Questions tagged [fermentation]

Desired chemical breakdown of a food by a microorganism (bacteria or yeast), and occurs when making foods such as bread, yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, or wine.

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White texture on natto

I'm making first time natto in natto/black garlic pot. So I go by the recepie. First soak beans for 24h then steam to be softer. Put natto starter inside small amount of water and mix it with soya. ...
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How to tell if Koji rice is bad?

I have some store bought Cold Mountain brand Koji rice. On the container it says it keeps in the fridge for "6-12 months". I've had it for about 8 months, but can detect no change from when I bought ...
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Difficulty Working with Koji

I've made a shio koji "starter" using koji-inoculated rice grains, salt, and water, and have added fresh rice to it once in a while to keep it living and fed. I've heard many chefs and home cooks talk ...
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Coconut yoghurt too thick

I've been trying to make a creamy coconut yoghurt in an incubator. Ingredients: Water Coconut milk powder Small amount of store-bought coconut yoghurt The first time it came out too thin. The next ...
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Intense mushrooms carbonation while fermenting

First attempt on fermenting mushrooms. Pretty low experience level in fermenting overall. So, what I did boiled them for a 1.5-2 hours mix broth and salt so it became 2.5% brine fill jar and put in ...
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Does bubbly froth mean my vinegar batch needs trashed?

I have been making apple cider vinegar at home for a while now. My current batch has white powdery, bubbly froth forming on the top of the bottle and some powder at the bottom. What should I do? I ...
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Millet (wild yeast/sourdough) fermentation decreasing thickness of the slurry

In order to reproduce a traditional Turkish drink recipe for Boza. Which has a thick consistency, low alcohol content (around 1%), and a slightly acidic sweet flavor. I'm repeating this two step ...
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Can fermented hot peppers be used to make jam / jelly?

I've had a bountiful hot pepper harvest this year and am trying to find a variety of ways to preserve them. Much of my harvest has been lacto-fermented by puree'ing and brining the peppers with 2% by ...
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Can store bought honey be used to infuse garlic and honey?

The only question I could find about honey infused garlic on the site was Honey-fermented garlic left open overnight but they do not mention what type of Honey they use. From my research I've read: ...
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Has my coconut yoghurt spoiled?

I've made some coconut yoghurt from powdered coconut milk, tapioca flour, maple syrup and a spoonful of store-bought yoghurt. The mixture (apart from the old yoghurt) was simmered for a while, and the ...
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Can I add to lacto-ferment jars as I harvest?

Last year I made lacto-fermented jalapenos from my garden and they were great! I took what was left at the end of the season plus I added some local peppers from the farmer's market in a mason jar and ...
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How to make fluffy Appam without Sweet?

I have seen all recipies of Appam that use sugar for fermenting. How can I make salty tasting fluffy white appam ? I have wasted around 3 kgs of rice trying it but, still unsuccessful.
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Slime in Fermented Pickle brine

I have pickles that have been fermenting for 3 weeks now, which in my experience is the ideal length of time. When I checked on them, there is mucousy slime in the brine. There's no unpleasant ...
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Jammed Jar Spigot

I was experimenting with a continuous brew injera (Ethiopian sourdough pancake) and it was doing excellently dispensing the 1st time. When I dispensed enough I wiped the mouth and that was it, I didn'...
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Mold on a single floating chilli seed in lacto-fermentation. Is this a problem?

I made my first attempt at lacto-fermentation and decided to ferment some chillis. I used a 3% salt water solution and currently 8 days into my first fermentation. I have encountered an issue and ...
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Brown streaking in cooked idli, from white looking batter - what gives?

Batter was made from "double horse" idli mix (which by label only contains rice and urad dal), plus a few fenugreek seeds, ground in a blender as the package recommends, fermented 24h, in european ...
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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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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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Are a few air bubbles in a fermenting pepper jar okay?

I'm making America's Test Kitchen's fermented jalapeno recipe for the first time. Here's a pay-walled link. The general idea is you pack halved-through-the-stem jalapenos, shallots, garlic and lime ...
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Is it acetobacter in the bottom of my caramelized beetroot relish?

I have been making a caramelized beetroot relish for a few years now. It is stored in 320g glass jars which are washed and sterilized and heated in the oven to a temp of 140 deg C. I use the ...
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Soak or Ferment pulses?

What is the science behind soaking pulses? Any way to measure if soaking is complete/done well? What is fermenting of pulses do? What is the science behind it? Is it better to soak or ferment pulses?...
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Black garlic: Is it possible to use a cheap rice cooker's keep warm function to make it?

I've been looking into black garlic and I read that if I take garlic and wrap it in foil and put it in a rice cooker on the keep warm function, it'll work. I have 2 sets of cookers -- I have a ...