It’s Frickin’ Freezing!

It’s winter here. And when I say winter, I mean it’s cold. Like frickin’ freezing. Like negative frickin’ freezing. We get actual temps of -20F on a fairly regular basis and sometimes as low as -40F. And then it can be windy which drives the “feels like” temp down to -50 to -70F.

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What’s that Stuff Covering My Pickles?!


A very common question I get asked and one I see on many ferment groups on Facebook is, “What is this stuff covering my pickles? Is it mold and do I need to throw them?”

No!!! Don’t throw them! It’s not mold. Mold needs oxygen to grow (which is why you see it […]

Chipotle Pepper Hot Sauce

What’s better than homemade hot sauce? Homemade chipotle pepper hot sauce! Smokey hot goodness in a bottle.

Last year I sold various fermented items at my local farmers market and my hot sauces sold like wild fire. Even though I’m not selling at the market this year, I still have people asking begging for […]

Kombucha Tea Concentrate

These are my kombucha brewing vessels. Aren’t they amazing?! The first one is a toasted oak barrel made specifically for kombucha from Kombucha Kamp. The center handcrafted ceramic crock is also from Kombucha Kamp. The one on the end is a vinegar barrel I bought a few years ago which works great with kombucha. […]

Water Kefir, My High Maintenance Girlfriend


**Update! Wow, after just a few hours of being up, I’ve received a number of comments about how this might scare people away from fermenting. No!!! Please, please don’t read that into this. Most people find water kefir to be one of the easiest ferment. This post is meant for those of us […]