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Which preservatives/additives in ingredients can interfere with kimchi-style fermentation?

This is not yet about a problem, I am trying to avoid wasting time and ingredients or creating unsafe conditions while experimenting. Many vegetarian recipes for kimchi and kimchi-style fermented ...
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Is the second rise step neccesary for no-knead bread?

In the classic no-knead bread recipe, it calls for letting the dough rise once for 12-18 hours, then folding it on a work surface and letting it rise again for two hours. Why is this second rise ...
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Small batch of sauerkraut smells yeasty

As an experiment, for my first attempt, I'm making a small batch of sauerkraut. Small like less than 1/3 of a head. Its setup is pretty amateur, no professional airlock. Anyway, it's been going for a ...
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What's the difference between heirloom and direct-set yogurt cultures?

Yogurt cultures seem to come in two varieties: heirloom and direct-set. The difference between the varieties is that one is a carefully selected mix of bacterial strains (direct-set), and the other ...
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Accidently reduced salt in pickling recipe - are these pickles still safe?

A dill pickle recipe called for 1.5 cups vinegar, 1.5 cups water, and 2 tablespoons salt. I doubled the bring, but forgot to double the salt before canning my pickles. I ended up with: 3 cups Apple ...
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Is there a difference between US Worcestershire sauce and UK Worcestershire sauce?

I recently bought a Worcestershire sauce from Costco called Lea & Perrins. They claim to be the authentic version of Worcestershire sauce. However I have read comments online that indicate that it ...
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Sauerkraut/sourkraut - ratio of grams of salt to grams of raw cabbage?

Yes, obviously it can vary. I'm just looking for an approximate range, as a good place to start for my first time making a batch. A good answer would be something along the lines of: 10 to 20 ...
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Ideal condition to make injera

I'm trying to make Injera traditionally, without any starter, just teff flour (the white one) and water (tap water). I mixed it and left in a bowl, covered by dish towel, in my kitchen. After 60 hours ...
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Can kvass be made without bread?

While searching for kvass recipes some of them mentioned that kvass can be made with rye flour or malt and since I can't find 100% rye breads where I live making them just for kvass would be too ...
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Can I use fermented milk product as starter culture?

Can I use fermented milk product as starter culture for vegetable fermenting?
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What is this white, non-fuzzy, substance on my kimchi?

I have a jar of store bought kimchi that I neglected for a few months (bought around mid July). Today I opened it and noticed that a few pieces had some white stuff on it, but it doesn't look like ...
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How can I find out if yeast or yeast producing are present in foods?

How can I know if a food or ingredient contains yeast or yeast-producing ingredient? My condition requires yeast-free foods and ingredients.
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Soy kefir that never revitalises in animal milk [closed]

If I have kefir grains from goat and I make soy kefir and never revitalise the kefir grains in an animal milk, will that bacteria still be beneficial for the gut? What type of bacteria does it make? ...
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Best container for making sauerkraut

We've tried this a few times. First time we used an old ceramic container and it started sheding on the inside and ruined it. Next time we used a new metal garbage can with one of those super sized 10 ...
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How do I make black garlic? [duplicate]

I am trying to make black garlic. I have cooked on low for 11 days in a rice cooker. I now am drying the garlic but it is not turning black or soft. What am I doing wrong?
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Does kimchi always have live cultures?

A lot of the kimchi I see in stores doesn't say "live and active cultures" like yogurts and kefir. I'm trying to up my probiotic intake, but I'm not sure if all the kimchi I get is helping me towards ...
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What are safe temperature ranges for fermenting miso paste?

I'd like to make some miso paste. The recipes I've seen recommend keeping the miso in a cool, dark place. Unfortunately my house gets hot in summertime and there is no cool place like a cellar or ...
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Why are all sour cream cultures I've found for sale online labeled as direct set? Why can't I reuse like I do yogurt?

I've realized we go through a lot of sour cream in my household, and I want to start making probably about a pint or two a week during the summer months. I've been researching for a few hours, and ...
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Quantities of lactose, lactic acid, and other metabolites in yogurt

It's common to see vague statements about how people with limited lactose tolerance may be able to eat yogurt, because the bacterial fermentation eliminates some of the lactose. However, I haven't ...
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Making vinegar - alcohol and sugar tolerance

I am wondering if my latest batch of vinegar is either too sweet or too alcoholic for the acetobacter to flourish. Are there well known thresholds for alcohol and sugar that acetobacter will tolerate? ...
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How can you consistently separate Kefir into curds and whey for cheesemaking?

I have trouble getting my Kefir to cleanly separate on a consistent basis, despite allowing it to sit out for multiple extra days, prior to refrigeration. As my house does not remain at the same ...
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Can kefir whey be refrigerated before being used to ferment other foods?

Is it okay to refrigerate kefir whey for a few days before fermenting other foods with it (i.e., almond butter http://www.thecandidadiet.com/forums/topic/fermented-almond-butter-16/ ), or will this ...
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What device should I use for pressing/fermenting

I regularly make a Japanese side dish of fermented cabbage that's simply pressed down for a day and salted. I'd just jury rigged something up, but it finally broke so now I'm looking to see if there ...
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Does Worcestershire Sauce go Bad?

I really like Worcestershire sauce on a few things, but I never use it that often. My question is simply, does it ever go bad, and should I try to use it up quickly?
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Can you make bread with the yeast in beer?

I am looking to make some beer bread by substituting beer for water in some of my favorite recipes. I have heard that beer has yeast though, so I was wondering if the yeast in beer would work to ...
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How do I make dosas smooth and shiny?

