Fermented food aficionados sought for survey

Scientists in the University of Maine’s School of Food and Agriculture and Cooperative Extension are recruiting Maine residents to take part in a study about fermenting foods and beverages at home.

Adults who make any of these foods at home, or would like to learn how to do so, are invited to complete a 10-minute, online survey. Respondents must be at least 18 years old.

All information provided will be kept confidential, and the survey is anonymous. Responses will help the research team understand which topics and formats for information are most preferred by Maine fermentation enthusiasts.

Fermented foods and beverages are growing in popularity due to their unique tastes and health benefits. Fermentation is a traditional food preservation method used to make foods such as sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, kombucha and yogurt.

For more information, contact Mary Ellen Camire at 581.1733, camire@maine.edu. The survey link will remain open until July 16.