Anyone ferment fruit & vegetables?

Discussion in 'suburban75' started by UnderAnOpenSky, Mar 20, 2016.

  1. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    I was listening the food programme in the car and apparently this is making a come back. A good way of preserving seasonal produce as well as being rather good for you.

    Things like Sourkrout & Kimichi are well known about, but it seems you can do just about anything. They even spoke about fermented watermelon! I think I'm going to wonder over to ebay and buy some jars. :)

    My girlfriend has quite a lot of kale and beetroot at the moment. :hmm:

    Ferment, Food Programme - BBC Radio 4
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  2. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    Hmm. Jars are more expensive then I thought. Can anyone recommend some cheap ones?
  3. Cid

    Cid 慢慢走

    Sandor Katz is the go-to authority on this kind of fermentation. Wild fermentation is his classic text, I see he's also just published a new one. Wild fermentation meaning using yeasts/bacteria picked up from the air rather than introduced cultures.
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  4. Cid

    Cid 慢慢走

    Get a flatmate who eats lots of things that come in jars.
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  5. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    Yeah for simplicities sake, just using brine seems to easiest way, but am still reading. Will add that site to the list.

    I have a housemate who buys loads of jars and then leaves them half finished in the fridge. :mad:
  6. Cid

    Cid 慢慢走

    Just noticed it was a food programme, they did Katz last time fermentation was experiencing a revival... :D
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  7. Rebelda

    Rebelda Nearly as bad as Badgers

    I like for jars.
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  8. 8115

    8115 sitting down is bad for you

    I went to a workshop on it a couple of years ago, we made sauerkraut. It's a bit labour intensive, I decided to stick to pickling.
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  9. bi0boy

    bi0boy Power User

    I like the idea but it seems a bit too risky to me.
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  10. UrbaneFox

    UrbaneFox cream crackered

    I do that. My neighbour had a go at me recently, "You've had those chutneys for years", so I chucked them out and added the jars to my massive collection. :D
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  11. 8115

    8115 sitting down is bad for you

    I don't think fermenting a bit of cabbage exactly qualifies as living on the edge.
  12. mrs quoad

    mrs quoad Well-Known Member

  13. polly

    polly Well-Known Member

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  14. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

  15. Cid

    Cid 慢慢走

    Go wild. Manufactured yeasts are designed (well, selected) for specific purposes. E.g brewers yeast optimally works at a fairly narrow temperature range, favours the types of sugar extracted from grain and may impart certain flavours (obviously highly dependent on the yeast strain).
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  16. a_chap

    a_chap When the world came apart, where were you?

    I was listening to the very same programme and, in a fit of poor judgement and zero-planning, by the end of the day had created these...

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  17. Yuwipi Woman

    Yuwipi Woman Whack-A-Mole Queen

    I've pickled fruit in alcohol, but I doubt if that's what your talking about. I found this recipes to be very nice in the winter:

    Brandied Pears

    I've also made Kimchi and zucchini pickles, but I wasn't thrilled with it.
  18. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    It's a common misconception that the yeasts are just floating about and land in your sourdough (or your fruit) - they're already present when you get it. Admittedly, they might have got there by floating about in the wind while the plant was growing.

    Apologies if you already know this. :)
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  19. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    I'd have done the same if I can the stuff lying round.

    It's all good. I've done home preserving at all.

    My girlfriend has a glut of carrots at the moment and this sounds interesting.

    Gajar ka Achaar - NDTV
  20. a_chap

    a_chap When the world came apart, where were you?

    I didn't have the stuff lying around; it entailed a quick trip to the local supermarket. Three glass jars for a tenner, some sea salt, some juniper berries (mentioned in the radio programme) and a random collection of veg.

    The wife thinks I'm insane/suicidal.
  21. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    Let's here back when they have done fermenting! Did you follow receives or make your own up.
  22. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    . ((wrong thread))
  23. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    So how did people's experiments turn out? I got as far as buying the jars and no further. I've got my own kitchen now though so no excuses and just ordered the book Cid suggested. :)
  24. nogojones

    nogojones Well-Known Member

    Anyone got any experience of making ramson kimchi?
  25. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    I think I'm going to try this one and just a plane one with salt. Just ordered 5kg of Himalayan salt from Amazon quite cheaply.

    Wild Garlic Kimchi - energya
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  26. a_chap

    a_chap When the world came apart, where were you?

    I have to confess it has been a mixed set of results.

    I opened a jar of dill pickles (from the 2016 batch) which tasted sort of ok but had the consistency of porridge. Baffles me how shop-bought pickles are so crunchy.

    I have a jar of pickled cauliflower which keeps challenging me to open it ("You coward, come over hear and lift this lid if you're man enough") but I haven't plucked up the courage so far.
  27. J Ed

    J Ed Follow Back Pro Expropriation

    Great fan of branston pickle, probably my fave food ever. Love piccalilli with pies and I really like sauerkraut, not tried kimchi but spicy sauerkraut sounds good to me, but what are the advantages of doing it yourself rather than just buying it?
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  28. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Pickling and fermenting are not the same. I guess diy allows you to fine tune stuff to taste exactly how you want it to taste? Pretty fucking cheap and easy to do as well, all you need is a vessel, water, salt and the main course.

    And vinegar if you're pickling.
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  29. J Ed

    J Ed Follow Back Pro Expropriation

    Yea and ofc if you have an allotment it makes even more sense
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  30. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    I reckon just buying the raw ingredients are magnitudes cheaper and quicker :D

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