Fermented foods are food items that have undergone the lacto-fermentation process in which natural bacteria feed on the starch and sugar in the food, resulting in the creation of lactic acid.
This is the method in which food is preserved and beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids, b-vitamins, enzymes, and different probiotics strains are created.
Benefits of Fermented Foods
Eating fermented foods helps your body break down the food into digestible form.
Aside from that, fermented foods are good for you because they:
- are filled with enzymes
- enhance the content of vitamins
- are inexpensive
Try These Fermented Treats
Fermented foods are available in the market but they can also be easily made at home. Here are some easy ones you can make:
1. Strawberry Kombucha
Strawberries – 10 to 15 (fresh)
- Pour the desired quantity of Kombucha tea in a jar with a lid.
- Wash all the strawberries.
- Add them to your Kombucha tea and close the lid tightly.
- Store for five to seven days.
2. Kombucha Strawberry Popsicles
- Strawberry Kombucha
- Popsicle Molds
- When your strawberry kombucha is ready, pour it into the Popsicle molds.
- Place them in the freezer for a few hours.
Want more ideas for Kombucha? Check out this book of 75 recipes.
3. Coconut Milk Yogurt
- Start by pouring coconut milk in a saucepan and heating it at 115°F.
- Once properly heated, remove from the stove and start sprinkling the gelatin.
- Mix well.
- Let the mixture cool at 110°.
- Include the yogurt starter and mix properly.
- Pour the mixture in a yogurt maker or a clean jar.
- Incubate the mixture for 24 hours; make sure the temperature is between 108° and 112°.
- This process will separate the milk and you might see some clear liquid at the bottom of the jar (if you are using a clear container).
- Once the 24 hours are up, the mixture will taste like a yogurt and will have thickened a little.
- With a spoon, stir the entire mixture and then put it in the refrigerator for 6 hours. This will halt the process of fermentation and allow it to thicken more.
4. Easy Fermented Jalapeños
- 1 ¾ cup (chopped) Jalapeños
- 1 clove Garlic
- 2 ½ tsp (unrefined)Sea salt
- Filtered water – as required
- Take a mason jar and add in salt, garlic, and jalapeños.
- Pour in the filtered water till only one inch of space is left at the top.
- Close the lid tightly and start shaking the jar, till all ingredients are properly mixed.
- Cover the jar with a dish towel and leave it for five to seven days.
- Place it in the fridge.
I’m Still Learning
I am learning more about fermented foods every day. I have this book in my stack to read.
While I was on Amazon looking for toxic-free popsicle molds I found all sorts of cool molds for smoothies.
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