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An experiment in fermentation

An experiment in fermentation - The Hot Mess Press

Fermented foods are said to have many health benefits. People around the world have enjoyed fermented foods for thousands of years. But somewhere, they fell out of fashion. With access to grocery stores with virtually limited choices, many no longer prioritized making healthy foods at home. In recent years, fermented foods have gained popularity again. They are easy to make, as long as you’re patient, and most are very tasty. If you want to experiment with fermentation at home, read on to find out some of the easiest and cheapest fermented foods you can make.

An experiment in fermentation - The Hot Mess Press

Fermented drinks

Making fermented drinks can cost a little upfront if you don’t have everything you need. But most things can be used over and over for years as long as you care for the materials properly. I’m currently brewing some kombucha, which is basically a fermented tea. I bought a SCOBY, which stands for “symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast” and it looks like a flat slimy mushroom. With a little sugar, tea, and water, I hope to have several bottles of tasty, bubbly tea in a few weeks. You can also make ginger beer(it’s non-alcoholic) and kefir at home with few ingredients and materials. What are the benefits? Well, these drinks can benefit gut health, which may greatly improve your immune system and overall well-being.

Fermented foods

If you mention sauerkraut, you’re likely to get one of two reactions. People either love the stuff or they hate it. It’s very simple, made with just cabbage, salt, and water. But during the process of fermentation, beneficial probiotics, antioxidants, and nutrients are created. Yogurt is another fermented food that’s very easy to make at home and you have virtually unlimited options when it comes to flavoring and sweetening your yogurt. It’s always advisable to seek medical advice when you’re having a digestive health issue. But for minor concerns, many people have found that regularly eating these foods can help with a lot of problems.

It’s not hard to ferment foods. People have used this method of food preservation for thousands of years. Probiotics may be beneficial for your immune system. They may also be able to heal some digestive issues or at least lessen symptoms. Consider fermenting some foods or drinks if you have digestive issues, or you enjoy experimenting in the kitchen. These foods are easy to make and most don’t require special ingredients. Just be sure to sanitize your equipment and follow directions for safety.

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