Fermentation is Fun, Easy & Good For You!

By Ozark Folk Center State Park (other events)

Friday, July 19 2019 9:00 AM 4:00 PM

Learn how to make healthy delicious fermented foods in this hands-on class.

In this one-day class, students will learn the basic techniques of fermentation—find out why probiotics are so good for us—and considered a superfood. See how easy it is to make sauerkraut from scratch and learn many variations. You will get to sample a homemade Veggie Reuben with Secret Sauce. We will also start a fermentation of chile peppers and see how to make fermented chiles into a hot sauce, as well as prepare a seasonal vegetable pickle using a salt brine. We will talk about which herbs and spices work best in fermentations.

We will also discuss and sample kombucha and water kefir and Susan will show you how easy it is to make your own water kefir with kefir grains. Become a fermentista; it is fun and easy to do!

Students will go home with their own jars of sauerkraut, chile peppers, and fermented vegetables and a water kefir. Bring an apron, kitchen knife and a basket or small box to carry your goodies home.

Presented by Susan Belsinger

Admission: $22 registration fee to Ozark Folk Center upon signing up for class;

$100 fee for class and $20 materials fee, due at start of class (cash or check please).

Total cost of this class is $144

Class minimum is 4 and maximum is 12. 

Registration deadline is 2 weeks before the beginning of class.


Meet Your Instructor

Susan Belsinger

Susan Belsinger lives an herbal life, whether she is gardening, foraging, herborizing, photographing, teaching, researching, writing or creating herbal recipes for the kitchen or apothecary—she is passionate about all things herbal. Recently referred to as a “flavor artist”, Susan delights in kitchen alchemy—the blending of harmonious foods, herbs, and spices—to create real, delicious food, as well as libations, that nourish our bodies and spirits and titillate our senses.

She has been blogging regularly for Taunton Press’ for the past eight years. Her latest publication The Culinary Herbal: Growing & Preserving 97 Flavorful Herbs co-authored by Susan Belsinger and Arthur O. Tucker—was released in January 2016 by Timber Press. Their new book for beginning herb gardeners and cooks, Growing Your Own Herbs will be released this spring. Susan was recently chosen to serve as Honorary President (2018 to 2020) of the Herb Society of America.