Moving Into the Summer Season of Fermentation

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It’s starting to warm up here in Central Texas; so many changes happen at this time of year. We are hoping to soon plant beans, squash, melons, and sunflowers along with other heat-loving crops. The wood stove isn’t being used and now holds jars full of wildflowers picked by my blue bonnet-loving five year old.

Things in the kitchen are changing as well. The door of our cabin, which leads directly to the small kitchen, is usually swung wide open for much of the day. I’m trying to use the oven less and less, while making stove-top meals, solar oven meals, or cold meals more often. And, of course, the ferments I work with change as well.

I tend to pick up a few different ferments in the summer than I do in the winter. Likewise, I drop a couple of ferments for one reason or another – usually having to do with the heat. This shift has quite a few reasons, and benefits and today I thought I’d share them with you.

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Weekly Cultured Gathering: November 16

Welcome to the Weekly Cultured Gathering! We’re here to share and celebrate our adventures in food fermentation. From recipes to tips & tricks to food preservation – cultured foods are as old as food itself. Maybe you eat cultured food because of the health benefits. Maybe you make it for the art and science involved…. 

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Weekly Cultured Food Roundup: November 15

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Every week we’re going to bring you the best of the week in posts from right here at the CFH blog, news you can use from the CFH site, and new recipes and products you might be interested in. Let’s start with some awesome new content you can find at the CFH site including recipes,… 

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The Role of Cultured Foods in a Sustainable Food System: Introduction

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Branching off from our series on ancestral fermentation, I thought I’d start a series on how exactly cultured foods play an integral role in a truly sustainable food system. But first, I think it’s important that we address what a sustainable food system looks like, and how the current food system is broken. Anyone who… 

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Cranberry Smoothie

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This smoothie is perfect for this time of year. It’s not too cold out for smoothies yet, but it’s also a great time to find cranberries and use this unusual berry for something nutritious. Adapt this recipe in any way you like. A bit of orange juice or zest would be welcome, as would a… 

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