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.
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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