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TAG : fermentation

The 3 Steps of Distilling Alcohol

Many people mistake the distilling process as the “alcohol creation” process. Rather, it is the process in which a chemical, in this case ethanol alcohol, is removed from another chemical. The process is centuries old, and is used in a myriad of applications from alcohol distillation to ...

Water Kefir: a Delicious Probiotic Beverage

 This time of year our family likes to bulk up on probiotics. With cold and flu season underway, we’ve been taking a proactive approach by upping our fermentation game through our diet. By eating a variety of fermented foods, we’re increasing our probiotics, this way we don’t have to ...

Live Culture Celebration

Photo by Todd PerscheI’m very curious by nature, and to my delight, I landed in the perfect spot last October when I headed out to Reedsburg, Wisconsin, for Fermentation Fest 2019. Nestled in a geological wonderland known as “the Driftless Area,” this festival showcases a unique ...

The Great Molasses Flood: A Crisis of Fermentation?

  Shutterstock/Halil ibrahim mesciogluIt’s one of the strangest disasters in history, a story so far-fetched it seems like a fantasy. But for those unfortunate enough to witness it firsthand, the sticky flood of sweetener that swamped Boston’s oldest streets was far from fictional. In the ...

Fish Garum Recipe and a Note on Waste

 Given the amount of trimmings or discarded bones are variable to each fish, we have written this recipe to represent percentages needed to produce any amount that you have. Up to 60 per cent has always been considered the loss of a round fish. Once the fillets are removed, even from 1 or 2 ...

Simple Fermented Bok Choy Recipe

 This method of fermentation has been used for centuries. You can use it with any vegetable and it will keep for months — but I prefer the pickle fairly fresh, at about 4-6 days old. I have loosely based this recipe on the Nepalese version; try it in a vegie burger with some grilled ...

Weralu Achcharu (Olive Pickles) Recipe

Photo from Adobe Stock/olindanaSold as a snack by the roadside and by beach vendors all over Sri Lanka, these olives have a great flavour and texture — and once you’ve eaten one, you keep going back for more. They also make a great chaser for a beer or a glass of coconut arrack.Region: Sri ...

Mesu (Fermented Bamboo Shoots) Recipe

Photo from Adobe Stock/Successo imagesThe use of mesu as a pickle and as the base of curries is a long tradition in the hills of Darjeeling and the state of Sikkim in north-east India. Made with fermented bamboo shoots, this very popular pickle has a tangy and sour taste that is hard to ...

Gundruk (Spicy Fermented Vegetables) Recipe

 This is Nepal’s kimchi, made with the vegetables from the summer harvest and kept as a staple through the colder months. It is also sometimes made into a curry, but this pickle makes a great accompaniment to dhal and rice and adds a tang to your meals. You can also serve it alongside some ...

Saving Tomato Seeds

 Photo from Adobe Stock/supamasTo say that "our family loves tomatoes" is an understatement. We love to can, dry, freeze them; eat them in sauces, on pasta, salads, and especially eat the fabulously simple tomato sandwich. Tomatoes make everything taste great. It is crazy think that these ...

Fermentation

Inspiration for edible alchemy.