Lacto-Fermented Jalapeno Slices


I remember distinctly the first time I worked with jalapeno peppers in the kitchen. They were the first hot pepper I had ever worked with, and it showed. I got out my trusty cutting board and chef’s knife and set to chopping.

Thirty minutes later I was hunched over the sink, desperately trying to remove the searing heat from my nose which I’d inadvertently brushed with a finger that had come into contact with the heat of the jalapeno. (Dish soap and coconut oil works wonders for hot pepper burns, by the way.)

Besides jalapeno poppers, there aren’t a lot of great ideas for using up a glut of these green spicy guys. When I came into a couple of bagfuls recently, I decided to do what I usually do with just about every thing I have too much of – I fermented them.

And this time, with no gloves in sight, I donned plastic ziploc bags and promptly removed them when done chopping.


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Weekly Cultured Gathering: January 25

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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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What’s New at CFH: Save 10% on a Raw Vegetable Starter & Lots of New Recipes

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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. This week you can save 10% on Caldwell’s Starter Culture for Fresh Vegetables!  Also, check out… 

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A Closer Look: The Perfect Pickler


There are a few schools of thought on vegetable fermentation. There are those who prefer an old-world method of fermenting vegetables in an open crock style, and there are others who prefer the “insurance” of an air-lock system for their pickles. And then, of course, there are many who utilize both methods. No matter what… 

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Kombucha-Marinated Pork Cutlets with Cultured Cream Sauce


There are so many unique ways to utilize the cultured foods we make. Going beyond the bottled fizzy drink, kombucha can be a salad dressing base, a culture starter, or a marinade with its acidic tang. And pork is the perfect meat for such a marinade. This rich and elegant dish is not only grain-free,… 

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