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GIVEAWAY: Vegetable Starter Culture Fermentation Kit

I’ll let you in on a not-so-secret secret. I don’t like fermenting vegetables with whey as the starter culture. Something about the dairy smell of the whey mixed with the fermenting veggies is simply off putting to me. Rather, when I ferment vegetables, I either do a wild ferment, or I use a vegetable starter culture.

Have you ever used a vegetable starter culture? They’re wonderful. They help your veggie ferments get consistent results. (Nothing is more disappointing then making a familiar ferment and having it fail.) I use the vegetable starter culture to ferment raisin chutney, salad dressing, dill pickle relish, mayonnaise, mustard, and ketchup. You can use it to make sauerkraut or kimchi. Really, you can use it to ferment just about any vegetable.

This week, Wise Choice Market is generously giving away 2 packages of Caldwell’s vegetable starter culture and two 1/2 pound bags of a fine sea salt to use for fermenting to two of my lucky readers.


What You’ll Win

One of my lucky readers will win:

  • 2 packages of Caldwell’s vegetable starter culture
  • 2 half pound bags of fine sea salt

How To Enter

1. Click on the link below and sign up for Wise Choice Market’s newsletter (REQUIRED). Anyone who attempts to enter the giveaway without first doing this will lose their entries.

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After you’ve signed up for the newsletter, you must come back here and comment letting me know you’ve done so.

2. All additional optional entries are being managed by Rafflecopter. Please use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.


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This giveaway is open to U.S. Residents only and will run through next Monday April 23rd. The winner will be announced later that week. Good luck!

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207 Responses to GIVEAWAY: Vegetable Starter Culture Fermentation Kit
  1. ryan
    April 17, 2012 | 12:46 pm

    done!
    :)

  2. Micki
    April 17, 2012 | 12:49 pm

    Task complete.

  3. vicki browne
    April 17, 2012 | 12:49 pm

    hi. i’d love to try the starter. all signed up!

  4. j
    April 17, 2012 | 12:50 pm

    i signed up for the newsletter

  5. katie diamond
    April 17, 2012 | 12:51 pm

    done! i want your raisin chutney recipe, please!

  6. Susan H.
    April 17, 2012 | 12:51 pm

    I signed up for newsletter

  7. Jen
    April 17, 2012 | 12:52 pm

    All done!

  8. grace
    April 17, 2012 | 12:53 pm

    Have always wanted to ferment my own…thanks for the giveaway! I am entered:)

  9. Erin
    April 17, 2012 | 12:53 pm

    Did it!!!

  10. Joy at The Liberated Kitchen
    April 17, 2012 | 12:58 pm
  11. Portia
    April 17, 2012 | 1:01 pm

    Signed up! Thank you! :-)

  12. Janna
    April 17, 2012 | 1:02 pm

    Very cool, I’m glad to learn about this product. I’ve had large batches of sauerkraut turn out bad and it’s so disappointing.

  13. Bridgette
    April 17, 2012 | 1:02 pm

    Signed up for the newsletter!

  14. Renatusik
    April 17, 2012 | 1:18 pm

    all done :)

  15. Beth
    April 17, 2012 | 1:18 pm

    Joined. Thanks!

  16. Sam Berst
    April 17, 2012 | 1:27 pm

    I signed up! Thanks!

  17. Lisa P.
    April 17, 2012 | 1:35 pm

    Check!

  18. Kristen
    April 17, 2012 | 1:44 pm

    What a great giveaway! Looking forward to learning more about Wise Choice Market!

  19. Amber
    April 17, 2012 | 1:48 pm

    Pick me! Pick me!

  20. Julie
    April 17, 2012 | 1:50 pm

    I’ve signed up! Thanks!

  21. Reanna
    April 17, 2012 | 1:59 pm

    entered all three ways

  22. Tina
    April 17, 2012 | 2:07 pm

    Signed up:)

  23. Jenae
    April 17, 2012 | 2:10 pm

    Done and done. Thanks for this giveaway. It is so timely, as I just spent yesterday reading up on all the health benefits of fermented food. Now I’m ready to get started! Now I just need the supplies!

