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Fermentation - The Works!: Sauerkraut, Pickles, and All the Beverages

  • private home RSVP for address Oakland, CA United States (map)

Fermentation - The Works!: Sauerkraut, Pickles, and All the Beverages
with K.Ruby Blume
Saturday, October 31, 12:00-4:00PM
private home, RSVP for address in Oakland
sliding scale $50-$85 plus $15 supply fee

Everything you ever wanted to know about fermented vegetables and drink! Come explore the transformative process of micro-organisms in the kitchen! In this class we will learn to harness the microscopic world to enhance flavour, nutrition and digestibility, turning raw organic ingredients into foods and condiments which far surpass their commercially available counterparts. We'll learn about sauerkraut, kim chi, dill pickles, pickled beet, and fermented fruits. Then we'll move on to explore all the drinks: we will learn how to "catch" a wild ginger beer bug, whey sodas, the difference between kombucha and vinegar and how to make them all. You will taste a variety of finished products and take home a wealth of concepts to experiment with.

K.Ruby Blume is an educator, gardener, beekeeper, artist, performer and activist, with 20+ years experience gardening in an urban setting. As a life-long learner, she has studied everything from permaculture to visceral massage and has taught herself cooking, canning and fermentation techniques, as well as how to set tile, install a sink, do electrical wiring, tend a beehive and repair a motorcycle. Ruby holds certificates in permaculture design, massage, somatics and coaching and has studied botany, pollination ecology and native plant ecology at the Tilden Botanic Garden, the Jepson Herbarium and the Sierra Nevada Field Campus. She has extensive experience in the arts including work with ceramic, mosaic, glass, textile, printmaking, puppetry, collage, assemblage, costume design and photography. She is known for her work as founder and artistic director of the art for justice project, Wise Fool Puppet Intervention, and has performed and exhibited her work throughout the Bay Area and beyond since the mid-80s. The product of three generations of teachers, Ruby's experience as an educator extends back thirty years. She has taught music, art, puppetry, theatre, gardening, beekeeping, canning and more to people ages five to ninety-five. She founded The Institute of Urban Homesteading in 2008 and co-authored the book Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living. Ruby teaches much of the core curricula at IUH.