Fermenting food

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Francisca

Fermenting food

I have no experience at all on how to ferment food. I have tried to ferment aubergines with beetroots and garlic and radishes with beetroot. The thing is that my book says that one should fill the jars with the water and vinegar and then put a weight on the top and cover with a muslin so that the ingredients can ferment. One also adds a vine leaf in order to accelerate the process. The thing they don't explain is that when you put the weight you lose liquid that goes out of the jar and later on, when you take off the weight in order to close the jar you miss liquid on the top. I suppose the jars should be completely filled? They give no explanation of how to remediate that problem and I am afraid my fermented foods will be spoilt and someone will get ill. Any ideas? I know people don't usually ferment food but maybe someone has tried it?

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Welshcookie

Fermenting food

If you use a search engine you will find recipes and help.

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Francisca

Fermenting food

Thanks, I will try that! I suppose that it won't be easy to find people who have experience.....

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Welshcookie

Fermenting food

Well the Germans do! Think sauerkraut!

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Francisca

Germans

Yes, of course but I meant people like you and I. I haven't despaired yet to find here someone who is a fermentation aficionado who will let me know of how they do it! I am interested in preserves of all kind because we now have a big vegetable plot and an orchard, so I am starting to learn what to do with all the produce we have. Right now we share a lot with friends in the village but I would love to do more with it! Thanks anyway......

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Francisca

Book on fermentation

By the way, I do have a wonderful book, many recipes, many beautiful photos but too little explanations for someone who has never done it. If you are experienced then it is another story but I obviously am not!

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Welshcookie

Preserving food

My 'bible' has always been Home Preservation of Fruit and Vegetables. Comprehensive and cheap and available you know where. I have used this book for over 40 years. It had been re-printed and revised many times. It gives you the safe way of preserving.

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Francisca

Preserving food!

Thanks, I found it and it is very cheap in the UK. Many positive reviews, the only thing less positive someone said was that it lacks the times for the steriliser. I have confess that I don't own a steriliser but I will have to buy one or else I have read that one can use a pressure cooker (without pressure). I need the times though because I have never done it. I will order this book though because for the price I can't really go wrong and I am sure that I will learn a lot! I suppose you have been preserving for a long time since you have owned this book for 40 years!

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Welshcookie

Preserving

Yes! But have to say I rounded the figure down. You're as old as you feel!!

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Francisca

Age

I'm sure you are not old... you are maybe wise, or experienced, not old! Never mind.... I have another birthday coming on the 23...... I'm sure that I won't feel a day older and I am so much wiser then when I was young.... oh boy...... Thanks for all the information anyway, I have ordered the book!

 
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