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Adventures With Food, Since 2016

Have We Cracked The Code on Blaand?, Part 1

Have you heard of Blaand? If you have, you’re likely enthralled by the (possibly false) legend of Viking whey-wine. If you haven’t, let me share some of what I’ve learned, while I sit warily eyeing a cup of whey wine… Continue Reading →

Quarantine Koji

It goes without saying that for much of the world, and certainly here in the US, 2020 has been an exceedingly unusual and disrupted year. For many – myself included – March and April were all about sourdough. But I… Continue Reading →

Is Fermented Honey-Garlic a Botulism Risk?

It seems like everybody is making honey-garlic ferments these days, but all across the internet, there’s a lurking fear that honey-garlic may secretly harbor botulism. Some of this makes sense – there’s a general misconception that garlic is somehow a… Continue Reading →

Kombucha’s Amazing Microbial Diversity

People get pretty invested in their kombucha brews, and plenty of misinformation circulates about what kombucha is or is not. In this ongoing, always-to-be-updated post, we’ll look at the catalog of creatures that different research teams have identified when they’ve… Continue Reading →

Acidity and pH: Two fermentation values with two different meanings

Introductory note: I’m not a scientist, just a ferment geek. If I misstate information in this post, please leave a correction in comments or email stacie@multicultured.org.  Fermenters have a specific interest in pH changes in the food and beverages we’re… Continue Reading →

What is Kahm Yeast, and What Does Kahm Do?

In fermentation, we talk a lot about the dreaded “kahm yeast.” This is a surface growth of unwanted organisms that can impart unpleasant aromatics and flavors to our lovingly crafted foods. But anyone who’s tried to explore the topic further has… Continue Reading →

Vinegar Basics

Vinegar is one of those entirely misunderstood but constantly used edibles. It’s mixed into salad dressings and marinades, used as an eco-friendly household cleaner, and even applied topically as shampoo and a skin toner. But what is vinegar, and where… Continue Reading →

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