Make Your Own Fermented Foods

Fermented foods don’t have to be expensive. Get a huge nutritional bang-for-your-buck by making your own sauerkraut, kombucha, or even fermented pickles.

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The combination of probiotic presence in our guts along with fermentable fibers helps us to keep our elimination functioning properly. I recommend raw sauerkraut as a booster food to most of my clients and have had fantastic response from them with regards to not only improved elimination but also regarding the enjoyment of a new food in their regular routines. ~ Diane Sanfilippo, Balanced Bites

Fermenting Vegetables with Sandor Katz

Sandor Katz shows you how easy it is to make your first ferment:
 

The Art of Fermentation

Also highly recommended is Sandor’s book, The Art of Fermentation:  In The Art of Fermentation Katz offers the most comprehensive and definitive guide to do-it-yourself home fermentation ever published. Katz presents the history, concepts, and processes behind fermentation in ways simple enough to guide a reader through their first experience making sauerkraut or yogurt, yet in-depth enough to provide greater understanding and insight for experienced fermentos. Readers will find detailed information on fermenting vegetables; meads, wines, and ciders; beers and other grain-based alcoholic beverages; sour tonic beverages; milk; grains and starchy tubers; beans and seeds; fish, meat, and eggs; as well as growing mold cultures and using fermentation in agriculture, art, energy production, and commerce. Katz also provides a compendium of practical information—how the processes work; parameters for safety; techniques for effective preservation; troubleshooting; and more. Katz has written the first-ever guide of its kind, which will undoubtedly become a foundational book in food literature.
 


Check out these at-home, good-bacteria-growing recipes:

Raw Sauerkraut: Roasted Jalapeño & Garlic [Balanced Bites]
The benefits of eating raw sauerkraut [Balanced Bites]
Fermented Dill Pickles [Primal Palate]
Kombucha: Scoby Do [First Comes Health]
DIY Kombucha, Phase 2 [First Comes Health]
How to Make Kefir [Cheeseslave]
How to Make Kimchi [Real Food Outlaws]
56 Awesome Fermented Food & Drink Recipes [Girl Meets Nourishment]

More reading on Fermentation: