Saturday, March 4, 2017

Today's Fermentation Demo: Program and Notes




I'm doing a fermentation demo and talk today at the Kitchen at Boston Public Market!

If the technology gods are willing, it will be live-streamed on the Real Food Fermentation Facebook page.

I'll be demoing the following recipes, and I'll have samples available:

- Sauerkraut
- Beet Kvass
- Tepache

And if there's time, I'll also demo:

- Preserved Lemons

I've blogged about Sauerkraut, Beet Kvass, and Preserved Lemons before, here.

Tepache is new to this blog, and is a sneak-preview of a recipe from Ferment Your Drinks, my upcoming new book with co-author Raquel Guajardo. When it's officially available, you'll hear lots more about it!

Tepache is a pineapple wine from Mexico. It has low alcohol--maybe a couple of percent--significantly less than beer. This is partly because of its short ferment time (typically less than a week), and partly because it's a wild ferment, so in addition to the yeasts that convert sugar to alcohol, it picks up some bacteria that convert sugar and alcohol to acids.

This means that it is sour. It's great on its own, or as an ingredient in a cocktail of whatever sort.

There are many other nice things about tepache, besides how delicious it is. One is that it allows you to use a portion of the pineapple (the skin) that you would normally just compost or toss. Another is that if you mess up the recipe and let it ferment for too long, you wind up with some nice pineapple vinegar. Hard to go wrong!

Tepache

Ingredients:

- the outer husk and core of one pineapple (the part you can't eat) (I highly recommend this tool!)
- one cup of sugar, ideally piloncillo/panela/jaggery/rapadura/raw sugar/brown sugar
- mixed spices: "pickling spices" will do nicely; make sure they contain no preservatives
- filtered water

Equpiment:

- 2-quart mason jar, with metal ring
- unbleached basket-type coffee filter, or unbleached paper towel, or clean cloth towel

Procedure:

In a 2-quart mason jar, dissolve the sugar in a pint of warm water (body temperature or a little cooler).

Cut the pineapple husk and core into chunks roughly 1 inch on a side. Add it to the jar, along with the spices.

Fill with (room temperature) water to 2 inches below the top.

Place filter or towel over the top of the jar, and secure with ring.

Wait 3 or 5 days, or until foamy and aromatic.

Strain

Drink chilled, or over ice!

Variation:

If you want more alcohol and fizz, try putting a tightly-sealing lid on once it starts foaming, then leave it for up to a week.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Fermentation Demo! Boston Public Market, March 4 1PM-3PM


Boston Folks:

I'm doing a demo from 1PM-3PM Saturday March 4 at The Kitchen at Boston Public Market!

Come learn how to ferment. Get a signed copy of my book.

And maybe there will be a sneak-preview of recipes from my new book with coauthor Raquel Guajardo!

Full info here: https://fermentation_101.eventbrite.com/?aff=Alex

Space is limited.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Boston Fermentation Festival! FREE! Aug 28 2016 10am-4pm at the Boston Public Market



Combining several of my favorite things! Fermentation, Boston, Boston Public Market, books, people.

I'll be signing books and helping keep order.

Lots of other book-signers, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors, etc.

We are working out how to live-stream it. Ideally I will put a live feed on this page.

Suitable for kids of all ages!

And FREE! As in "free beer" AND "free speech".

For more info: http://www.bostonferments.com/#!2016-festival/dzg2z


Monday, January 18, 2016

Pots and Pans



I was recently at a friend's house, and I expressed some concern when I saw her put some non-stick pans on the stove and heat them up with nothing in them.

"What kinds of pans should I be using?" she asked.

The answer isn't as simple as one might think. Keep reading if you're interested...


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

How I Started Fermenting

Kayla at Radiant Life blog did this interview with me: part 1 part 2. She was awesome--I was really happy with the results.

In the interview, we talk about how I became interested in food and nutrition, how I started fermenting, what my favorite fermentation recipe is, and more.

While I was reading it, I kept thinking, "Wow, I couldn't have said it better myself!" Then I remembered that I actually had said it myself, which humbled me.

Hope you find it interesting.