Anyway, I now own a Harsch crock, it's around 1.5 or so gallons, perfect for us!
I know a crock is not necessary, but I'm excited to get started! I think its ginger carrots first, but I want to do a fruit we can eat with breakfast--which turns out the sweetest? I love the sour taste of fermented foods, but I still have trouble with too tart at breakfast!
I'm new to fermenting. Just made my third batch of sauerkraut, and I have some pickled garlic in the fridge from months ago. The garlic tasted VILE the first time we tried it - SO strong and bitey. DH and our flatmate were nearly in tears gagging from it. I tried it again very cautiously a week or so ago, and it was mellower in tiny slivers, but I did have a cold, so maybe I just didn't get the full impact. In any case, I think it needs longer.
Our first batch of sauerkraut took MONTHS of neglecting before it changed from tasting like vaguely dank cabbage to tasting krauty... and our second batch, with purple cabbage, ain't there yet. I'm only making the third so we won't run out once the purple stuff gets yummy.
Is it normal for fermented stuff to mature so slowly? Is my initial fermentation too short? I don't use whey, just salt. It's been winter, and it's heating up now - and I've noticed my sourdough mixture becoming more active - will my ferments get going faster in the summer?
Thanks! I do enjoy fermenting, I just wish it wasn't such a drawn-out process!
If decomposition persists please see your necromancer.
Making a new batch before the old one runs out is a good idea.
ok-- I have a question:
I have several jars of LF veggies, some were great, some tasted off and got pitched. We just use salt water a la wild fermentation author's guidelines.
I have a half gallon of pickled okra w crushed garlic (our last precious okra of the season from our garden) pickling away, BUT it got a LOT of white/ pink/ pale yellow mold on it. I wiped it away, but I don't skim it daily
The okra has some mold settled on it. All the okra are under the brine. Is it ok to just skim it and eat? Is it good? Is it bad? (ok that was a lot of questions). Please help! The brine also looks mostly clear w little blobs of white in it (is it garlic bits? is it mold bits?) We tasted it and it has the LF twang, but tastes good and pickledy.
tia for any answers c:
In fact they are almost gone now :-) Thank you all for the help - I really appreciate it!
Moral of this story: you can ferment again.
I am new to fermented foods but just recently purchased grains for milk kefir and a scoby for kombucha...
I would really like to make the ginger carrots and pickled garlic tomorrow... We are huge garlic fans and once it is fermented is this something that you can use in any dish you make??
I definitely agree that temperature affects ferments a great deal.. in the summer here, I can have a ferment done in 3 days (for kraut). In the winter, a week or more. Whey seems to speed along the process, as does adding old juices.
I make ketchup (sometimes), kraut, fermented brussel sprouts, and dilly carrots. I have my first ever apple cider vinegar going right now and ditto on hard cider. I have made gingerale, but used store bought yeast which I'd like to try without if anyone has ideas how!
I'd try the gingerale using this method, I think it'd work great. Or, you could use whey - put half a cup of freshly drained whey into a 32oz wire bail bottle, fill with ginger tea and cap - let sit a day or two and it will get fizzy. You can do this with any tea or juice you like. Put a towel over the top when you open it, it can be like popping the cork on a bottle of champagne! If it isn't fizzy, add some more whey and let sit another day.
I aspire to try a fruit soda recipe... we have some ginger ale in the cabinet now. We took one out after 4 days to try it and while it tasted DELISH, it wasn't fizzy. The others have been in their for an additional 5 days so we're due to try them soon. Tried making beet kvass too- not really super bueno. Not fizzy at all and I'm not really crazy about the flavor. I like beets but this is just blech. I REALLY want to love it- so I'm trying another batch. Kombucha never fails us!
I've made a few batches of LF kraut with decent results... after reading this thread I realize that I needed to ferment them longer! They were nowhere near complete. Somewhat tangy but still had that raw cabbagey flavor. I gobbled it up each time but the last batch turned me off and I haven't been eating it. I've been craving the Bubbies kind- I need to make another batch and let it sit longer.
The garlic sounds amazing. I really want to try a killer pickle recipe too. Oh, and LF salsa is on the list this summer!! My mouth is watering now.
Just remember this very old wise tale , Never try canning while Mother Nature is on ya !
it will ruin ALL of your canning . I did test this ! and ruined all my sauerkraut and tomato juice !
So never let any females NEAR your home during your canning ............... and if you have daughters in their Mother Natures month , let them go to a friends home while you are canning !
Fermented means PICKELING your feggies !