When asked to host a fermentation demo for Suzie’s Farm‘s 2013 Strawberry Jam here in San Diego, I had to think about all the ways strawberries are preserved. The most obvious is, well, preserves. Since that does not involve fermentation, that … Read more
I did an experiment to see if Brussels Sprouts (a close cousin to Napa and green cabbage) would make a good kimchi. Not surprising, it does! At first I quartered the sprouts. I was concerned that there would not be … Read more
Sauerkraut is a fermented cabbage dish. In its simplest form, it is just cabbage and salt. But you can add other vegetables (or fruits) as well as your own seasonings. A traditional German preparation uses caraway seeds and juniper berries. … Read more
I admit that I had been reluctant to get into the world of fermented meats. After all, animals are more complex, what with their locomotion, protein-based muscles and specialized organs. Not like those simple cellulose and carbohydrate plants. And more … Read more
A spicy and relatively short ferment, kimchi offers an unlimited canvas on which to paint different flavors. Use any crunchy fresh vegetable. Or tweak the paste by varying the amount of ginger, garlic, fish sauce, and red peppers (or by … Read more
Kombucha is a fermented tea drink that probably originated in ancient China. The active culture is called a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast), also known as a “mother” or a “mushroom” (although it is not actually a mushroom … Read more
Recipe: Fermented Ketchup Summary: Delicious and homemade, fermented ketchup provides another way to take in probiotics, while at the same time eliminating another HFCS*-laden food from your diet.
Recipe: One-Jar Fermented Salsa Summary: Why not try a probiotic spin on America’s favorite condiment? Fermenting salsa gives it a tangy taste and a bubbly mouth feel.
Recipe: Peach Mango Chutney Summary: A fun fermented way to turn the sweet fruits of summer into a savory condiment!
Recipe: Sour Beets Summary: I was at the farmers’ market here in San Diego yesterday, and noticed the beets have gotten smaller. Soon they’ll be gone altogether for the summer and fall. This recipe offers a fine way to keep … Read more