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Anyone ferment fruit & vegetables?

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

  1. campanula

    campanula plant a seed

    I have made sauerkraut and didn't like it...and kimchee is fucking horrible but I am happy to pickle, bottle, jam or brine things...decent Kilner jars are always worth keeping an eye open for and even buying new are worth getting. For jam, brining and pickling, the lid and seal system of Kilners is not so crucial - I use any old jars for jam and chutney and just top with waxed papers, but ketchup, which has to be sterilised, can only be done in rubber sealed jars or bottles.
     
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  2. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Kimchee is lush you bloody heathen :mad:
     
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  3. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    It just so happens my other half grows and sources organic vegetables. :)
     
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  4. sparkybird

    sparkybird ask the bird...

    Tepache, a fermented pineapple skin drink is delicious in Mexico, but not so when I tried it at home. . Maybe some things only taste good in location?
     
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  5. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    The Sandor Katz book arrived today. Bloody hell, it's a mighty tome. Not really a recepie book, but I guess there are plenty of those on the net.
     
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  6. I made sauerkraut twice with last years cabbages, found you definitely only want to use the crunchiest bits and chop as fine as possible. Both lots tasted mostly like sauerkraut but had a slightly odd/ not quite right aftertaste. Think i need to be more careful about the amount of salt and might add bit of
    spice next time as well
     
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  7. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    How do you cover yours? I've got a couple of Kilner jars. Don't want to buy any airlocks at this point.

    Just seal the jars with the lid and open every few days? Piece of cloth? I've even read of using oil. Or just not worry and make sure that that the veg stays covered in liquid?
     
  8. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    Well I've made up two batches. One with green cabbage and just salt. The other I used red and stuck some chillies. I proper mashed up the cabbage with my hands for ages and whilst water was coming out, I struggled to get enough to cover the cabbage in the jars, so topped up with a bit of water. Chucked them in the cupboard. Hopefully in a week I'll have some lacto fermented goodness. :)

    I'm wondering if the cabbage was hard to break down with my hands, what hope do i have with things like carrots and beetroot! :D
     
  9. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    You don't need to break them up though. I did carrots cut into small batons and let them sit in water and salt, came out really nice.
     
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  10. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    That sounds easier! Will have a go with some Carrots this afternoon. Are you sealing the jar and opening it to "burp' or using cloth on the top?
     
  11. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Burping
     
  12. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    Getting quite serious bubbles today. :)

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  13. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    Sourkraut is really rather nice. Although the teaspoon of extra hot chilli flakes has made the red one fearsome.

    Kimchi next I think!
     
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  14. polly

    polly Well-Known Member

    I'm making wild garlic kimchi. It's been in the jar for about a week now and smells really nice. This concerns me :D Has anyone else made it and, if so, does it need to smell like death before it's ready, like normal kimchi does, and does it ever taste sour? At the moment it just tastes of garlic and chilli. I assume that means it hasn't fermented/fermented enough.
     
  15. polly

    polly Well-Known Member

    Well, it's nice. It doesn't smell of death and it's not sour like normal kimchi, but still quite nice. Not sure I'd bother again, though the free food element is kind of fun.
     
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  16. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    Still not done Kimchi, but my sourkraut has now run out. If I could buy it cheaply and easily I'd probably get some to time me over, but I wouldnt know where to in Stockport.

    That said my Dad still lives in Northampton where there are loads of Polish shops so I could start there next time I'm down.
     
  17. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    Decided that red cabbage is definitely superior if not traditional. It holds its crunch much better. I've just had some with breakfast. :oops:
     
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  18. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    As we have a glut of beetroot at the moment we have started fermenting it. It's another veg that works really well, although as you may imagine you get some seriously purple colored water.
     
  19. Yu_Gi_Oh

    Yu_Gi_Oh 天天好心情

    When I lived in South Korea I taught English to the head of a farm owned by a very unpopular multinational agricultural corporation. :hmm: In Korea they have a special Kimchi Making Day, and on that day all work at the farm stopped while everyone made kimchi. :) :cool: They invited me along to help and I left the proud owner of five whole kimchi'd cabbages. They used oysters to give it flavour. I think I gave them to my neighbours, who loved them much more than I would have. :oops:

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  20. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    Looks intresting. Still not tried it. Watched a video the other day and it does look odd. Made me wonder if I should buy a jar of it first before I commit...
     
  21. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    I fancy a go at fermenting chilli's and using them to make a sauce. Bought loads of them from a Chinese supermarket (god we get ripped of in supermarkets for some things). Just reading different recipes on the net to get an idea. Got the long red ones and some birds eye. Hoping for some serious heat along with that nice fermented twang.
     
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  22. nogojones

    nogojones Well-Known Member

    I was given some fermented beetroot juice recently from a Polish girl I know. She claims all sorts of miracles from the use of it, but she believes in the healing power of crystals as well, so I'm a bit hmmn about it.

    It tastes ok though
     
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  23. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    Yeah, thats the thing. I think there are some health benefits to eating this stuff, but there is so much nonsense out there it quickly goes into the realm of crystals. My main concern is that it tastes alright with a few free probiotics thrown in for good measure.
     
  24. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    I made fermented chilli and garlic sauce. It's certainly got kick. May try doing a batch with a really long ferment time to see what difference in makes.

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  25. polly

    polly Well-Known Member

    Ooh, that sounds very interesting! How did you do it?
     
  26. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    I fermented a mix of chillis. Those really long ones that don't have much kick made up the majority, but did a fair few red birds eye ones as well in the same jar. Added the garlic cloves whole. Left them all to ferment for a few weeks, drained and kept the brine. Blended the chillis and garlic together and then added a small amount of the brine to thin it out. That was it!

    Can see adding some sugar may be some peoples taste and some fish sauce perhaps for a sriracha type flavor. If I was trying to make a milder one or couldn't get the long mild chillis, I might use some red peppers to bulk out the sauce slightly without adding heat. Can see a sauce made of just birds eye or other strong chillis would be a bit much.
     
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