"Fermentation generally requires only a little preparation or work. Most of the time that elapses is spent waiting...Many ferments get better the longer you leave them. Use this time to observe and ponder the magical actions of invisible allies." ~Wild Fermentation, Sandor Ellix Katz
Tending the pickle crock takes a calm and watchful eye, a sense for transformation, patience and a little faith.
Tending the pickle crock requires testing and experimentation, but this is not hard science, nor is it conducted in a sterile environment.
The pickle crock is a living breathing thing. To care for it is to enter into a relationship with microorganisms and become responsible for their well-being.
The tender of the pickle crock is an alchemist, nurturing the miracle of transubstantiation.
The pickle crock is as mundane and dull as skimming surface mold, yet sacred and eternal as primordial, salty brine.