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Safety

  • How long does sauerkraut last?

    Admit it, you've had it happen. Just about everyone has lost something at the back of the fridge at some point. With ferments, how do you know if they're still good? How long can a ferment last in the refrigerator? In this post, Ashley discusses the shelf life of fermented foods.
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  • How to Safely Store Fermented Foods

    Nothing is more frustrating than putting up a supply of food for the winter and having it go bad. Whether the lids are popping off your canned goods, or mold is growing on your ferments, having to throw out food is a big disappointment for anyone. Keep reading for some great tips on how to safely store fermented foods and you may find yourself throwing away less this year.
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  • Traveling with Fermented Foods

    Planning a summer vacation but cannot picture yourself without your favorite kombucha or sauerkraut for those roasted hot dogs? In this post Abigail gives you the low-down on traveling with fermented foods.
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  • Is Lacto-Fermentation Safe?

    I remember the first time I made sauerkraut. No one told me the importance of keeping the cabbage under the level of the brine. Nor did they share the importance of ambient temperature. Consequently, I ended up with a mess. In fact, I ended up with a mess after several attempts. Then, after discovering Fermentools, I learned the proper way to make sauerkraut. But the fears caused by my prior failed attempts were real. In this post, Michelle discusses those fears and helps you to see why they are unfounded.
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  • Lacto-Fermentation versus Canning and Pickling

    There are a varied number of ways to preserve food. Canning, freezing and drying are just a few. Fermentation is another way. In this post Mary discusses the pro's and con's of different ways of food preservation so that you can make an educated decision.
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  • How to Adapt Recipes for One

    One of the greatest frustrations my widowed mother faced in the kitchen was cooking for just one person. After raising a large family, she was accustomed to cooking in quantity. She was not alone. Young single people also need to adapt recipes written for the typical household of four to six. Here, Sarah gives some great tips to help with this dilemma.
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  • Healthy Sourdough Starter

    Ever take a ferment, of any kind, out of the fridge and smell a kind of funk? Or taken a sip or taste and wondered what went wrong? If you are unsure if your sourdough starter is safe, this is the post for you. Abigail gives you all the things to look for to determine if you have a healthy sourdough starter.
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  • Fermenting Weights--A Comparison

    I saw a friend use a water-filled plastic baggy as a weight in her ferment. I was concerned. I mean, what if the baggy leaked? Or, worse yet, plastic from the baggy leached into her ferment? Sarah addresses this very topic in this post. For more fermenting weights comparison, keep reading.
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  • How to Tell the Difference between Mold or Yeast in Your Ferments

    I have six quarts of pickles in my fridge. They are the first pickles I have ever made that are as crisp as store-bought. And the flavor, well, they're delicious. But every time my son opens the fridge, he says, "Mom, you have mold on your pickles!" Well, do I? Let's read Kristi's post to find out.
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  • Canning vs Fermenting

    If you want the healthiest option for food preservation and have cold storage available that does not require electricity, you just might want to consider fermentation as your method of choice. Read on for a great comparison of canning vs fermenting.
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