Food Science



are pickles fermented? not these
From when I ate my first pickle up until now, I thought pickles were fermented. Turns out, only some are. Most store-bought, big-brand pickles are not fermented. Instead, these cucumbers are just marinated and stored in a vinegar (and spices) brine. This method of pickling is called fresh-pack. These types […]

Are Pickles Fermented? – The Answer May Surprise You


fermenting mash used to produce woodford reserve whiskey
We eat plenty of fermented foods in the U.S. and around the world. Many foods are fermented that you may not even be aware of. Cheese, yogurt, bread, beer, wine, soy sauce, salami, and sauerkraut (recipe here) are just a few common fermented foods. Pickles are often thought to be […]

Alcoholic and Lactic Acid Fermentation in Food – A Primer



montasio cheese wheels aging
I’ve always been interested in how plain old milk is turned into cheese. And I’ve wondered, what exactly is done differently to make two distinct cheeses like Mozzarella and Blue cheese? There are several steps in the cheese-making process; what is done during each has an impact on the final […]

How is Cheese Made? – The 6 Step Process


orange aged cheddar cheese
Milk is white. Cheese comes from milk. Cheese should be white, right? So why is cheddar cheese orange? There are several theories out there and every cheese expert has his or her favorite. In all of these theories though, the underlying reason is it was/is a way to sell more […]

Why is Cheddar Cheese Orange? – The Real Reason