I am one of those people who will if at all possible “make it myself” here at home. If I get wind that something is even possible to make here at home I will research that item until I know all there is to know and then I will make it over and over until I am happy with the result. I think it’s possible I am DIY obsessed. In the vein, last year I started making my own vinegar. I purchased a culture on-line and followed the directions. That was simple enough. I did however let my vinegar age for a year as I was looking to create a smooth, full round flavored vinegar that we could savor. It was worth the wait, the vinegar is just perfect.
As I was busy feeling like I reinvented the wheel because I followed the simple directions and made excellent vinegar. I gave some thought to how much I have grown to rely on cultures of all types. Home cultured creme fraiche, homemade yogurt, buttermilk, cultured butter….yes please. Getting to have the whey to use in ferments….well that is just the best use of homemade a by-product ever!!!! Then there is probably the best known of the cultures sourdough starter. I love my starter, she is always there for me…an extra “mouth” to feed everyday.
One of the best parts of being a family who keeps cultures for so many different foods here in our home is one I had never really given much thought to. Sharing. I am always giving away little bits of vinegar mother or sourdough starter. I happily share my dairy cultures with anyone I can convince to even take a shot at using them.
I don’t have much luck getting my friends and family as excited by the thought of keeping these cultures alive. I never have any trouble getting them to eat the food produced by them though. I might be doing this wrong. I think I make things a little too easy. I try to lure converts by having them taste the goodies then I hit them with the whole ” I made this great stuff with this….” Thats where I lose them. I find keeping my starters going to be a pleasant part of my day. It would seem I am odd. Though come to think of it I think having 8 hens and 2 soon to be 3 goats in my backyard proof that I am quirky at the very least .
I think maybe I will have to make my peace with the fact that I will not be able to create fellow urban farmers around here for me to play with. Darn.