Food Preservation

I will be looking into the preservation of food.  My primary interest is in fermentation, but as my interests change and evolve, I’m sure I’ll be looking at another modes of preservation as well.

Oxford Dictionaries‘ definition of fermentation:

“The chemical breakdown of a substance by bacteria, yeasts, or other microorganisms, typically involving effervescence and the giving off of heat.”

Fermentation is the process in which sugars are converted by microorganisms into alcohol, acids, and/or gases.  It is an anaerobic metabolic process that predates man and happens on its own in nature.  Fermentation of food is present in nearly every culture around the world and has been a part of our diet for thousands of years.  Here’s a list of food fermentation currently present in the world: