Not only are fermented foods delectable – who doesn’t love a slice of nice sourdough bread? – but several individuals claim that they have a range of health benefits, as well. Fermented foods contain probiotics, which can help you maintain a healthy balance in your digestive tract and even boost your immunity to common illnesses. However, the process of preparing your own fermented foods might be intimidating, mostly if you’ve never done it before. Plus, buying fermented foods at local health food stores might be costly. Fortunately, making yogurt, kombucha, sourdough bread, and other fermented foods can be both easy and a great way to save money. Here are a few easy fermented foods to get you started.
Yogurt. Producing yogurt is one of those things that sounds difficult but isn’t. In reality, you can make 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 frightening. But it’s actually a reasonably easy 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, and so on. To produce kombucha, the ingredients are combined in a large glass jar and left to ferment for 7 to 10 days. The fermenting process produces 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. After you get the sourdough starter, you may store and use it over and over again to make delicious homemade sourdough bread.
Fermented juice. Have you ever tried a glass of wine or cider? Then the odds are that you’ve already tried fermented juice. Apples, above all, create a great-tasting fermented apple juice that is both basic 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 love sauerkraut, it’s simple to make your own. Just pack cabbage, salt, and caraway seeds into a clean glass jar, seal, and let sit for 3 to 10 days. The best feature of sauerkraut is that it will keep well for several months once it’s ready.
Pickled vegetables. When you think about pickles, you commonly think about the vinegar utilized to ferment them. But you don’t truly need lots of vinegar to pickle many different kinds of vegetables. Traditional lacto-fermentation methods depend primarily on the beneficial bacteria in the vegetables themselves. By utilizing this method, you can pickle almost any vegetable, including carrots, radishes, and more!
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