add kefir to the list...
i bought grains tonight from kefirlady.com. it should arrive next week, i assume. what started this: i bought a jug of kefir from trader joe's today. i split it between two quarts of milk and will leave it for a while. it essentially yields 2 quarts of kefir from a single 16 ounce jug. again, i'll post more info. soon. while reading all over to figure out how to culture the kefir from the store to a larger amount, i got super interested in kefir grains and powdered milk.
the kraut is still going. i added more brine to the kraut after i tasted it initially. i tasted it just three days ago and it was far too salty for my taste, so i pitched that container of kraut. i'll taste what will be a 3 week old kraut that has not been disturbed. there is a layer of soft fungus of some kind at the top, which i'll scrape off. i have a 2 quart crock that i'll use for my next kraut batch. i'm on the lookout for free crock pots on craigslist or freecycle; i'll toss the burner part and keep the crock for fermenting..
i'm trying a greek style yogurt today as a starter. also, i'm switching to pint jars instead of quart jars for reasons of portability and that i can keep a better temperature control on a smaller amount per jar. beyond that, i have far more pint jars than quart jars and they're easier to sterilize. the greek yogurt lacked a sharp tang, so i'm not holding my breath about whether or not it cultures well. it did claim to have a wider variety of cultures available.