Note from Shannon: Please welcome Suzanne, CFH Customer Service Rep & cultured kitchen-keeper, as she shares her culturing experiences from the Green Festival in Chicago.
I just returned home from Chicago, where Cultures for Health presented products and shared culturing know-how in our booth at the Green Festival, held at Navy Pier.
While we met with lots of interest in making kombucha, yogurt and other cultured foods at home, the theme of the weekend seemed to be cultured vegetables. This should come as no surprise, considering Chicago’s rich history of European immigration.
I was excited to demonstrate the basics of culturing vegetables to a small audience on Saturday afternoon. My presentation on how to culture any vegetable from carrot sticks to sauerkraut was met with enthusiasm. Afterwards, several people stopped by our booth, where we all connected over stories of 20-gallon vats of sauerkraut, Polish grandmas and German culinary adventures.
The weekend continued to develop, when Jerri and I discovered a local flea market early Sunday morning, before the Festival opened. As we explored the booths in the market, we came upon a box of old kitchen utensils, including this wonderful kraut-pounder (or food crammer, as it was labeled!).
Somehow, the discovery of this treasure made the weekend complete.
Thanks to all who shared family stories and recipes with us. And good luck to those of you who are encouraged by those shared memories to get started on your own journey of cultured foods.