  24. Elizabeth D.
    April 17, 2012 | 2:31 pm

    signed up and hoping to win! thanks for the giveaway!

  25. Aubrey
    April 17, 2012 | 2:37 pm

    Signed up!

  26. Weston
    April 17, 2012 | 2:37 pm

    Done :D thank you

  27. Rebecca Weiss
    April 17, 2012 | 2:59 pm

    I signed up for the veggie culture starter (non/dairy)

  28. Debbie
    April 17, 2012 | 3:26 pm

    signed up for giveaway. Hope i win!

  29. Naomi
    April 17, 2012 | 3:43 pm

    I signed up for their newsletter!

  30. Dana Connor
    April 17, 2012 | 3:52 pm

    All signed up! Hope I win, about to make some more cultured vegetables.

  31. fat lazy celiac
    April 17, 2012 | 3:56 pm

    I’ve been considering ordering this, so this post may have just pushed me over the edge!

  32. Laura
    April 17, 2012 | 5:15 pm

    I just signed up for the newsletter! This sounds so interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!

  33. Sandy Kraha
    April 17, 2012 | 6:52 pm

    love to ferment

  34. M. Lillian Hughes
    April 17, 2012 | 7:32 pm

    I’ve signed up for the newsletter and completed all other steps to enter the giveaway. Please pick me! :-)

  35. Leslie
    April 17, 2012 | 7:42 pm

    I signed up!

  36. Florence
    April 17, 2012 | 7:44 pm

    Done! :)

  37. amanda abegglen
    April 17, 2012 | 8:08 pm

    done. i have been gearing up to do my first fermentation project since having ginger carrots last week!

  38. Susanne
    April 17, 2012 | 8:33 pm

    Done! Been itching to make some of my own pickles and ketchup!

  39. Carol M
    April 17, 2012 | 8:41 pm

    I am signed up for the newsletter

  40. Mara
    April 17, 2012 | 8:42 pm

    All signed up! Just learned how to make kombucha. Next on list is to learn to ferment veggies. This would give me a great start! Thanks!

  41. Melissa Ledet
    April 17, 2012 | 8:52 pm

    I just signed up and I’d love to try fermenting!

  42. Julie Pryor
    April 17, 2012 | 10:00 pm

    I just entered and am very interested in trying fermenting! A friend turned me onto your site, and I am so excited about all the great information and suggestions you provide. Thank you!!!

  43. Katherine
    April 17, 2012 | 10:25 pm

    I signed up!

  44. Christi
    April 17, 2012 | 10:32 pm

    I just signed up for the newsletter and look forward to finding out more about this company and their products. Thank you for the opportunity to win a freebie!

  45. Lauren Klouda
    April 17, 2012 | 10:38 pm

    Signed up for the newsletter at Wise Choice Market!

  46. Rhonda Rogalski
    April 17, 2012 | 10:52 pm

    All signed up for the newsletter. Thanks for the opportunity to win. I am new to your site and very excited about changing the way I not only view and purchase food but the adventure of creating it myself in a healthy manner. Thank you!

  47. Ana
    April 17, 2012 | 11:09 pm

    I am signed up! :)

  48. Rhonda
    April 17, 2012 | 11:53 pm

    Task complete, I cant wait to try fermenting veggies using a starter culture instead of whey.

  49. Candice
    April 18, 2012 | 1:12 am

    Done, signed up!

  50. Nicole
    April 18, 2012 | 1:48 am

    I signed up! I am actually so glad I read this post! I just bought a ton of organic cabbage and was getting ready to make Kimchi! It’s my first attempt and I don’t want to mess it up. I’m definitely going to do some more reading up before I have a go. Thanks for helping me go a little further down the rabbit hole! I can’t wait to tell my husband what else I learned(I’m sure he can’t wait to hear either!)!

  51. ashleyk
    April 18, 2012 | 1:52 am

    I can’t see the Wise Choice Market sign up link?? Is it supposed to show up on rafflecopter?

  52. Susan
    April 18, 2012 | 4:21 am

    Signed up. Thank you.

  53. Patti
    April 18, 2012 | 5:38 am

    Done. Thank you.

