Frequently Asked Questions
What are fermented foods?Food transformed in texture and taste through fermentation. Fermentation is a process through which food (solid or liquid) goes through a chemical change caused by enzymes produced by bacteria, microbes, or yeast. Think sauerkraut. This is one example of a simple food (cabbage) transformed by the mere introduction of salt to encourage the development of beneficial bacteria; softening the cabbage, amplifying the taste, and rendering it more digestible. As a benefit, the nutritional and healthful value is greatly increased through fermentation.
More and more people are interested in a variety of DIY food making at home, be it beer, cheese, bread, sausage making, or pickles.
This is part of a DIY trend back to making delicious, healthy foods in your own kitchen; knowing where your food comes from, and having
control over how it is made.
I’ve recently been seeing many articles on fermented foods. Why is the topic of fermented food so popular?
My goal is to make many of the foods I feed to my family. Can I make fermented foods in my home kitchen?Absolutely, you can make delicious and healthy fermented foods in your own kitchen. There are many foods you can ferment at home with little time and effort on your part. Others you may choose, such as making aged cheese or curing meats, will take more attention. With proper planning, all are doable as part of one’s daily life.
Many recipes and guidelines are presented in Mastering Fermentation and in the Fermented Foods & Recipes sections of this site. Many cultures or other supplies needed for food fermentation can be purchased through the ads or via links on the Resources page.