Beneficial Bugs….for you to eat…

As promised, a list of some probiotic things You, Too,(like me!) can make in your home! With simple equipment you already have! With things you’ve already bought from the grocery store or a local farmer’s market! This is not rocket science, but a rather long-standing tradition of letting things go bad on purpose. With great, great benefits! Its like a lazy cooks guide to eating healthy. Love it.

Gut flora, gut health, beneficial bacteria — this is so important! Our gut acts like a ‘second brain’, which helps us to live a healthy life. Our intestinal health is important to our overall health, which we’d all love to be optimal, I’m sure. Having good bacteria helps break down our food, and if we’re eating healthily, the good bacteria in our ‘gut’ helps us get the most  from the healthy food we eat! Everything runs smoothly when we’ve got these good bugs inside us. I am even MORE aware of this after I suffered a weeklong bout with a nasty intestinal malady recently. I am very thankful for the good health I generally enjoy!

I wish I had more time to write this week – I simply can’t say enough about how relatively easy these are, and really fun! The feeling you get when you make something yourself is just so great.

Yogurt – and along with that, soft  ‘yogurt cheese’

Kefir

Sourdough bread starter

Sauerkraut

Fermented carrots

Brined pickles

My recommended resources for tutorials on these topics (and I would love to write about each of them in depth at some point!):

the Wild Fermentation website

Nourishing Traditions, and the Weston A Price website

Simply in Season cookbook and website

Things on top of my ‘fridge:

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A playmobil guy with Viking helmet

A staple gun

A shim

Brown rice crisps

Dust

Lactoferment(ing) lemonade

It is a rainy day – can’t play outside, a bit tired from a late night. Besides the fact that its always a great day to ingest healthy bacteria, its also a great day to give more of them life, so to speak.

This recipe originally came from the cook/book “Nourishing Traditions” and I was reminded about it be fellow blogger arealfoodlover.  Scaled due to laziness on this rainy day – prepared for a Sunday after-church where I will wish I would have squeezed 6 more lemons.

6 lemons

1/8 c whey (if you make yogurt or have some in the fridge, just dribble off the clearish-whitish-yellowish top ‘juice’ to get this amount. Learn more about whey here)

1/2 c sugar

1/2 gal (8 c) purified water

Juice lemons into container. Add whey water and sugar. Stir til dissolved. Cover, put note on it so no one in your house touches it (see above), and set in a warm spot to ferment. Wait 24 – 48 hours. Chill to slow fermentation when finished, drink and enjoy! *add more sugar to taste*

Watch for a post next week about some other easy lacto-fermented foods you can make at home, on YOUR fridge. Give the playmobil guys an eviction notice, and get some healthy gut flora goin’!