Category Archives: fermentation

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I have not been sleeping well.  It has been ongoing, but I think it is getting worse.  I am exhausted but not able to sleep.  I don’t get a lot done during the day because I am so tired.  And, since I am awake I go online, which I am sure does not help.  I start looking at ideas for new projects.  I am fermenting vegetables so now I am thinking of planting a vegetable garden in my backyard. But, I have no idea where to begin.  So, I surf the web looking for information on that, instead of relaxing,

 

My psychiatrist prescribed a medicine, trazodone, for sleep.  It is not helping too much.  I asked if it interacted with supplements, like melatonin, and my dr said it would be okay for me so I am going to take both tonight.

 

I have projects stacking up, but the fermenting is taking off.  My pickles turned out good. I set up a second batch with a different type of cucumber. I know you use pickling cucumbers but I can’t find anything with that name.  I have sauerkraut and kimchi that should be done in a week.  I just set up beets to make kvass.  The kimchi tasted good fresh.  That is a short ferment, 8 days.

Image of fermenting vegetables in jars

I see my new therapist for second appointment tomorrow.  The insurance said pending and I was worried they would deny it, but it was eventually approved.  I don’t really know what to talk about except the lack of sleep. 

 

I have been putting off trying to learn to crochet. I have a kit that has a YouTube video but I don’t get it. I looked at wiki how but it confuses me. I have not put much effort into it. I guess I could bring the Internal Family Systems workbook to therapy. I did not know where to start but maybe she will have suggestions.

Fermenting

Image: mason jars with fermenting sauerkraut and pickles

My friend ferments pickles and sauerkraut. He gave me the directions so I set some up. It is pretty simple. Sauerkraut is cabbage and salt. I added some carrots and ginger for flavor. Pickles are salt water and some spices. I watched videos on YouTube and joined a Facebook group for beginning fermenters. There is some conflicting information, so I am going with the fermenting group for advice.

Fermented foods are great for your gut. I thought I would just do these 2 foods, but I have been reading more and interested in adding more. I am going to set up kimchi next. I have the spices just need produce. There is a Korean market near here. Then I might try Kombucha. That is a different type of ferment and for parts you are supposed to put in dark, I think I could cover with a cloth. I have cabinets but I worry about leaking or exploding jars.

I have not made coconut milk yogurt in a long time. Recipe here Coconut milk yogurt Chia pudding is so simple but does not have the probiotics. I am planning to get some going soon. I put away the yogurt maker so I will have to pull it out.

My husband does not understand this hobby. I have not spent too much on it. I have 3 2 qt mason jars. I just bought some lids that exchange gas. Right now I just unscrew a little each day, but they are not producing a lot of gas. Just some bubbles.

I tried a pickle today. It has only been 4 days. It was crunchy but pretty bland. I am not sure I bought the right cucumbers. You need pickling cucumbers, I bought a bag that just said small cucumbers. I am going to let them go for a couple of weeks. I tasted the sauerkraut at the beginning and it was really salty. I am not sure if I made a mistake or if it always starts that way. I am letting that go for 3 weeks.

I found a couple of videos I like.:

http://www.youbrewkombucha.com this channel teaches all about kombucha and how to start making.

This is one on fermenting apple cider vinegar. That is another thing I am interested in trying. Apple or pineapple.