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Our Fermentation Workshops! What to expect?

Aktualisiert: 7. Mai 2023

This post should explain, in more details, how our Fermentation Workshops differ from most of the other ones that are offered here, in Berlin.

Fermentation Workshops - Cafe Bärbucha

So first, our Bärbucha – Kombucha Café & Fermenterei is devoted entirely to fermentation.

After 4 years, it is still the the only place of this kind in Berlin, and actually in the entire Germany.

We have the largest selection of lacto-fermented foods, drinks and pickles.

Pictured below is only a part of our wide assortment.

Bärbuchas fermentierte Produkte

In order to produce all of those Ferments, a vast knowledge and expertise is required.

All of our ferments must be consistently good, batch after batch. So our knowledge is not just based on a one, single small jar that is prepared only for the purpose of a workshop.

We produce a lot, and we've been doing it for few years now.

In addition to those last 4 years here, I have a culinary background, with over 30 years of professional culinary experience, which always included fermented foods.

If you're still not convinced that we are the right place for your future workshop, you can stop by and take advantage of our Ferment Dégustation Plate (pictured below).

Ferment Degustation Plate - Café Bärbucha

By ordering one of those plates, you'll have a chance to try up to four of our Ferments.

This is a unique opportunity to check how our products taste like. You could also buy a jar or two of our Fermented Vegetables, and sample them at home.

In our Workshops, we teach how to properly ferment vegetables in the traditional way.

And this is exactly what we practice, when we make our own ferments.

So what does it mean?

It means: vegetables which are fermented for a minimum of one month (usually 2-3 months or longer).

That also means vegetables fermented in proper fermentation vessels, and with the right knowledge and understanding.

When you decide to take part in one of our Workshops:

- you will be greeted with a Probiotic Shot of your choice. This Probiotic Shot is a juice from one of our Lacto-Ferments.

- you will not spend an hour or so on cutting vegetables. As a matter of fact, you will not cut anything.

Although different cutting techniques, and different devices that can help you with that will be explained.

All the cutting will be done in front of you, and will be explained.

Also some alternative methods to come the the same end result will be shown.

- at the beginning of the Workshop, we will explain how the whole process looks like, so that you'll have a better knowledge and understanding what lacto-fermentation is.

- since there are no strict recipes for fermented foods, we will teach you how to create your own recipe and also how to create variations from the basic.

- you will have a better understanding of which are the proper fermentation vessels and which are not.

- possible problems, like mold and Kahm yeast, will also be touched upon.

- you'll have a chance of tasting the prepared item, like for example cabbage for Sauerkraut, at different stages of preparation.

- included in the Workshop, is a Tasting of how a given item changes in time. So if it's a Sauerkraut Workshop, You will taste a month old Sauerkraut, as well as other Sauerkraut variations.

- after the Workshop, you'll be able to sign in into our Fermentation Support group on Facebook. There, you will find additional information and step-by-step instruction of how to recreate what you have just learnt in our Workshop.

Through this group , you will also be able to ask questions and to receive the correct answers.

- the Workshop lasts 1.5 hours, and at the end of it we devote some time to your possible questions.

- you will also have a chance to purchase, what we think, is the best home Fermentation Jar at the discount price. Since we produce it, you will not be able to get it anywhere else.

Best Fermentation Jar

Here's our Three-Cabbage Sauerkraut in our Fermentation jars.

Below is some more ferments in them:

Fermentiertes Gemüse - Bärbucha Fermenterei

But for bigger production, we always use these:

Gärtöpfe - Bärbucha Fermenterei

I hope that helped to make up your mind. And if that's the case, we are looking forward to seeing you in our next Fermentation Workshop!

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