  54. Marilyn
    April 18, 2012 | 6:11 am

    Did it!

  55. Susanne
    April 18, 2012 | 6:54 am

    I subscribed to the newsletter. I’ve made ferments with and without whey, and would be very interested in trying them with this starter culture.

  56. Adrienne @ Whole New Mom
    April 18, 2012 | 6:58 am

    Signed up fo the newsletter with adrienneturban at gmail dot com or wholenewmom at gmail dot com

  57. Diane
    April 18, 2012 | 7:26 am

    I signed up for the newsletter. Am glad to know about this product! Thanks!

  58. Maggie
    April 18, 2012 | 7:33 am

    Signed up. Thank you!

  59. Helen
    April 18, 2012 | 8:41 am

    Done, signed up. Thanks

  60. Lillian D
    April 18, 2012 | 8:45 am

    Done!

  61. Abby J.
    April 18, 2012 | 9:29 am

    Done! I would love that raisin chutney recipe. Actually, any fermented condiment recipe would be a great thing to have in my kitchen – I love your enzyme rich mayo.

  62. Tammy R.
    April 18, 2012 | 9:31 am

    I signed up for Wise Choice Market’s newsletter. Thanks for the chance. I completely agree with you on fermenting with whey, I’ve been unable to get past the smell too.

  63. Kristin
    April 18, 2012 | 9:48 am

    I signed up! Good luck everyone!

  64. Mirna
    April 18, 2012 | 10:05 am

    Done : )

  65. Rita
    April 18, 2012 | 10:38 am

    Signed up. Thank you for the opportunity! Have been talking to a friend that ferments a lot of his veggies and have been thinking about trying it. Maybe I will!

  66. Anne W.
    April 18, 2012 | 10:41 am

    I’m signed up for your newsletter.

  67. Karen
    April 18, 2012 | 11:11 am

    Signed up for newsletter!

  68. Christiana
    April 18, 2012 | 11:44 am

    I did it, too!

  69. Linda Perkins
    April 18, 2012 | 11:48 am

    I signed up…was just trying to learn about fermented foods when I came across this.

  70. Cheryl Schaberg
    April 18, 2012 | 1:34 pm

    Thanks for the information. I agree. Can’t wait to try Caldwell’s starter!

  71. Jesse
    April 18, 2012 | 2:37 pm

    I signed up! Thank you for the chance to win these!

  72. Shirley
    April 18, 2012 | 4:11 pm

    Just signed up to be a winner, I hope!!!!!!! I have been seriously considering fermenting vegetables. I ferment kefir and I am learning about Kombucha. Now to learn about other fermented foods.

  73. Jean
    April 18, 2012 | 4:12 pm

    ‘done!

  74. Jan
    April 18, 2012 | 5:02 pm

    Done!!

  75. Maria
    April 18, 2012 | 9:45 pm

    Signed up for newsletter

  76. Krista Harris
    April 18, 2012 | 10:58 pm

    Signed up for the newsletter.

  77. Ceejay
    April 18, 2012 | 11:29 pm

    I signed up for the newsletter

  78. Becka
    April 19, 2012 | 9:31 am

    signed up and hoping to win!

  79. ruth
    April 19, 2012 | 1:39 pm

    Signed up

  80. Ruby Saldaña
    April 19, 2012 | 2:17 pm

    Completed my entry! Thanks!

  81. vivian
    April 19, 2012 | 2:34 pm

    Thank you for alerting me to this on-line store, I have a hard time finding these products around here. I’m excited for the chance to win some things to help me begin fermenting, and I appreciate your great information!

  82. Kathryn Gustafson
    April 19, 2012 | 2:37 pm

    I did it.

  83. Linda M Nilsen
    April 19, 2012 | 2:44 pm

    I am all signed up. thank you
    Linda

  84. DrMommaLaelle
    April 19, 2012 | 2:50 pm

    Signed up for the newsletter. Thanks!

  85. Nichole
    April 19, 2012 | 2:52 pm

    I get their e-mails already :)

  86. Molly
    April 19, 2012 | 2:56 pm

    YAY!! I’m signed up. Here’s to good karma and luck!!

  87. Lorrie
    April 19, 2012 | 2:56 pm

    Done.

  88. JFox
    April 19, 2012 | 2:58 pm

    Just entered! So excited to maybe try my hand at fermenting!

  89. Rachel
    April 19, 2012 | 3:01 pm

    Exciting!

  90. Terry
    April 19, 2012 | 3:06 pm

    Done! Thanks

  91. Krista W.
    April 19, 2012 | 3:07 pm

    Signed up for the newsletter. Thanks!

  92. Arika Long
    April 19, 2012 | 3:08 pm

    Just signed up for the Wise Choice newsletter and would love to be included for a chance to win the starter culture and salt. Thank you for all the work you put in – my family greatly appreciates your insights, advice and recipes!

  93. Melissa B.
    April 19, 2012 | 3:12 pm

    I entered the giveaway on their site! Thanks!

  94. Peggy Gnehm
    April 19, 2012 | 3:12 pm

    Looking forward to trying veggie fermentation. I hope I win the contest!

  95. Mike
    April 19, 2012 | 3:13 pm

    I did it!

  96. Diane
    April 19, 2012 | 3:15 pm

    I’m signed up.

  97. SYLVIA
    April 19, 2012 | 3:16 pm

    Signed up for the newsletter

  98. Neesha
    April 19, 2012 | 3:17 pm

    Instructions followed through to completion, Captain!

  99. Angelo R
    April 19, 2012 | 3:18 pm

    Done and done.

  100. marion
    April 19, 2012 | 3:24 pm

    signed up for newsletter :-)

  101. Kim
    April 19, 2012 | 3:25 pm

    Done! Thanks!

  102. Judith
    April 19, 2012 | 3:25 pm

    Signed up for the giveaway. I Have never used a vegetable culture when I ferment veggies. Would love to try it. Thanks

  103. Maria
    April 19, 2012 | 3:26 pm

    Just signed up – hope I win!

  104. Hugh
    April 19, 2012 | 3:28 pm

    Got the newsletter – would love to win.

  105. theresemarie
    April 19, 2012 | 3:30 pm

    completed!

  106. Mary Beth Elderton
    April 19, 2012 | 3:32 pm

    I signed up for the newsletter!

  107. Rebekah
    April 19, 2012 | 3:35 pm

    I want to win!

  108. laurie S
    April 19, 2012 | 3:39 pm

    Done, thanks for the great giveaway! I’d be doing happy dances if I won, and got to try your products.

  109. Lori Foltz
    April 19, 2012 | 3:39 pm

    I signed up for the Wise Choice Market’s newsletter!

  110. sue
    April 19, 2012 | 3:41 pm

    HI ! I signed up for the newsletter and entered to WIN! I’d LOVE to try another starter besides whey!

  111. Rachel
    April 19, 2012 | 3:41 pm

    Done!

  112. vivien
    April 19, 2012 | 3:44 pm

    done.

  113. sue
    April 19, 2012 | 3:50 pm

    hey – I’ll try this again – not sure what ‘moderation’ is? !!

  114. Joy Bellamy
    April 19, 2012 | 3:50 pm

    All signed up. Great timing for this contest since I have been reading how our gut needs fermented foods. Looking forward to my first batch. THANKS!!

  115. roma hampton
    April 19, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    Hope I win! I make fermented vegetables by only using a brine. Would be interested to see what differnce the starter makes.

  116. Erica
    April 19, 2012 | 4:05 pm

    Would love to try this!

  117. Joan Jaindl
    April 19, 2012 | 4:12 pm

    I’m a new subscriber!

  118. Emily
    April 19, 2012 | 4:16 pm

    I signed up for the Wise Choice newsletter.

  119. Emily S.
    April 19, 2012 | 4:19 pm

    I’m signed up with Wise Choice.

  120. beth
    April 19, 2012 | 4:32 pm

    signed up for the newsletter!

  121. Sherry
    April 19, 2012 | 4:40 pm

    okey dokey– now i want some kimchi.

  122. Jon
    April 19, 2012 | 4:42 pm

    signed up for the newsletter

  123. Andrea
    April 19, 2012 | 4:51 pm

    Signed up!

