Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Wild Fermentation


New exciting pickles and a bowl of monstrous beets which are stumping me. Maybe I'll channel my Russian roots and make kvass.

By now you've probably heard of Sandor Ellix Katz's Wild Fermentation and his new encyclopedic The Art of Fermentation. It's been our bedside reading for a couple years now and I'm finally starting some kitchen science. Burdock, dandelion, garlic scapes, carrot, and some hot dried peppers, brine pickled.

Curious to see how the burdock comes out. It feels woody so far. No one, not even the internet, can tell me when is the best time to harvest burdock root. I was so dazzled by their huge size, but I suspect they're too old for eating as the plants had already gone to seed. If you know the answer, message me urgently.

I'm a little bit frustrated by the lack of exact measurements in any recipe book or website. It seems that fermenting, like bread making and so many other kitchen arts, are a bit secret and magical. You learn by doing and then you teach by word of mouth like a gnostic cult. It's a little bit exciting.

4 comments:

  1. http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2010/05/seriously-asian-stir-fried-burdock-root-kinpira-pickled-burdock-recipe.html

    scroll down and there*s a recipe how to with the burdock root

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  2. Brave soul! Fermentation terrifies me, like there's some magical step I'll miss that will result in me poisoning my family. Ha!

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  3. Brave soul! Fermentation terrifies me, like there's some magical step I'll miss that will result in me poisoning my family. Ha!

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  4. Call my mom and ask about burdock - she had it in the garden and we've eaten it forever. Love the fermenting!

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