Naturally fermented foods use salt (or a culture starter in some cases) to create a welcoming environment for good bacteria. Through the process known as process lacto-fermentation, these probiotic bacteria naturally preserve the ferments and provide the familiar sour taste of sauerkraut and sour pickles. These living cultures enhance the nutritional profile of the ingredients while retaining vitamins and digestive enzymes since no heat or vinegar is used.
In this hands-on workshop we will cover all of your pickle and fermentation questions while we prepare your own custom salt-brined pickles to ferment at home. There will be recipes for Spicy Mustard Carrot Pickles, and Fennel Beets with Rosemary, or you can mix and match spices and vegetables for your own completely unique pickle. There will be plenty of samples to taste for inspiration! Participants will get to take home 2 x 750ml jars of the ferments prepared in class.
At the end of class we will prepare a light rice bowl with tofu and a variety of pickled and fresh veg toppings, along with some of Rebekka’s artisanal Alchemy kombucha to taste.
Rebekka Hutton is the pickle maker and owner of Alchemy Pickle Company. With over 15 years in the hospitality industry, and extensive experience in the tourism, non-profit, and environmental sectors, Rebekka brings unsurpassed skill and passion for sharing knowledge and sustainable, healthy food in order to help grow the good food movement in Canada. Her experience as a cook, program facilitator, fundraiser, and urban farmer are the key to building a food business that draws people who want to learn more about what they put onto their plate.
Alchemy Pickle Company produces regional and seasonal fermented vegetable pickles, sauerkraut and kimchi, and naturally carbonated kombucha with produce purchased direct from Southern Ontario farmers. Since 2012 Rebekka has worked with certified organic farmers, and sells her products through 35 retail partners in the GTA and beyond.
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