My Probiotic Love LifePosted: November 6, 2013
There was a bit of frustration on the part of some readers. I provided no recipes and am at a loss, because I have no recipes to give.
Fermentation is much different than cooking. It is temping to describe it as more akin to chemistry or science, and cooking is those things to.
I don’t think science is right either though; it is more romantic than that.
There it is. For me fermentation is romance.
I enter into a long term relationship with a ferment. High passion beginnings of chopping and spicing grow into a calmer and sedate snuggle.
My ferments and I check in daily, see how each other are doing, becoming closer and more intimate. How have we changed, could we be warmer? Cooler? Shall we take a seat in the sun?
Eventually, we become one… I eat it that is.
Recipes have stopped applying to my fermentation habit. I follow general guidelines and exploit opportunities.
Deals on rutabagas at the Farmer’s Market, a particularly beautiful radish, or a friend’s overwhelming onion harvest. These opportunities combine with my whims. Am I feeling spicy? Seeking some digestive solace in ginger or the cleansing properties of lemon? Maybe a pickle fan’s birthday coming up, or perhaps it is bratwurst season?
That last one is silly, it’s always bratwurst season.
I do have some helpful guide lines, one is the rule of 3 and 5.
5 pounds veggies corresponds to three tablespoons sea salt, These are tossed together in a bowl and left to sweat for a few hours, then packed into what ever vessel seems most appropriate.
Here is a new ferment I started this week with ratios ripe for rough replication:
Green Onion Carraway Kraut:
- 3 head green cabbage
- 3 bunches green onion
- chopped fresh dill.
- Lots of carraway, maybe about 4 tablespoons
Total Weight 3.2 pounds or 1.5 Kilograms
O bother, let the math begin.
3 TB salt/5 lb = 0.6 TB salt per pound, so 0.6 TB x 3.2 lb veggies in this new kraut = 1.92 TB salt… o lets just call it 2 TB shall we.
This method has served me well. I hope it might serve you, as you enter in the veggie dating scene.
It is O.K. to have multiple partners. Should a relationship turn sour do not stress there are plenty of fish in this briny sea.