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Pickled and Fermented Recipes
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Pickled and Fermented Recipes

Have you ever done any pickling or fermenting? This can be a great way to save leftover foods you have in the fridge, and also a great way to get added probiotics into your system (with fermented foods). I find tons of mason jars / jam jars at the thrift store, so if you want to try dabbling in fermenting and pickling without spending a bunch of storing equipment, then maybe you could pick up a 99 cent jar and give it a go. 

What is the difference between pickled and fermented foods? Not all fermented foods are pickled and visa versa. Pickled foods are preserved in an acidic medium, but the ones you find at a grocery store are not fermented. They do not have the benefits of fermented foods, which offer probiotics and enzymes which are crucial for our digestive system. Canned pickled foods at the store are heated to high temperatures, which kills off most of the nutrients. (There are of course exceptions - sometimes you can find refrigerated foods which are actually fermented). If you take probiotic supplement pills, you may want to try eating and making more fermented foods, which offer a great source of probiotics.

What are Probiotics? "Probiotics are organisms such as bacteria or yeast that are believed to improve health. They are available in supplements and foods. The idea of taking live bacteria or yeast may seem strange at first. After all, we take antibiotics to fight bacteria. But our bodies naturally teem with such organisms.The digestive system is home to more than 500 different types of bacteria. They help keep the intestines healthy and assist in digesting food." - WebMD

What can you pickle?

The list seems to be endless - you can pickle carrots, berries, beans, mushrooms, beets, cauliflower, garlic, hot peppers, butternut squash, eggplant, celery, okra, brussel sprouts, corn, tomatoes, pears, lemons, figs, asparagus

Vinegars and Spices used in Pickling/Fermenting:

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • White wine vinegar
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • Black peppercorns
  • Dried bay leaves
  • Whole allspice
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Coriander seed
  • Dill seeds
  • Mustard seeds

Fermented Recipes

Pickled Recipes

Have fun!

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