The Complete Idiot's Guide to Fermenting Foods Paperback – Apr 3 2012
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I recommend this book if you are just starting out with fermenting food. It a nice way to complement your canning, freezing of local organic foods with this method. She does mention for the best results to go with raw milk which can be difficult to come by. However, I used organic whole milk and goat milk and had great results with Kefir cheese and whey that can be used in so many recipes that Wardeh has been generous in sharing.
I do have a couple of suggestions for things that worked for me when I followed her instructions to try things.
1. Whey: Rather than using yogurt, I drain the whey from near to "best before date" buttermilk through a #2 paper filter and a new plastic filter holder.(ie. no coffee residue) After an hour I get lots of whey.
2. Sourdough: No luck getting a starter until I used "organic" whole wheat flour milled locally.
I was able to come up with these solutions because the author led me to think about the processes.
the author can't even bear to provide a recipe for basic sauerkraut.
no, it has to be some fancy garlic version with extra ingredients (garlic, ok, I can handle that but totally unnecessary, and whey something, well, yes, whey over the top).
hello? there are only 2 ingredients needed for sauerkraut: cabbage, salt.
and the author has such an attitude - spare me.
this is supposed to be a cookbook, not some ranting diatribe about social/ecological fantasies.
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Good information. I appreciate having a book in my hand that I can underline and write notes in the margins, increasing the learning level.Can't wait to get to the cheeses! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Doily
I have looked at many fermenting books and this one is my favourite. Many good recipes and lots of description. Highly recommended.Published 15 months ago by Teresa Berry
Since adding kefir and kombucha to my diet I am excited to try more fermented food. I find it rather easy and exciting to follow the simple guidelines in this book. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jeannette D.