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January 14, 2016 Drinks, Fermenting, Fermenting, Recipes, Recipes, Tips & Techniques

Winter Herb Kvass from Ferment Your Vegetables

Yesterday, we enjoyed a very informative session with Richard Kralj, M.Ed, RDN, LDN a Food Safety & Quality-Senior Extension Educator with Penn State Cooperative Extension, on the basics of pressure canning. We’ll share some tips we learned in a future post. We also welcomed Amanda Feifer, the fermentation educator and author of Ferment Your Vegetables, to our booth. She shared some recipes and answered lots of questions about fermenting! We are sharing one of the recipes from her new book – Winter Herb Kvass (see below).

Amanda will join us in the booth again today. Here’s the PA Farm Show schedule for today.

January 14

FarmShow AdAmanda Feifer, the fermentation educator and author of Ferment Your Vegetables, will kick off the day at the Family Living Main Stage. Amanda will continue fermentation demos throughout the day at Fillmore Container’s booth. Lisa Reinhart will close out the day with Apple Maple Jam from Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin.

10-11am Beet kvass@ Family Living Stage
1:30pm Fun with Sauerkraut
3:00pm Yogurt and Kefir
4:00pm Pickled Vegetables

Winter Herb Kvass

Excerpted from Ferment Your Vegetables by Amanda Feifer (Fair Winds Press, October 2015).

The city of Geneva, Switzerland, might as well be the set of a spaghetti western for the number of tumbleweeds that roll through town during ski season. With snow falling in the nearby Alps, residents flee to the hills, snowboards and skis in hand. I’ve never enjoyed being cold or falling on my butt, so my go-to activity when I lived in Geneva was to accompany friends up the hill. While they skied, I hiked through the snowy pines and soaked up the winter sun. Each intensely herbaceous and woody gulp of this kvass reminds me of pine trees and sunshine on the chilly slopes.Winter Herb KvassWM

IngredientsKvass in JarWM

1 large radish, sliced into 3 pieces
1 large bunch (60 g) fresh thyme
1 large bunch (60 g) fresh rosemary
1 large bunch (60 g) fresh sage
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3 quarts (2820 ml) filtered water

Place the radish, whole herb bunches, and salt into a 1-gallon (3.8 kg) jar and pour the filtered water in until the jar is full to 2 inches (5 cm) below the rim, or fill all the way to the rim and place in a bowl for the entirety of the fermentation. Cover your jar, making sure it can vent CO2, and leave to ferment at room temperature for 5 to 7 days. Strain the liquid into a clean jar and chill before drinking. This mixture may be fermented for longer than 7 days, but the flavor starts to become quite woodsy.

Yield: 3 quarts (2820 ml)Kvass FermentingWM

We recently tested this recipe from Amanda, using the last remaining herbs from our garden. We tried one batch with the white plastic lid resting on top of the jar and one with our reCap, rubber stopper and an airlock. While it was impossible to create identical environments inside both jars, we are  curious to see if they exhibit any significant variations.

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Giveaways

We hope you’ll stop by and see more great recipes, being demonstrated at our Preservation Station. You can find our full schedule of demos here. Don’t forget to enter two great giveaways we have happening! Win a Fermenting Kit or a Canning Kit.

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  1. Vickie Herrmann Posted January 14, 2016 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    After seeing and tasting the results of yesterday’s radish fermentation demonstration I definitely want to try my fermenting in the near future. Thanks for setting up the demos!

    • Lisa Reinhart Posted January 22, 2016 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

      We’re so glad that you enjoyed them Vickie and thank you for letting us know! Did you get to taste the sample of krauts that Amanda brought? I’m now a cold kraut convert!