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DIY Meal Prep: Food Fermentation for Beginners

Piedmont Renter Making Kombucha in Their KitchenIt is not only tasty fermented foods – who doesn’t love a slice of good sourdough bread? – other individuals claim that they bring a range of health benefits, too. Fermented foods feature probiotics, which may allow you to maintain a healthy balance in your digestive tract and even boost your immunity to the usual illnesses. After all, the process of preparing your own fermented foods might sound scary, especially if you’ve never experienced it before. Also, buying fermented foods at local health food stores can be expensive. The great news is that making yogurt, kombucha, sourdough bread, and other fermented foods can be both basic and an excellent way to save money. We’ve accumulated a few uncomplicated fermented foods to get you started.

Yogurt. Producing yogurt is one of those things that sounds complicated but isn’t. In fact, you can prepare 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 intimidating. 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, etc. To prepare kombucha, the ingredients are combined in a large glass jar and left to ferment for 7 to 10 days. The fermenting process generates 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. When you get a sourdough starter, you may save and utilize it again and again to make delicious homemade sourdough bread.

Fermented juice. Have you ever tried a glass of wine or cider? Then there is a chance that you’ve already tried fermented juice. Apples, particularly, create a delightful fermented apple juice that is both easy and refreshing. Just 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 appreciate sauerkraut, it’s very 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 excellent feature of sauerkraut is that it will keep well for several months once it’s ready.

Pickled vegetables. When you think of pickles, you probably think of the vinegar used to ferment them. However, you don’t really need plenty of vinegar to pickle many different kinds of vegetables. Traditional lacto-fermentation methods depend primarily on the beneficial bacteria in the vegetables themselves. By following this procedure, you can pickle almost any vegetable, including carrots, radishes, and more!

Would you like to start fermenting your own foods but lack kitchen space? Maybe you need to move up to a larger Piedmont rental house! You may contact Real Property Management Pacific or visit our listings online.

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