Seeing a shelf full of ferments-in-progress never fails to brighten my day: the colors, the sense of accomplishment, and the anticipation of enjoying the fruits of my labor all play a part. Today, I gaze at the lovely jars of watermelon rind pickles just beginning their transformation and smile.Continue reading “Farm Ferments: No Waste Watermelon Rind “Pickles””
One of my favorite parts of the delicious Vietnamese sandwiches called bánh mì is the pickled veggies: they’re lightly salty, tangy, and sweet, a wonderful combination that complements the other sandwich ingredients perfectly. Also great in other dishes, like bún (vermicelli noodle bowls), this is a versatile condiment to keep on hand.Continue reading “Ferment This: Đồ Chua (Daikon & Carrot Pickles)”
A once-vibrant eggplant sat in the crisper. It was sad to be alone, its companion having already been transformed into delicious keto eggplant rings. What do I do with just one eggplant, and one rapidly succumbing to refrigerator-assisted aging? Preserve it by fermenting it, of course.Continue reading “Farm Ferments: Enlivened Eggplant”
I’m just guessing that there may be some people out there for whom having hands redolent of garlic, fish sauce, and gochugaru (고추가루) would be unappealing…but I actually find it rather pleasant. Why? Because I know it means some delectable variety of kimchi is underway. In a couple of weeks, the nascent kimchi – currently salty and crisp – will be perfectly fermented and full of probiotic goodness.Continue reading “Farm Ferments: Hands-On Kimchi”
It’s been a week, and the lacto-fermented bell peppers are coming right along. I burp them a couple of times a day to release some pressure, and am always happy to see the bubbles rise from the bottom of the jar to join the fizzy head at the top!
This particular recipe uses kombucha vinegar – something I keep a lot of on hand all the time – and it consistently creates a very active ferment. This time, I didn’t fill the jars quite as full…so neither overflowed and made a mess. Restraint pays off! Continue reading “Ferment Update: Bell Peppers”
Do you have bell peppers – maybe slightly shrivelled now – hidden away in your refrigerator’s crisper drawer? Maybe more peppers than you know what to do with? Do what I do: ferment them!
You already know that fermented food is good for people, but did you know that animals can benefit from it, too?
I’m usually not a big fan of purple beets, but they’re the stars of a wonderful lacto-fermented beverage called Beet Kvass…a probiotic purple powerhouse!