Keep Calm, It’s Only Kahm Yeast!

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One of the most distressing parts of vegetable fermentation is when one goes bad. There are no mysteries in this case, though people often ask how they can know for sure that a ferment is okay to eat. In my experience, you will know. It will stink like you wouldn’t believe and often has various colors that should definitely not exist in that ferment.

If those things do not exist – the stench and funny colors – then what you might be seeing on the surface of your vegetable ferment is a harmless yeast called kahm. This is often indicative of things that could have gone better, but is certainly not poisonous or harmful. I actually have no idea whether kahm rhymes with calm, but in either case kahm yeast is nothing to freak out about. Here’s a peek at what it looks like.

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Shannon

Shannon is a mama to four small children, homesteader, freelance writer, and picture-taker. She lives with her husband on their off-grid homestead where they make and eat kefir, kombucha, sourdough, and fermented vegetables.

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Cold Borscht with Kefir

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There is a hot borscht soup originating from Europe that contains beets as well as hearty chunks of beef and beef bone broth. It is often served topped with sour cream and dill.

This cold borscht, perhaps of Lithuanian origin, is less well known in North America, but has many of the same lovely colors and flavors as the hot beef borscht…. 

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Shannon

Shannon is a mama to four small children, homesteader, freelance writer, and picture-taker. She lives with her husband on their off-grid homestead where they make and eat kefir, kombucha, sourdough, and fermented vegetables.

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What’s New at CFH: Save 25% on Sourdough Starter & 3 New Articles

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This week you can save 25% on Sourdough Starter.  We also have some new recipes including Lacto-fermented Peach Salsa and Banana Pecan Buttermilk Pancakes!

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Shannon

Shannon is a mama to four small children, homesteader, freelance writer, and picture-taker. She lives with her husband on their off-grid homestead where they make and eat kefir, kombucha, sourdough, and fermented vegetables.

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