I have been canning and putting up my garden bounty of late; I'm getting burned out. But, I am beginning to learn about fermentation, and want to try it out. I was going to begin with kimchi, but these cayenne peppers fell off the plant early and I decided to go with pepper sauce.
What is fermentation? Think probiotics. Good for your gut health. Supposedly, there are numerous health benefits from fermented foods, which is basically food left in a slurry of live bio-cultures and a lactobacterial-salt slurry of microorganisms. For thousands of years, humankind has preserved food thusly; think wine, milk, bread, soy sauce, kimchi... Food wasn't pasteurized or refrigerated like today's food. I do draw the line at rotting fish and/or birds buried underground to ferment.
Did you know cocoa beans must first be fermented in the production of chocolate? I have to let these peppers ferment for two weeks, then place them in a blender, and voila, pepper sauce. I'll let you know how they turn out. Fermentation - it's the new/old thing in food.