  124. Laurel
    April 19, 2012 | 4:52 pm

    I signed up for the Wise Choice newsletter.

  125. elaine
    April 19, 2012 | 5:11 pm

    i’ve signed up for their newsletter—i did use a different email though:)

  126. Rachel Z.
    April 19, 2012 | 5:13 pm

    I signed up for the newsletter!

  127. Lisa H
    April 19, 2012 | 5:17 pm

    I signed up for the Wise Choice newsletter.

  128. Deb
    April 19, 2012 | 5:23 pm

    Signed up for the Wise Choice newsletter. Enjoyed reading your ideas about whey and veggies. Am very new to this.

  129. Linda
    April 19, 2012 | 5:28 pm

    Boy look at all of the cultured people! I’ve completed all necessary requirements also.

  130. jordan
    April 19, 2012 | 5:38 pm

    signed up

  131. Jill Francis
    April 19, 2012 | 5:43 pm

    Task completed. Hope to win! I regularly ferment many foods & beverages. My 17 year old daughter and I have have Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue and fermented foods make a huge difference in our health!

  132. Carole Jenisch
    April 19, 2012 | 5:50 pm

    I’ve signed up for their newsletter. Thanks for the chance to win!

  133. Sonya
    April 19, 2012 | 6:03 pm

    Awesome giveaway! Thanks :)

  134. Maureen
    April 19, 2012 | 6:44 pm

    Task complete. Thanks

  135. Peter R.
    April 19, 2012 | 6:53 pm

    Hoping to win the giveaway. That would be awesome!

  136. sandra lee
    April 19, 2012 | 7:15 pm

    already signed up for their newsletter

  137. Shari Wiseman
    April 19, 2012 | 7:15 pm

    Would love to win the giveaway as I would like to try an alternative to culturing with whey.

  138. Judy M
    April 19, 2012 | 7:29 pm

    Signed up for the newsletter and I am following you on Pinterest, plus I “liked” you on Facebook. I am already getting your updates and learning a lot!

  139. Nicholas Storman
    April 19, 2012 | 7:39 pm

    Darn I guess I’m not entered I did rafflecopter first ..(.

  140. Nicholas Storman
    April 19, 2012 | 7:40 pm

    But I did sign up for the newsletter

  141. Kim
    April 19, 2012 | 7:42 pm

    I’ve already been receiving these newsletters, but done!

  142. Nance
    April 19, 2012 | 7:49 pm

    Hey. I’m signed up and ready to start fermenting!:)

  143. Naomi
    April 19, 2012 | 7:54 pm

    You said above, “Rather, when I ferment vegetables, I either do a wild ferment, or I use a vegetable starter culture.”

    Have you posted anything about that “wild ferment”? I’d like to hear about it.

  144. Magda
    April 19, 2012 | 8:21 pm

    I signed up!

  145. Deb
    April 19, 2012 | 8:22 pm

    I just signed up for the newsletter.

  146. Chandra Fischer
    April 19, 2012 | 8:25 pm

    All signed up!

  147. Kate
    April 19, 2012 | 8:49 pm

    I signed up for the email list and am excited to get a chance at winning these! :)

  148. hannahgirotti
    April 19, 2012 | 8:58 pm

    I just signed for their emails…. maybe if I win this it will get me started on making cultured veggies, which I have wanted to try.

  149. steve
    April 19, 2012 | 9:00 pm

    Signed up. Looks very interesting.

  150. Emily
    April 19, 2012 | 9:29 pm

    I signed up for the newsletter.

  151. Kelly Marks
    April 19, 2012 | 9:59 pm

    I am so glad I found your website! I would just love to win that starter kit! Thanks for all the great information by the way!

  152. Megan
    April 19, 2012 | 10:07 pm

    Signed-up, thanks for the opportunity to try this out.

  153. Kaitlin @ More Like Mary
    April 19, 2012 | 10:08 pm

    did it!

  154. Rose Mckinney
    April 19, 2012 | 10:09 pm

    I have entered your drawing and I hope I do win. I am new to fermenting my veggies but have read much about it and have heard that it is one of the best ways to improve my health.