I tried my hand at making dosas for the first time this weekend. I was following this recipe for the dosa batter. I soaked the dal and fenugreek seeds together and the rice by itself. The rice and ...
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Mason jar stuck inside another

I need help! I just finished making sauerkraut and was using a mason jar inside of a larger mason jar to weigh down the cabbage. Now, I can't get the inner mason jar out. I've tried soap around the ...
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Lacto Fermented Vegetables - Off Flavors

Is anyone aware of some solid reference information on lacto-fermented vegetables? I am especially interested technical information, such as what off flavors may occur due to which circumstances. The ...
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Can I make fermented lemon soda using yogurt cultures?

I'm trying to make a lemon soda using fermentation. Is it possible to make a lemon soda by mixing sugar, lemon, warm water and a scoop of live cultured yogurt? I put it inside a pressurize cooker, is ...
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Can I use sona masoori rice for making dosa?

I have been trying to make dosa in the US since 6 months & never got the fermented batter. When searched in seasoned advice I found a similar question asked. How to ferment dosa batter? I have ...
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Does injera require a starter?

I want to make Ethiopian injera bread at home, but the recipes I've seen are inconsistent about whether a bread starter is needed. Do I need to use a sourdough starter? Can I use baker's yeast, or ...
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Fermenting Sauerkraut - Should I Stir?

I haven't done this for a very long time. I am following Alton Brown's recipe, which conveniently fits perfectly into a little hack-job of containers I already had. (Related: Why isn't glass ideal ...
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What to use in pressure fermentation

I'm still pretty new to pressure fermentation and have been using it primarily to make sukimono - cabbage mixed with salt under pressure for about a day. I would like to make a whole cabbage at a ...
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Will my results differ when using a sourdough starter vs poolish for pizza dough?

I've read about differing techniques for getting the best flavor, texture, and chewiness in my pizza crust. One of the commonly suggested routes is to include a sourdough starter as part of the ...
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Possible dangers of home fermentation of vegetables

I bought this FARMcurious Fermentation kit on Kickstarter. Once I got it and started making it I found their claims of it being "super easy" were a little exaggerated. When looking around online I ...
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Why isn't glass ideal for the fermentation of sauerkraut?

I last made sauerkraut over 20 years ago, so embarking on it again I did some reading and chose an Alton Brown recipe. He specifically calls for the fermentation to be done in a plastic container. ...
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Buttermilk substitute for making creme fraiche?

I want to make creme fraiche. I have 2 cups of heavy cream, but I can't find any buttermilk in my Country. I've read that it can be substituted with lemon juice, or vinegar mixed with milk. The ...
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Why are my beets not fermenting?

My first attempt (RAW BEETS) - large mason jars, 2 tbsp sea salt, water up to 1" below lid. After a week I opened the lid to "burp" the gas out, but there was nothing, no fizz, just dead beets in ...
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Why potatoes need to be boiled in order to make alcohol?

I have read a couple of recipes and descriptions of what needs to be done in order to produce alcoholic beverages such as vodka and rum. I was surprised to learn that basically all the sources use ...
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Why did my idli looked cooked from outside but was still mushy inside?

I sometimes try using Homemade batter for making idlis and dosas as I live in the perfect temperate climate which is required for fermenting the batter properly and wish to cut down on the ...
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What's the best container to ferment vegetables?

I'm brand new to fermenting. Popular purchases are Ohio stoneware crocks and A German style air-lock ceramic crock for fermenting the harvest. (pictured in order below) I'm interested in smaller ...
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Salt for Sauerkraut

I am looking to trial making some Sauerkraut at home. I have been recommended getting canning salt. Trouble is the only available source is too much, at too high a price. What other salts, readily ...
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How do you create and store bacteria cultures for fermenting?

I'm very new to fermenting and am typically doing it with vegetables pressed under either salt or salt and water. I've come across several sites teaching about how bacteria cultures can be used in ...
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How to best prepare Sukimono

I am trying to make Sukimono, which is a Japanese type of fermented green cabbage. I'm completely new to fermenting and my first batch came out a bit too salty. I weighted the cabbage down in salt ...
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Is Jalebi acidic?

I would like to know if Jalebi is acidic or not? I want to create a dish using milk and Jalebi. But if Jalebi is acidic in nature than it will react with the milk and may make my recipe a dud. If it ...
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Is Nattou safe to eat when it has white dots on it?

I bought a couple packs of Nattou (fermented soybeans) and stored it in my refrigerator. They come sealed in plastic, so I opened the plastic and only ate about half of one container. I wrapped it ...
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Why does my beet kvass taste bad?

I took 4 medium beets, chopped them up in a medium dice, put the beets in a 1-gallon Pickl-It jar. I added 1 ½ tablespoon unrefined sea salt, added filtered water to ½ inch below lid, and closed with ...
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Using Sourdough Breads to reduce Fructans

Short version: How can you minimise the fructan content of a spelt sourdough loaf? Is using a freshly rebuilt starter (low acidity, low sourness) ok? Is 9-10 hours of proofing enough, or should I ...
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How to make beet kvass in Winter?

I often make fermented beet kvass. This was going well in summer, but now in the colder weather the environment is too cold for the kvass to ferment properly. The home temperature is 60F, but the ...
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What is causing my sauerkraut to smell sweet?

I've been fermenting a batch of sauerkraut and it's been going for about a month. It's tasted great and has just recently started to develop some winey flavors. Today I checked the crock and there is ...