I few weeks ago I kicked off three new food projects. From left to right:
- Beet Kvass – Basically ferment some beets for a couple of days and then drink the juice. It tasted fine, but since I have nothing to compare it to, I don’t know how well my ferment went. The remaining beets were later roasted and then blended into a soup. I seemed to have lost my notes, so the next time I attempt this, I will start from scratch.
- Fermented Salsa – This was my first vegetable ferment that used whey. The ferment went three days and tasted great to me. I didn’t measure anything. Just added salsa like ingredients such as tomatoes, cilantro, hot peppers and salt. Then I took an immersion blender and topped it off with whey from the top of my yogurt.
- Red Clover Infusion – Did you know those red clover “weeds” can be infused to make a tasty beverage? Supposedly there are health benefits as well. Just add 1/2 to 1 ounce red clover into a quart jar, add warm water, let it sit overnight, strain off clovers, refrigerate and then drink.
Beet Kvass, Fermented Salsa, Red Clover Infusion
Sep 26, 2012 — 12:23 pm
i made beet kvass once and didn’t think it tasted fermented enough. didn’t have the tang i was suspecting. i let it ferment longer but didn’t get what i expected. may have been perfect but i had no perspective to judge against. been meaning to try again.
what was your experience with it?
Sep 26, 2012 — 5:07 pm
@chuck – My experience was the same as yours. Sweet without tang. I need to try a good kvass so I have a marker to shoot for.
Sep 26, 2012 — 9:10 pm
I had a similar experience with kvass that was only fermented 3 days (per Nourishing Traditions) and just tasted salty without much flavor or kick. I let it ferment another week or two (can’t remember) at room temp and then moved it to the fridge, where it got forgotten for a month or so. I just tried it and I think it turned out really good, although a little too salty. It has a similar taste and texture to what I’ve purchased at the store; slightly thickened, a little sweet, tangy, and lightly carbonated.
On a side note, any idea why all the NT vegetable fermentation recipes are for such a short time? I usually measure the time in weeks or months, so I just can’t see how 3 days would do much of anything.
Sep 26, 2012 — 9:12 pm
@Jesse – I don’t have a copy of NT around, but I recall most of their veggie ferments used whey and were not wild fermentation. That might speed up the ferment. 3 days does seem short.