty and body products & recipes will be provided for you to re-create these gifts again.
    All ingredients & containers will be provided. Please bring a snack or drink to share!
    $60
    (+$40 if you’d like to create a double batch)
    you’ll create & take home:
    2 lavender deodorants (4oz)
    2 rosemary dream clay scrubs (2oz)
    2 healing hand and foot balms (2oz)
    2 nourishing eye creams (1oz)
    all the gifts valued at $60 themselves when bought retail.

     

     


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