Pickling is a family business for the Wissens.
Beverly and Dale Wissen were visiting their daughter, Lacey, who was running the pickling program at Manhattan’s Gramercy Tavern, when they witnessed Brooklyn’s renaissance with its small-batch, food-centric specialty shops. Dale, who has always loved to cook and concoct recipes, decided it was time he try his hand at fermentation.
Since 2014, Scissortail Provisions has created an array of pickled and fermented products — everything from pickles and chutney to sauerkraut and hot sauces. At any given time, Scissortail has at least 14 different kinds of kraut, five kinds of pickles and an array of kimchi, chutneys and tonics.
After earning her master’s in nutrition in 2007, Lacey developed her culinary skills in fine dining and craft bakeries in Tulsa, New York City and Asheville, North Carolina, before joining the family business in 2016. Fermented products are touted for their health benefits to digestion, immunity and brain function. The Wissens use lacto-fermentation, which preserves fruits and vegetables in a process similar to that used for sourdough and charcuterie, Lacey says. Cultures from the air and microbes on the produce combine in a salt brine that starts to digest sugars, releasing carbon dioxide and lactic acid.
The Wissens use as much as they can from local growers and sources. "We have good relationships with other farm merchants," Dale says. "It’s great working with family and having the freedom to be creative."
That creativity is put to use when it comes to flavor profiles, product names and new concoctions. This season, Lacey is excited about their new apple pie sauerkraut, which features shredded apples, fresh ginger and warming spices. Plus, she’s sure root vegetables and butternut squash will be fermented just in time for Thanksgiving.
Scissortail Provisions is a regular at the Tulsa Farmers’ Market and First Street Flea. Or stop by Thursday or Friday (or by appointment) at their shop, located at 702-A N. Main St., Owasso. Visit scissortailprovisions.com.