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London Fermentary

London Fermentary

ABOUT OUR COURSE:

INSPIRATIONAL FERMENTATION COURSE/EXPERIENCE , with fermented food & drink tastings, including wine.
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Come and have exciting experience at London Fermentary, join Head Fermenter Elena for an Inspirational Fermentation Course. We will be joined by Hanne Cole (co creator or Butch Salads & Louie Louie) who will supply food and drinks. Hanne will provide ideas and inspiration on how to use and enjoy fermented food in everyday cooking. Olga, our nutritionist and naturopath will answer all health & fermentation related questions for you.

Held over three weeks, one 3-hour session per week, or one full day, this Inspirational Fermentation Course is designed to give participants a good understanding of the fermentation process.  This course doesn’t just scratch the surface of fermenting. It is comprehensive and takes you from the basics through nurturing to development of your ferments.  It is practical, highly interactive and collaborative.  You will be given support to enable you to achieve good fermentation results using seasonal ingredients in the class and equip you with the confidence to create your own fermented products at home.  Making sauerkraut, for instance, might sound easy – mix cabbage and salt – but understanding how to nurture and develop your ferment is the key to success.     

By the end of the course, you will be inspired to make your own delicious ferments and have the know how and confidence to bring your own creativity to the process. You will also take away Kilner jars of the ferments you create in class to develop them further to your own personal taste at home. 

Course tutor: Elena  (Head fermenter)
Group size: Maximum 10 participants  
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Location: London Fermentary Arch N5, Spa Road, London, SE16 4RP

WHAT THE 3 WEEK COURSE COVERS:
Day one: Introduction to Fermentation
6pm -9pm (with a break at 7pm for food & drinks) 

  • Why we ferment.

  • How fermentation works.

  • Benefits of fermentation.

  • Using a wide range of fruits/vegetables, herbs/spices, you will get creative to make your own unique
    Sauerkraut.

  • We will taste a range of London Fermentary products during the evening to spark your own inventiveness.

  • Q&A session

Day two: Creating and Nurturing your Ferments
6pm-9pm (with a break at 7pm for food & drinks) 

  • We will start by appraising your sauerkraut created in the previous class and give you tips and techniques to overcome any problems to keep your ferments developing deliciously.

  • We will introduce you to one of the most exciting ferments – Sauces and Condiments. Fun to make, raw, live, packed with probiotics, using a wide-range of seasonal fruits/vegetables, and herbs/spices, the possibilities for creating these unique ferments are endless. We are sure this ferment will become a firm favourite. You will get creative to make your own unique raw fermented Sauce/Condiment.

  • We will taste a range of London Fermentary sauces during the evening to spark your own inventiveness.

  • Q&A session

Day three: Creating, Nurturing and Relishing your Ferments
6pm - 9pm (with a break at 7pm for food & drinks) 

  • We will start by appraising your condiment created in the previous class and give you tips and techniques to overcome any problems to keep your ferments developing deliciously.

  • Elena will demonstrate a magic of how to make Water Kefir step by step.

  • We will taste and discuss different stages of Water Kefir brewing to experience the development of the brew.

  • Q&A session to review what you have learned over the three classes.

WHAT TO BRING:
Nothing.  We will provide everything you need.  
Our fruit and vegetable business, Puntarelle & Co, and our ferments business, London Fermentary, are known for sourcing great quality produce.  This is what we use for our courses.
You will have your own work area equipped with knives, chopping boards, bowls and an apron.
Refreshments and snacks are provided.

WHAT YOU TAKE HOME :
A sound knowledge and practical experience of how to ferment with confidence.
Ideas, enthusiasm and inspiration for creating your own Ferments.
A large Kilner jar of your personalized Sauerkraut.
A large Kilner jar of Sauce.
A jar of Water Kefir symbioitic bacteria for making your own Water Kefirs.  


COURSE BOOKING 

These courses are in great demand but to ensure we maintain high standards and give participants the best learning experience, we currently limit classes to 10 people.
Check upcoming dates and availability on our SHOP page.
The Course costs £240 per person. 
To join us for an Inspirational Fermentation course, SECURE YOUR PLACE NOW by booking  a course from our SHOP page.

London Fermentary

London Fermentary


ABOUT ELENA


Elena  is the owner and Head Fermenter of London Fermentary.  She will be your guide on this Inspirational Fermentation Course.   

For Elena, fermenting is a way of life that is deeply embedded in her culture.  A childhood of watching parents and grandparents growing, foraging and preserving cabbages, garlic, onions, apples and other fruits led to windowsills lined with jars of Kefirs and Kombuchas, oak barrels packed with sauerkraut at the basement, tended and nurtured to ensure they were not only useful but as delicious as they could possibly be.  These fermented foods were treasured through harsh winters when fresh fruit and vegetables were scarce.  

She has always had an interest in the processes, the way they transform vegetables and fruit and the health benefits that come from the fermentation process.  Through her fruit and vegetable business, Puntarelle & Co, in South London, Elena has access to some of the best seasonal produce from the UK and the rest of Europe.   She started to make lacto-fermented products using end-of-the-day unsold produce as part of a ‘No Waste” project.  This led, through customer encouragement, to her producing lacto-fermented Vegetables, Condiments and Raw Water Kefirs under the label ‘London Fermentary’.  Bottles and jars of vibrant, jewel-coloured ferments are snapped up by customers each Saturday.  

Elena will share much of her knowledge and techniques with you to inspire you to create your own ferments at home with confidence.

 


London Fermentary water kefir
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EXPRESS OF INTEREST FORM

These courses are in great demand but to ensure we maintain high standards and give participants the best learning experience, we currently limit classes to 10 people.  

If you would like to be advised of our next available course, please complete the Expression of Interest Form below.  We appreciate your patience.


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What customers think

"I absolutely loved the workshops and learnt so much.  Thank you Elena. All the materials were of high quality and a pleasure to use.  A huge amount of content covered in great depth – a depth that allowed me to remember without referring to notes..."    Tracy

"Really great! Beautiful and inspiring variety of fruit and vegetables to work with, great equipment, really nice having individual workstations arranged. Enjoyed the variety offered by covering kraut, sauces, salsas and water keffir. It’s tempting to think of all the other things I would have liked to have been covered in the course but then it would have to have been 10 weeks long and I think the biggest take away anyone could hope for from the course is to have gained the confidence to start experimenting and learning for themselves at home. I certainly did..."   Ian

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