Fermented foods - So how did I do?

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Several weeks ago I told you about my journey into making fermented foods in my blog "You are what you eat".   Here is my follow up as promised.

My first experiment with making fermented foods was my homemade sauerkraut, which I fermented on my counter in an antique crock for 5 weeks.  In the end, I have a 16 oz. mason jar of pretty good kraut, although it's a bit salty.   My final assessment of this project is that I think I am happier buying Bubbies Sauerkraut from my friend Louise at Artisan Cheese Company!   I'm going to save my cabbage for slaw and stuffed cabbage!

Next, I tried my hand at homemade yogurt.  Oh heavenly success, my 3 batches so far have been amazing!  I first used a mix of whole and 0% grass fed milk (1/2 and 1/2 mix) from Whole Foods.  It was a bit thin but yummy.  The next batch was the same mix, but I set the timer for a few more hours and it was perfect.  For my third batch I tried 0% milk only, and again it was a bit too thin.    Final assessment is that I'll stick to recipe number 2 and have seven perfect little jars with screw top lids (see above) every week! It takes only a few minutes to make, and it is delicious.  I purchased my yogurt maker and starter from Cultures for Health - here is the link.  I highly recommend it!

Lastly, let's talk about sourdough bread.  I've made two loaves so far, and I have to say that it is truly a labor of love!   This is a bit of a project, as you need to grow the sourdough starter for about a week before you can make the dough, but the payoff is so worth it!  My first loaf was a little tough, but by the second I started to get the hang of it and it turned out absolutly delicious.  It makes a hearty loaf, but it is healthy, tender and tasty, and makes the best toast ever.  If you want to try your hand at it I highly recommend this recipe from The Nurished Kitchen, and I followed her instructions and ingredients to the letter.  

What's next for this food explorer?  Pickles?   Jam?  Hum, not sure, but I'll keep you posted!

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