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: April 5

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Last week Colleen said, “Lacto-fermented radishes and kombucha. I always have kombucha going because I love it so much. This is my first try with the radishes and they seem a little too salty but I’ll eat them anyway.”

What’s New at CFH: Save 10% on Yogurt Makers & 5 New Cheesemaking Articles

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My (new) Favorite Piece of Vegetable Fermentation Equipment

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I’m a simple, back-to-basics kind of gal, especially when it comes to fermenting vegetables. From the get-go, I have always fermented in canning jars with zero extra equipment. Pints, quarts, half-gallons, all of them have held a traditionally pickled vegetable in one form or another. In the five plus years that I have been doing… 

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Lacto-fermented Olive Oil Mayonnaise

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Many people love mayonnaise on sandwiches, in salads, and as a delicious condiment to freshly steamed vegetables. But most commercial mayonnaise is made with processed vegetable oils. Using an unrefined olive oil is a great alternative. To preserve the mayonnaise for better keeping and add enzymes, try this lacto-fermented recipe.