Want to add to the probiotic count in your gut? Fermented foods can have a lot of benefits for your health. In fermentation, microorganisms such as bacteria or yeast, break down the sugars in foods and allow beneficial bacteria and yeast to increase.
Want to try fermenting your own food? It isn’t that hard! If you are ready to really try it, you’ll want to look into more details, but here are the basic steps:
- Choose good quality organic produce (this is a good time to check out your local farmer’s market)
- Wash your produce well
- Chop or leave whole, but try and keep the size of the pieces consistent within a jar
- Put veggies in glass jars
- Prepare and add the brine… many recipes call for a salt brine. The salt helps to preserve, maintain texture, and helps to eliminate any non-beneficial bacteria
- Put a weight or fill up the jar with brine to the very top. The vegetables or fruits should not be exposed to the air at all!
- Let the jars sit for a week or more to “ripen”. Store the jars in a cool dark place as they ferment, but not in the refrigerator.
- Test to see if they are done. They should taste slightly tangy/sour, you may see air bubbles, and it will smell a little sour. If they smell rotten or spoiled, toss them out and try again.
- When they are done, cover tightly and put in the fridge.