When I introduce fermentation to my students, I always ask them what the word "fermentation" brings to mind. As with almost every question that I ask my students, answers vary wildly. For some students, it brings to mind gross rotting things that smell bad; for others, they picture wine, beer, or other alcoholic beverages; and, for a surprisingly large number of students, it makes them think of the game Minecraft (apparently there is an in-game item called fermented spider eyes). In reality, fermentation is a beautifully-designed process that is used in many different products both in the ancient world and in modern society.
At its heart, fermentation is a chemical process that is performed by many living things (including humans!). So, to understand it, you need to know a little bit about living things and a little bit about chemistry. Fear not, though! I am here to lead you through the science of this fascinating process.
Read on as we explore the science of fermentation.
One of the busier parts of our summer this year was selling bread (and other baked goods) at a farmer's market close to home. Getting my oven to turn out 12+ sourdough loaves by 2pm felt like a competition sport in timing and counter space Tetris, but one of the results was that I started feeling confident enough to come up with new bread ideas weekly.
This chocolate swirl bread was one of the results of those experiments. With just a little bit of oil, sugar, and cocoa powder you can transform a basic sourdough loaf into a slightly sweet, dark-chocolate filled treat that would go perfectly with some tea and coffee.
Oh, fungi. What better place to start a new series of articles than with fungi? In homestead life, plants and animals get all the glory, but these useful decomposers should get a turn in the limelight. Indeed, without them, our beloved plants and animals would also cease to be. But why? Let's take a look at that.
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