Frequently asked questions.
[Because bacteria have a mind of their own.]
I already eat healthy. Why do I need fermented foods?
Scientific studies show the western gut is substantially low in both quality and quantity of microbial populations compared to those in other countries. While we have access to healthy foods, we have room to grow in adding probiotic-rich foods to our diet. Plus, fermentation is proven to increase the nutritional content of fruits and vegetables.
I can’t get the lid off.
That happens to us a lot, too. Since our ferments are alive, they can often create pressure inside the jar. Try running the lid under warm water to release the pressure.
Can I use the liquid left over from my ferment?
Absolutely, yes. This liquid is referred to as “brine.” It is extremely healthy and versatile. Check out our website and sign up for our newsletter for recipes and uses. You can also drink it straight, like we do. We like to take shots of it in the morning to start the day.
The jar is hissing, bulging or leaking at the seal. What is that?
Our ferments are alive, so they create a few byproducts, one of which is carbon dioxide. This can put pressure on the lid. It is a normal and beautiful symbol of the ferment’s aliveness. Consider it the ferment’s way of saying hello.
How can I keep my fermented beverage from exploding?
Live fermented foods will keep fermenting at room temperature, and will therefore keep creating carbon dioxide bubbles. We suggest refrigerating our products to slow this process down. Don’t worry, this won’t harm the bacteria in any way.
What is this white patchy stuff on top of my ferment?
That’s called kahm yeast, and though it's not super ideal, it’s totally fine to eat. It is not mold. This type of yeast is thin, white and feathery in texture and floats at the top of ferments. Just shake up the ferment to dissipate or simply scoop it off.
Can I keep my ferments out of the fridge?
All of our products are fermented to the correct pH which keeps out mold and other harmful pathogens. That being said, fermentation will still take place at room temperature. We highly recommend keeping fermented food in the fridge to preserve quality, and we DEFINITELY recommend refrigerating fermented beverages to avoid over-carbonation.
You have so many products!?
While it would be easier to stick to one product, we firmly believe that optimal health and culinary collaboration relies on a variety of fermented foods and beverages. Plus, fermentation isn’t just our livelihood; it’s a hobby, too!
Does St. Pete Ferments teach workshops?
Yep! Teaching others about fermentation is our greatest passion. Sign up for our newsletter and subscribe to our social media pages to stay in the loop. If you have questions about a private workshop, shoot us an email.