Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Short Ode to Fermentation

As the summer days move on and July goes into full swing, I find myself in the kitchen more often making bubbly brews that are not only delicious but wonderfully nutritious as well, and they keep a very long time. I love this process, a time honored tradition that I think our culture could do with a lot more of.
This process is done by cultures all around the world. When people immigrated here to America they brought their sourdoughs, or various other ferments with them. I, personally, try to ferment everything. From the ketchup that my kids eat, to our mustard, pickles, chutneys, I am even trying, for the first time, a fermented chili sauce. (That will also make a fermented chili paste. Waste not want not.) Today I will share with you the recipe for the mustard (as seen in Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.)

1 1/2 cup ground mustard
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons whey
2 teaspoons sea salt
the juice of one lemon
2 cloves of garlic (pressed, optional)
1 tablespoon honey (optional) (I added more than that.)
2 tablespoons whole mustard seeds

Mix all ingredients together adding more water as needed/desired. Top of jar should be a least one inch above mustard, cover tightly and set out on counter for 3 days. Transfer to cold storage.

Other Great resources for fermenting things:
Wild Fermentation (great website as well as an awesome book!)
Nourishing Traditions (another fabulous book)


  1. I love the idea of Fermentation and fermenting everything that you eat.
    My boys love Tomato Sauce but I am not keen on the ingredients of what the shop brought sauces have to offer :)
    Love the sound of your fermented Chilli Sauce.

    Thanks for sharing your recipe for the mustard.
    Lisa @www.newlifeontheroad.com/

  2. Yummmm...fermentation is a big friend o'mine! <3 Thanks for signing up for the giveaway on my blog, Sherri! :)