It is not just delicious fermented foods – who doesn’t love a slice of fresh sourdough bread? – several people claim that they carry a range of health benefits, too. Fermented foods contain probiotics, which can help you maintain a healthy balance in your digestive tract and even boost your immunity to ordinary illnesses. However, the process of preparing your own fermented foods can appear to be scary, particularly if you’ve never tried it previously. Also, buying fermented foods at local health food stores can be out of your budget. The interesting thing is that making yogurt, kombucha, sourdough bread, and other fermented foods can be both uncomplicated and a perfect way to save money. Here are a few easy fermented foods to get you started.
Yogurt. Making yogurt is one of those things that sounds demanding but isn’t. As a matter of fact, you can produce delicious coconut yogurt with just coconut milk and a probiotic capsule. Simply mix the two ingredients, cover with a cheesecloth, and let sit for 24 to 48 hours. Once the yogurt has activated, refrigerate and enjoy!
Kombucha. Working with the bacteria cultures needed to achieve the end result of this fizzy drink can be daunting. But it’s actually a very simple process. A basic kombucha is made from water, sugar, black or green tea, and a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY), also known as the “mother.” You can also add other flavors, including fruit, honey, ginger, etc. To make kombucha, the ingredients are combined in a large glass jar and left to ferment for 7 to 10 days. The fermenting process makes the carbonation and flavor unique to kombucha beverages.
Sourdough bread. The key to a good sourdough bread is a sourdough starter. You can make your own, or get one from a grocery store or another sourdough enthusiast. As you obtain a sourdough starter, you can preserve and utilize it over and over again to make delicious homemade sourdough bread.
Fermented juice. Have you ever tasted a glass of wine or cider? Then you’ve already tried fermented juice. Apples, in particular, provide a delicious fermented apple juice that is both easy and refreshing. Simply slice and juice enough apples to fill a glass jar, add some culture starter, seal tightly, let sit for about 3 days, and enjoy!
Sauerkraut. If you like sauerkraut, it’s very simple to make your own. Simply pack cabbage, salt, and caraway seeds into a clean glass jar, seal, and let sit for 3 to 10 days. The coolest thing about sauerkraut is that it will keep well for several months once it’s ready.
Pickled vegetables. When you think of pickles, pickles are most often associated with the vinegar used to ferment them. However, you don’t need a lot of vinegar to pickle many different kinds of vegetables. Traditional lacto-fermentation methods depend wholly on the beneficial bacteria in the vegetables themselves. Applying this method, you can pickle almost any vegetable, including carrots, radishes, and more!
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