Fermented Food – the Real Beauty of Poland.

sauerkraut barrel5OBH has arrived from holidays in Poland. Being a very supportive and caring OBH, he brought some fantastic material for my blog.

Look at this picture of sauerkraut! Continue reading Fermented Food – the Real Beauty of Poland.

Who is afraid of Kombucha?

who is afraid of KombuchaBeing a huge Kombucha enthusiast, I decided to dedicate a separate post to its health benefits. Because I am striving to be a proper blogger, as you may not have noticed yet, I sat down to conduct the Internet research on the topic. And this made me so confused! Continue reading Who is afraid of Kombucha?

The Secondary Fermentation: Hippie Jargon for “Put Kombucha in a Bottle”

booch on the wall
photo by zerowastechef.com

You can find the instructions how to make the different flavoured Kombuchas in this post by one of my favourite bloggers.
I am reblogging this because I would never ever come out with an idea like elderberry-lavender or rose-cardamon Kombucha myself.

Zero-Waste Chef

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During my fermentation workshops, I give students samples of my various kombucha flavors before I put them to work. They always ask for the recipes so I thought I better get to it and post a bunch.

Before you can flavor kombucha, you must first brew a batch and wait for it to ferment. You can find my kombucha instructions here for the initial fermentation. The only secret to brewing kombucha is hunting down a mother or SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast), which transforms your tea into a delicious, effervescent and probiotic drink. If you have trouble finding a mother, join the very active Wild Fermentation group on Facebook and ask around. The way kombucha mothers reproduce (they have no shame), you may find someone desperate to unload a few layers of SCOBY on you.

runaway mother My mother, Etheldreda, trying to make a run for it

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What I learned from an Irish chef about fermenting?

fermented trout by JP McMahon
Fermented trout, kohlrabi, dehydrated gooseberry by JP McMahon

Two weeks ago, I attended an event called “Wild Fermentation: the culture of live foods”. That was a presentation delivered by JP McMahon, one of the well-known Irish chefs. The presentation was rather fancy, as the title suggests, but still worth writing about on my blog, I think.

Continue reading What I learned from an Irish chef about fermenting?

Żurek – Fermented Rye Flour Soup.

Żurek-Sour Rye Flour SoupŻurek, also called Żur, is a traditional Slavic soup made of fermented rye flour.  There is a similar one called Barszcz Biały and it has never been fully clarified what makes it different from Żurek. Continue reading Żurek – Fermented Rye Flour Soup.