  155. Melody
    April 19, 2012 | 10:12 pm

    signed up for the newsletter!

  156. terra
    April 19, 2012 | 10:14 pm

    Subscribed, liked, followed, entered!
    Thanks!

  157. Rust
    April 19, 2012 | 10:31 pm

    Signed up – thanks!

  158. Jaime
    April 19, 2012 | 11:07 pm

    Did it. Love using a culture starter and have never tried this one: )

  159. Ruth
    April 19, 2012 | 11:11 pm

    I’ve signed up for the newsletter as you requested.

  160. Ilsa
    April 19, 2012 | 11:12 pm

    Thank you for this opportunity! : )

  161. Charles S. Carter Jr.
    April 20, 2012 | 2:00 am

    I have entered!

  162. Lisa
    April 20, 2012 | 4:59 am

    did it! thanks for another great giveaway!

  163. Karen S.
    April 20, 2012 | 5:56 am

    Thanks for this giveaway. I’m signed up.

  164. Andrea Farrington
    April 20, 2012 | 7:00 am

    I have signed up for the newsletter.

  165. Megan
    April 20, 2012 | 8:31 am

    I just entered and I already get the Caldwell’s newsletter. I actually just started a batch of kraut with their starter…it is the best!!!

  166. loura
    April 20, 2012 | 9:35 am

    Signed up!

  167. Esther
    April 20, 2012 | 11:34 am

    I signed up. Thank you!!

  168. Victoria M.
    April 20, 2012 | 1:26 pm

    Newsletter, check!

  169. Deanna D
    April 20, 2012 | 1:59 pm

    Signed up!

  170. Beth
    April 20, 2012 | 2:12 pm

    Love your website. Very much looking forward to making homemade sauerkraut and pickles!

  171. Lou Bradshaw
    April 20, 2012 | 2:31 pm

    Just entered the giveaway contest!

  172. Rose Bohmann
    April 20, 2012 | 3:07 pm

    signed up for the newsletter!

  173. B
    April 20, 2012 | 6:36 pm

    DONE!

    I hope I win it. Yippee :D

  174. Hannah
    April 20, 2012 | 7:11 pm

    I’ve signed up for the newsletter!

  175. jody
    April 20, 2012 | 8:41 pm

    i signed up for newsletter after i did the pinterest and facebook follow. Hope it still works.:)

  176. Amy
    April 20, 2012 | 9:47 pm

    I did it!

  177. Alida Rodriguez
    April 21, 2012 | 12:04 am

    Signed up!

  178. Alida Rodriguez
    April 21, 2012 | 12:04 am

    Liked on FB

  179. Alida Rodriguez
    April 21, 2012 | 12:05 am

    Following on Pintrest!

  180. Ellen turnquist
    April 21, 2012 | 9:53 am

    I’m back to say I’ve entered the contest and signed up for the newsletter and whatever comes my way. This is a new avenue for me. I’m psyched :)

  181. catherine shaw
    April 21, 2012 | 11:04 am

    Fingers crossed, all signed up!!!! ;)

  182. Caroline
    April 21, 2012 | 1:08 pm

    i did it, i did it!
    yummy – i hope i win:)

  183. do
    April 22, 2012 | 3:51 am

    I’m just now getting into cultured food, glad to have found your site for good information.

  184. Marti
    April 22, 2012 | 8:14 am

    Complete. And getting ready for new life style.

  185. Sheri Decker
    April 22, 2012 | 9:08 am

    Yea!! thx for the opportunity to win. I’ve been thinking about trying to ferment this summers garden vegies…

  186. AJ
    April 22, 2012 | 2:23 pm

    Done

  187. Rachel J.
    April 22, 2012 | 3:27 pm

    I’m already signed up for the newsletter.

  188. Carol Plowman
    April 22, 2012 | 8:43 pm

    I signed up for your newsletter.

  189. D0nna
    April 23, 2012 | 7:48 pm

    all done!

  190. Karen Caruthers
    April 23, 2012 | 7:52 pm

    I signed up for the Wise Choice Market Newsletter

  191. Amanda
    April 23, 2012 | 7:54 pm

    I signed up for Wise Choice Market’s newsletter.

