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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Oakland Blog 'Awesome Pickle' Gets Serious About Microbes

Posted By on Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 12:14 PM

Pickled summer squash with basil. - AWESOME PICKLE
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  • Pickled summer squash with basil.
Pickling can come off as precious, like the Belle and Sebastian of urban homesteading obsessions. Just consider the cute, creatively packaged jars of adorably amateurish giardiniera exchanging hands every holiday season. Of course, anyone who has actually tried pickling knows otherwise -- particularly when full-blown canning follows suit. Consider then Awesome Pickle: A Microbe Herder's Almanac, Eric Smillie's Oakland-based blog all about pickles and fermented foods in general. With tips, stories, and pertinent news items, it's a wonderland of brines, rinds, and probiotic know-how -- authoritative and only very mildly twee. Snap into it like a dill.

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