I added three new cultures to my collection this year, bringing the total to seven! This has me planning new workshops for the coming year and learning as much as I can about how best to care for these little wonders. And of course, how best to enjoy them!
Keeping these three new cultures happy, in addition to my water kefir, milk kefir, kombucha and sourdough cultures has been a bit of a juggling act. Though some can take a break in the fridge I like to keep everyone active, and that means tracking a lot of fermentation. Different cultures have different periods of fermentation, different feeding needs and sometimes different temperature needs. And there are seven of them!
Last year I downloaded Fermentor, an app that tracks fermentation times and sends you a reminder when its time to move to the next step. It comes preloaded with a few templates for making your own hot sauce and other simple ferments, but I have primarily used my own. It’s been very handy but does take some getting used to, I wish some parts of it were a bit slicker but it is the best one out there. And it’s free!