13 hours ago
So a few people, on trade and off, have asked me how I went about making my Bread 'n' Butter Cordial for the @slanewhiskey SuSlaneability competition, and I figure that if I make this information open and share how, then it's possible more good can be done regarding zero waste. Even if one other person has a go, it's a worthwhile project to tackle food waste! So... 1) Gather stale bread from Baker's, cafés, shops etc (if you ask if there's anything that foodbanks didn't want or need, they'll tend to give it for a very reduced rate. See if you can find a variety of different breads. Heavily toast the bread until almost burnt, then masserate in water for 4 hours (One and a half litres to One large loaf, obviously adjust depending on size). 2) After 4 Hours, fine strain your bread infused water and make sure to squeeze everything from the bread pulp. I gave the left over bread pulp to a local farm and a friend who owns pigs, for food and compost! Then, after straining, add the liquid to a pan a litre and a half at a time, bring to a boil, kill the heat to a low/medium simmer and begin to take out any scum/froth/skin that forms. Reduce to a 1/3 or until a deep nutty brown.
3) For every 300ml of your now syrup like bread reduction, add 300ml of Tea (I used spent teabags to brew the tea), 70ml Citric acid 1:10 (To avoid citrus overuse), 15 Dashes of Teapot Bitters and 200ml of locally sourced milk. Let curdle and treat as milk punch. Strain through curds until clarified (it won't ever be crystal clear due to the bread, but you will still achieve good results). 4) Fat wash half of your punch with locally sourced butter (1 part butter to three parts mixture). Leave for 4 hours, set and then strain/filter. (I gave my left over butter to the kitchen for finishing Roast Potatoes this Sunday, they're awesome). 5) Add your fat washed punch to the other half. Filter again. Adjust the mixture with local sea salt (if possible) and acid until bright, rich, but not too acidic. Batch to 50ml of Slane, to 60ml Cordial, to 10ml of water and fridge to avoid water wastage.
Thanks for reading, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch if you fancy making this!