|Burong Mangga (2-wk ferment)|
Burong Mangga is the first ever fermentation experiment I have ever done. Although the first time I made burong mangga (the 3-5 days kind) was when I was in the Philippines, as taught by my then MIL, who had a HE major.
But I have been interested in fermentation since I got into homemade yogurt making for the purpose of getting probiotics. The main bacteria in the yogurt is the lactobacillus. It reminded me of Yakult in my childhood days. And when I started researching more about fermentation, I learned that the same bacteria are in fermented vegetables and fruits.
|Fresh Green Mangoes|
|Non-fermented method of preserving = dead food|
I just winged the strength of my brine, judging by the taste. It had to be just the right saltiness for my tongue. No chlorine in water. I used well water, but ideally it should have been filtered. In any case, the saltiness probably was still too strong, because my babies started to ferment (as evidenced by active bubbling) after about 5 days. When this bubbling became more vigorous, it was an indication that the lactic acid bacteria are dominating the other microbes...so that the lactic acid they were producing was inhibiting the growth of other unwanted bacteria or yeast, and at the same time preserving, even enhancing the nutrient content of the mangoes.
By the end of two weeks, I decided it was time to taste them. While the top parts (the parts that floated above the brine) were quite mushy (so I removed and discarded them), the submerged parts were crunchy. And OMG! They almost taste alcoholic!
This video will show you how the bubbles rise during the initial fermentation stage then during the active fermentation, when bubbles are so much they create pressure in an air-tight jar, so that opening it is almost like opening a bottle of soda that was shaken first. And the crunch! Oh wow! Hear the crunch as I bite into one of these babies...
I shared some with an American co-worker who is also into pickling (the vinegar-type ones; we have been exchanging pickles and recipes). And she LOVED IT. I gave her the rest of the content of that jar I brought to work.
20 L-capacity fermenting crock that hubby bought for me). I started with small-scale three times; failed in the first two and succeeded in the third. Then I made three batches of the bigger-scale. By my third batch of the bigger-scale sauerkraut production, it was the best I have ever made. I dare to say I have perfected the method.
|20 L fermenting crock|
Next June, I will order my mangoes again and this time make all of them into burong mangga. And next time, I will use the proper equipment. The air lock system will eliminate the need to remove scum, and will give the best flavor and minimize the contaminants.
And this will be the procedure I will use:
Use only firm, freshly picked green mangoes. I have no access to this, but the freshest I can get will be from a vendor in Florida, the Erickson Farm. I pre-ordered the previous ones. They picked them and shipped right away when it was the right time to harvest.
For every liter of filtered unchlorinated water (preferably well water), add 1 tbsp sea salt (approximately 2% brine). Either pack the sliced mangoes into half-gallon or gallon glass jars (I like the half-gallon because I can use the wide-mouth lids. I made my own air-lock system using Tattler reusable lids, 1/2" drill bit and 1/2' grommets.) Submerge the sliced mangoes in the brine. Put some brine into a heavy-duty ziploc bag and use that as weight to keep mango slices submerged. Make sure you have at least 2 inches air space on top of the bag or brine. Use the air-lock system lid. If using the fermentation crock, just fill up to about 3/4 of the container, use the weights provided, and place the lid on, then pour water into the "moat" on which the lid sits to create an air seal.