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Fermenting
« on: October 21, 2022, 06:52:07 pm »
I made some homemade sauerkraut for the first time today.  I've done fermented honey garlic before, but this is the first vegetable ferment I have done.  Anyone else doing any fermenting?

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Re: Fermenting
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2022, 08:30:53 pm »
I haven't lately, but I made 5 gallons of kraut in a 6 gallon croc every year for several years. Start tasting it on day 3. Then taste every day until desired strength is acquired. 7 days should be about max, depending on temps.
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Re: Fermenting
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2022, 08:15:51 pm »
We ate some kraut for the first time tonight with our meal.  It's not quite there yet, but it went with our meal tonight so we had some anyway.  It was GOOD.  I'm sure it'll be even better when it gets a little more sour, as it was still quite mild today.


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Re: Fermenting
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2022, 07:26:08 am »
I've not made kraut before, but I have made Kimchi.  I got it too hot for me to eat, but the kids liked it.

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Re: Fermenting
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2022, 11:54:15 am »
My daughter is the fermenter in the fam. She loves the honey garlic and makes her own kimchi amongst other things. Fermented foods are not my favorite food, but in recent months I have found that fermentated foods sure can help my later in life cranky digestion. Been putting some store bought kraut on my breakfast and dinner plate, and do believe there is some relief in the gut.
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Re: Fermenting
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2022, 12:47:40 pm »
I had a little trouble with my kraut this week.  I noticed that some of it wasn't under the brine anymore and was turning brown.  I'd had some brine spill out, and I guess I should have replaced it.  I also probably should have had a heavier weight in the top than I did.  I salvaged what was still good, and I've got an extra head of red cabbage in the fridge, so I'm going to make some more today.

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Re: Fermenting
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2022, 06:26:31 pm »
I used the food processor today, and it went a lot better for a number of reasons.  Firstly, it was obviously faster; secondly, the increased surface area helped the cabbage to sweat quicker when I salted it; and thirdly, it was a lot easier to massage and pack it with my weak hands when the pieces were smaller.  I don't have any real weights yet, and I haven't been down to the river to get a rock, so I'm using a plastic bag filled with water as a weight.  Also, as you can see, the cabbage ended up being a green one, not a red one.  :)


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Re: Fermenting
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2022, 10:39:34 am »
I had a little trouble with my kraut this week.  I noticed that some of it wasn't under the brine anymore and was turning brown.  I'd had some brine spill out, and I guess I should have replaced it.  I also probably should have had a heavier weight in the top than I did.  I salvaged what was still good, and I've got an extra head of red cabbage in the fridge, so I'm going to make some more today.


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Re: Fermenting
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2022, 02:41:16 pm »
My daughter is now going to make a batch of cranberry kraut. She ferments a lot of stuff including a lemon ginger ferment that I really like, calm down my cranky gut. She will use dried cranberries.
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Re: Fermenting
« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2022, 05:29:04 pm »
My daughter is now going to make a batch of cranberry kraut. She ferments a lot of stuff including a lemon ginger ferment that I really like, calm down my cranky gut. She will use dried cranberries.
That sounds delicious.  I've heard that fermented ginger is really tasty. 
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Re: Fermenting
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2022, 01:22:01 pm »
I tasted both rounds of kraut yesterday.  The original batch, in spite of looking nice, still tastes a little alcoholic from the yeasts getting into it, so I just tossed it in the compost.  The green kraut has started to bubble nicely and is starting to taste and smell sour already.  I did notice that my baggie weight was leaking a little bit (because the lesson of this whole experience is apparently "things that work for other people don't work for me" ;) :D ), so I filled the bag with marbles instead, which seems to be working well.
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