Spring is Alive!!

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my fermentation experiments continue. warm weather is allowing me to open windows and attract - in my own mind anyway - lots of wild airborne yeasts for my fermented vegetables, kombucha, and now sourdough starter. did you know you can just make your own friggin sourdough starter? it's true, you do NOT need someone to give you a starter. you need water, flour and patience.

essentially, you take equal parts water and flour, mix it up, and let it sit for a while, about a week. stir it often to stimulate the process by distributing the yeasts.

the temperature in my house is erratic, so i placed mine in a ball jar in my bedroom, and tried to keep that temperature more stable with a space heater. i was sure it wasn't working, it was just a liquid mess. i took some advice from the wild fermentation book and dropped some blueberries in there. that white stuff on the outside of berries and grapes is natural, wild yeast, attracted to the fruit. drop those in there whole to introduce good yeasts. being winter, my berries were imported, so they're not truly wild NJ yeast, but fuck it.

once i did that, i could see things start happening.

the Mr is - we'll call it - tolerant of my little experiments, but remains convinced that i'm breeding botulism and i'm gonna kill us all. so naturally when he asked with a frightened look on his face what "those little black things are" i told him i'm pretty sure it's a good mold, probably some form of beneficial mushroom. heh.

look at that picture. see the little white spots? those are the tiny bubbles of the fermentation. you will see more of them around the blueberries.

and here are the bubbles from the side, see the streaks up the side of the jar? like a beer! a flour beer!

here is what the process of adding flour looks like. the top is separated, more watery and the flour settles on the bottom. i add flour and then stir.

and now i'm at the point of the process where i feed it grain and wait for it to become spongy. here it is with some cooked organic rice. i'm thinking as i cultivate this, i will use rye.

my first bread will be the "recycled grain bread," which i've never tried before. it's when you throw in all your friggin grains and see what happens. i kinda like that idea.

meanwhile my bedroom smells like a country home. really, it's amazing, it smells so comforting and nice. my kid walked in my room and said, "it smells like REAL AIR in here! have you had the windows open all day?"

p.s. the Valient is on the road. that.... doesn't smell quite so fresh. but i'm working on it.