Thursday, June 16, 2011

fermenting raw vegetables

Last Saturday I attended a workshop on learning how to prepare raw vegetables for fermentation. I must say my curiosity was kindled when I first heard about the process of preparing raw vegetables with the intention of having them ferment.This is something I had never tried before, but now I am learning all about the truly amazing health benefits of fermented vegetables. This morning I met at Tanya's yellow farmhouse and we began with the chopping and shredding of a variety of organic vegetables. Two necessary ingredients, the bacterial cultures and a jar of probiotics, had been purchased at the workshop.

A simple lunch of baked potatoes topped with butter, cheese and chives was served under the maple tree in the backyard.

 We were inexperienced enough to think we would have two batches done by lunchtime, however, it easily turned into a full day's work! But as Tanya helped me carry my portion of the fruits of our labor to the car, we agreed we were tired but feeling extremely good about our shared efforts.

 Oh, and while we were in the kitchen, Charlotte was busy making a fairy dwelling under a pecan tree with Tanya's older daughter.

 Now that evening has fallen and the lightening bugs are flittering here and there I am thinking today certainly was a day drunk with summer and its magic.


Claire said...

I am so interested in this. I have been researching some of the benefits like you said and it sounds really good. I think I will pick your brain next time I see you and then try and make some myself.

Gigi said...

Well, who knew!? I'm looking forward to hearing how you like them. Sounds like the best part of the day was seeing the fireflies flitting around your DD's sweet little fairy house ;).

wayside wanderer said...

I've not heard about this. I do hope you will share more.

The dB family said...

I've read a little about fermenting and I have to say that it has fascinated me. You'll will have to let us know how it turns out. Congratulations on a very successful day :o)!


The BUTT'RY and BOOK'RY said...

Cathy ,
That sounds like a MARVELOUS Day well spent!! ;-D
I can't wait for the "taste report"!

(and the faiy dwelling=too CUTE)!

Blessings and Hugs, Linnie

crochet lady said...

Nice! I grew up with the tradition of growing cabbage, shredding lots of it to pack into huge crocks with salt to slowly turn it into sourkraut.

no spring chicken said...

Although I do love trying new food skills. I think I would have wanted to be playing outside with the girls...

Blessings, Debbie

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