6 Basic Rules for Fermenting Success
August 05, 2019 by Kelsey J
Fermentation is becoming an increasingly popular food trend due to its richness in probiotics and its multitude of health benefits such as improved digestion, immunity-boosting ability, and weight management. As a beginner, fermenting foods may seem like a time-consuming and challenging task; however, it is an easy process that you should try. Read below to learn tips that will make your fermenting projects a success.
1. Use Quality Ingredients
The fresher the produce you choose to ferment, the better the finished product will turn out. For optimal results, use organic fruits and vegetables; they are dense in nutrients which feed the microbial bacteria (this is what we want to happen!).
2. Measure your Ingredients Accurately
It is recommended to use a digital scale to make sure ensure you're using the right amount of ingredients for a successful and tasty batch of fruits or veggies. This fermentation starter kit includes a weight that will work perfectly for beginners: Fermentation Starter Kit
3. Use Salt that is Rich in Minerals
Mineral-rich salts provide more food for micro bacteria to grow. We recommend using Himalayan Pink Salt, which also adds more flavor. Mineral-rich salts are unrefined, making them better for fermenting by preserving the natural chemical composition.
4. Do Not Fill Ingredients to the Top of your Jar
The fermentation process can be ruined by exposure to fresh air, so it is highly recommended to keep your ingredients below the brine level. The brine also provides moisture to the ferment and prevents molds and harmful bacteria from coming into contact with your fruits and veggies. That's why reCAP includes an extra jar with their Fermentation Starter Kit which is used as a weight to keep ingredients below the brine level.
5. Use an Air-Tight Lid to Preserve Ferment’s Anaerobics
If ferment is exposed to oxygen, yeasts and molds can grow. Make sure your mixture is completely air-tight to prevent this from happening.
6. Make Sure your Ferment is within and Ideal Temperature Range
You want your ferment to be at an ideal temperature range between 65 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. If your house is too hot or too cold, put your ferment in a cooler or warm it up with a heat mat. There are plenty of ways to improvise!