About

Although I’m not a chef or nutritionist professionally, I have a long passion for cooking, nutrition research, organic home gardening, and exercise. Actually, my job has had a huge role in my food interests. I am a professional ESL teacher who has had the good fortune of visiting a number of countries, living overseas, and swapping foods and food talk with hundreds of people from all over the world. I’ve gotten to learn about some ferments I could never have imagined existed.

I got into fermenting when, after several years of increasing interest and skill at home veggie gardening, the produce from my garden became more than I could consume fresh. And also I was just of the mind that pickles and kimchi and most other fermented stuff is just straight up delicious and good for you. 

I hope these pictures and recipes and stories make you even just a touch happier and/or healthier. That’s my whole goal. To back that up, this site has never had those annoying pop up ads or use of cookies. (Adding a few unobtrusive ad spaces became necessary after a few years in order to help cover site maintenance costs.)

If you’d like to contribute to the maintenance this site and help it continue to develop a complete treasury of detailed fermentation (and other healthy) recipes, please consider making a one-time donation of any amount.

If you’d like to be a patron of this site, there is so much I dream of doing which is not feasible without additional sources of revenue. This is a free but with considerable overhead costs. Visit my Patreon account here, where you can choose to support me on any basis/amount you wish. Additional revenue sources will help improve the quantity and quality of recipes I can provide. 

Stay connected with us on our other social media platforms! 

Insane page on Facebook

Insane group on Facebook (to post your own fermentation photos, recipes, questions, and more)

*NEW* Reddit Fermented Hot Sauce Community (Moderated by me, Insane in the Brine)

Want to learn in person? Check out my workshops in the Marietta & Atlanta areas. (UPDATE: During COVID I am not conducting in-person workshops. I may offer online workshops in the future.) 

And now I’ll leave you with this: