Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Fermenting Revolution

This weekend, some of our neighbors put on a backyard show. Rather than being a circus or a community play, it was a fermentation festival--complete with tastings and demonstrations.

fermentation festival

The "fermaments" were incredible--crisp and flavorful (unlike the mushy fermented vegetables that came out of my first attempt at making sauerkraut).

"fermaments"

Not everyone realizes that homebrewing is the same basic process--but thank goodness it is, because that fact let us have beer with our sauerkraut:

homebrew

There were other beverages, including pomegranate kefir, coconut water kefir, kombucha, and even a demonstration of making sake:

making sake

This is definitely on our to-try list, along with making mead.

My favorite demonstration was of speed-slicing cabbage using a kraut board and a protective kitchen glove (filled with metal meshing to prevent cuts):

sauerkraut 2

and then smooshing that cabbage for ten minutes to make sauerkraut:

sauerkraut 1

The lovely, sharp taste of the crunchy vegetables--along with the fabulous company-- made this an inspiring afternoon.

1 comment:

Marie-Jolie said...

Mmmm... I love sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha and many of the goodies you mentioned. Looks like a very fun and interesting endeavor (though I've never tried to make a single one of them myself). :) Have a great day!

Marie Greene
from Permission to Unwind
http://permissiontounwind.blogspot.com

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