Not that long ago we talked about taking care of your ferments when it gets hot (Taking Care of Your Ferments in the Heat). The weather here is getting cooler and cooler causing me to make some changes again. When I woke up this morning, it was 24F outside and only 63F inside. Ferments are happiest between 68-72 and my house is never that warm in the winter. While things will ferment, they just take longer and I’m impatient.
When things got hot here this summer, I moved my ferments to the coolest location in my house. That happened to be my bedroom closet. I cleared off a shelf and dedicated it to ferments. Turns out that closet is also the warmest location in the house when it’s cold. It’s my temperate zone. It’s still cooler than I would like so to remedy that, I’m placing a seedling mat in there to maintain a warmer temperature. Rather than lay the mats flat and placing the jars on the mat, I’ll place it vertical behind the jars to keep the temperature even throughout. The mat increases the ambient temp by 10-20F and can be controlled with a separate controller device.
These mats work great wrapped around your kombucha vessels too. I’ll be drinking my kombucha this winter weekly instead of every 2 weeks or so.
This Week in Fermenting
Lydia from Divine Health shared this recipe for a Probiotic Rich, Purple and White Fingerling Potato Salad. I just need to find some purple potatoes to make this. Yum!
And, over at The Natural Health Gazette I have an article that sums up everything I want you know about fermenting. Well, as much as I could cram into an 800 word article. Fermented Foods: Their Important Place in the Human Diet. I also share a fantastic recipe for Orange Cumin Carrot Sticks.
And if you missed it last week, KerryAnn stirs things up again with her post regard gas build up in sealed fermentation jars (like Fidos). Why I Won’t Ferment Without a Separate Airlock Part I. I can’t wait for part two!
Don’t forget to check out my review and giveaway for an e-book copy of Lisa Herndon’s new fermentation book “Lisa’s Counter Culture: Pickles and Other Well Bred Food“. Enter code: PickleMeToo at checkout for $15.99 off the e-book (offer good for E-BOOK only).