We’re sure you’ve heard of the popular fermented foods such as tempeh, kombucha, kefir, miso, and kimchi. These are just a few of what you can easily find in your local supermarkets!
But what exactly is fermentation?
It’s a process which involves the breakdown of yeast and sugars with bacteria. ‘Fermentation is an anaerobic process in which microorganisms like yeast and bacteria break down food components into other products’ (Heart Foundation, 2018).
To produce your own fermented foods, the first step that’s required is to gather your patience, as this isn’t an overnight process. The next step is to choose your produce and allow it to soak in brine (salt water), inside an air-tight container for a prolonged period of time, ensuring that the vegetables are completely submerged in the brine. It’s recommended that five to seven days in a typical kitchen will start the process, however it’s said that this process can take up to three weeks, or even months!
Fermentation will help products to not only increase food preservation, but mainly to boost the amount of probiotics in our gut, which ultimately improves our gut health significantly if these foods are consumed regularly. Read our blog post on prebiotics and probiotics here for a further explanation on gut health. Remember, a healthy gut comes with many benefits, including improved digestion, better immunity, and may increase weight loss.
So, now you know what fermentation is, how it works, and it’s benefits, where can you find fermented foods?
At Meera’s Made From Scratch, we offer three great fermented foods - Bottlebrush Ferments, Water Kefir, and Natto.
Shop our Fermented Foods here.