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Cultured Foods

Cultured Pineapple Salsa

Homemade salsa is something I have always wanted to try. I honestly don’t know what took me so long, it really isn’t difficult. Part of the problem was living in South Korea where limes and cilantro were hard to come by. A few weeks ago I finally did it, I made homemade salsa. But this wasn’t ordinary salsa, it was LACTO-FERMENTED salsa. (I am a strange person, I know). The first batch of…

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Dill Pickles

(The Old Fashioned Way) I think that kefir is the quickest and easiest fermented food to make, but lacto-fermented pickles is a close second. I am surprised how long it took me to try making pickles the “old fashioned way.” Once I did I was hooked, they taste so much better than the pickles that are preserved in vinegar. Ingredients: Glass jar Cucumbers Sea Salt (amount will vary, depending on the size…

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Traditional Sauerkraut

When I was pregnant I read about the health benefits associated with the regular consumption of fermented food, especially during pregnancy. In South Korea, kimchi is available everywhere, so I ate it a lot. But I wanted some variety and I was terrified by the idea of “doing it myself “, (thoughts of food poisoning or botulism ran through my mind).  Then I thought about the situation logically. I had been consuming kimchi for…

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Kimchi

I finally bought some authentic Korean pepper flakes to make kimchi. It’s an overcast day, and my daughter is napping, so it’s a good time to try it out. (With the flu going around again, the timing is perfect). What does kimchi have to do with the flu? Well technically it’s just food, and according to the FDA it can not CURE disease. However, kimchi is loaded with beneficial bacteria which…

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Milk Kefir

Many of my friends have asked me to teach them how to make fermented foods, in fact, it is one of the reasons I started this blog. Kefir contains probiotics as well as many vitamins that are made bio-available by the fermentation process. Lacto-fermented foods are an inexpensive way to obtain probiotics. (Good quality probiotics can be expensive, especially if you have a large family). Kefir was the first fermented…

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