Peripatetic philomaths…focusing on what's really important, eating ethically and cleanly, fermenting, foraging/wildcrafting, practicing herbalism, and being responsible stewards of our land. Sharing our photos, musings, and learnings. Still seeking our tribe.
My water kefir grains are happy. I know this because they’ve been multiplying enthusiastically. Almost too enthusiastically…but I appreciate the work they do to transform fresh-cut pineapple (arguably the byproduct of pineapple peel wine!) into refreshing probiotic soda.
A couple of months ago, I made a batch of pineapple peel wine and added a yeast slurry that just didn’t seem to take off. It had been refrigerated, slowing the activity. Sometimes, sluggish yeast never really takes off, so I grabbed a fresh container of slurry from the shelf and pitched it in. Then I realized that it wasn’t actually wine yeast…it was bread kvas yeast!
When it’s time to cut up ripe pineapples, I know exactly what to do with the peels (rinds) and cores: make wine! What’s better than a sensational wine from food “waste”? And don’t forget about pineapple’s health benefits, including impressive antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Ah, Tepache…so sultry, so tropical, so refreshing. It’s a wild-fermented beverage made from the “waste” parts of a pineapple – the rind and cores – and astonishingly enjoyable. We’re big Tepache fans, so, naturally, making a Tepache wine seemed the next logical step.