The second fermenation experiment compares two different brines used to ferment cucumbers. Both methods use the Easy Fermenter lid system and contained garlic, dill and spices for flavor. In the first method, a standard brine is used containing 5.3% sea salt and water. The second method, uses the same concentration of salt and has several… Continue reading Fermentation Experiment #2
Recently, I've been testing out some different methods for fermenting veggies. Experiment #1: Sauerkraut made with two types different fermenting gadgets. One jar (right side in pictures) used the Pickl-It Fermenting jar and airlock. This system has three components: a special jar with an opening at the top, a weight and the airlock which fits… Continue reading Fermentation Experiments
This past weekend my friend, Eva, and I embarked on a day of making vegan cheeses. I began dabbling with vegan cheese making in 2002, when began studying and experimenting with the raw, vegan food culture. Since that time, there have been tremendous innovations in vegan cheese and there has been an explosion of brands… Continue reading Vegan Cheese Making!
I want to introduce you to my kombucha mother, Samantha III. She has been with me for many years, faithfully turning sweetened beverages into tasty kombucha experiments. She's a little small right now, but with every batch she nearly doubles in size! Samantha may not be renowned for her beauty, but we all appreciate her… Continue reading Meet Samantha III
So, I have to give it to Trader Joe's. They are super innovative and bring such interesting new food items into their stores on a regular basis. I was intrigued by one of their new products, Watermelon Jerky. My family and I excitedly opened up the package, expecting some crunchy or chewy slices of "jerky"… Continue reading Watermelon Jerky – Improved!
This week was the infamous IBIE show in Vegas. It is the place to go to learn what is going on in the baking industry. Imagine a huge convention center filled with industrial baking equipment, ingredient suppliers and bakers. There are dozens of large ovens installed for the show, each cranking out delicious, expertly made… Continue reading International Baking Industry Expo 2019
Had a wonderful visit to Dandelion Chocolate in San Francisco. The ingredients class was really fun and interesting. We tasted different components that are used in chocolate making as well as different brands and origins of chocolate. The factory is a gorgeously designed building in the Mission District of SF, a unique combination of industrial,… Continue reading Dandelion Chocolate Factory, San Francisco