  192. Don Jacobsen
    April 23, 2012 | 7:55 pm

    Did it!!!!! :0)

  193. Melanie G
    April 23, 2012 | 8:25 pm

    I signed up! N

  194. Teri
    April 23, 2012 | 8:26 pm

    Your subscription to our list has been confirmed.

    I can not wait for the newsletter to start. i love trying new recipes

  195. charlotte
    April 23, 2012 | 8:42 pm

    I signed up! Thanks for sharing this company- so excites to start fermenting again!

  196. Cherie
    April 23, 2012 | 8:51 pm

    OK, finally got signed up! I had to disable my add blocker but finally found the link. I am thrilled to get their newsletter since I am a, “just beginning fermenter.” ;)

  197. Debbie E.
    April 23, 2012 | 8:55 pm

    I’m in like Flynn :) Thanks for the giveaway !

  198. Socorro Gomez
    April 23, 2012 | 9:03 pm

    All done, thanks for the opportunity, I tried to do some saurkraut before and failed a couple of times, very disappointed hopefully this time if I win I could try again!!!

  199. Shannan
    April 23, 2012 | 10:25 pm

    I signed up for the newsletter.

  200. Naomi
    April 25, 2012 | 7:44 pm

    Okay, Food Renegade, where is the place where one can ask you a question? It was ignored above, and I realize you were probably just looking for comments about signing up, so I thought I’d try again.

    You said above, “Rather (than use whey), when I ferment vegetables, I either do a wild ferment, or I use a vegetable starter culture.”

    To what method are you referring when you say “wild ferment”?

    • KristenM
      April 25, 2012 | 7:52 pm

      A wild fermentation happens when foods is fermented using the wild bacteria and yeast in the air and on your hands. It’s how you’d make a sourdough starter culture, or how you’d make a traditional sauerkraut (which is just shredded cabbage and salt, left alone to ferment).

      A fairly informative book on the subject is Wild Fermentation.

      • Naomi
        April 26, 2012 | 7:20 am

        I’m trying to figure out something here: if I can ferment foods without whey or a starter culture, then why would I need to purchase a starter culture? Why do most instructions require whey AND salt? I mean, if salt alone will ferment food, why cloud it up with whey or add a starter? Thank you for any light you can shed on this for me!

        • KristenM
          April 26, 2012 | 12:58 pm

          To clarify: the salt doesn’t ferment the food. It just holds off pathogenic bacteria long enough for the good kind of bacteria to take hold of the ferment and overwhelm the bad bacteria out of existence. What ferments the culture is the wild bacteria or yeast.

          A starter culture is like a security blanket. It introduces lots of the good bacteria right off the bat, arguably producing a safer ferment. It also ensures consistency between batches since you’re always introducing the same amounts of the same kinds of bacteria, it increases the predictability of your outcome.

          Also, starter cultures are helpful for specific ferments when you WANT a specific strain of bacteria to produce a certain kind of cheese or yogurt or kefir or sourdough, etc. The specific starter cultures are an important part of what makes mozzarella mozzarella instead of brie.

          • Naomi
            April 28, 2012 | 6:45 am

            Thanks, I get all that, but you were speaking about vegetables, not breads and dairy items. Can I ferment veggies with just salt? I mean besides the sauerkraut? I always understood that cabbage had an extra something not in other veggies that made conditions conducive to fermenting. If I can ferment other vegetables with salt only I’d like to do it. Whey gives my ferments an unappealing cloudy appearance and white clumps throughout. What can you share about this?

  201. Norma
    April 26, 2012 | 7:13 pm

    I have java script enabled and took off the ad blocker, however, I still can not see the link above. I did go onto the WISE CHOICE web site and I could not find a newsletter to sign up for, so I signed up for a 10% off my first order dealy…… hope I did the right thing.
    Thank you
    Norma

    • KristenM
      April 26, 2012 | 7:25 pm

      Oh, you can’t see it because the giveaway’s ended. It ended on Monday the 23rd.

  202. candace
    May 11, 2012 | 12:41 pm

    Very interesting. Until now I have only done Kimche and Sauerkraut. I want to know more!

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