How did Food Fermentation start in our History?
Food fermentation is an ancient technique that is still widely used today for wine, cheese, sauerkraut, yogurt, kombucha, and more. The fermentation process makes these foods rich in probiotics, as well as a number of other positive health benefits that can help you in your everyday life.
What is Food Fermentation?
Food fermentation is the natural process that happens when microorganisms t18urn carbs (like starch and sugar) into alcohols and acids, as well as beneficial probiotics. These alcohols, acids, and probiotics are natural preservatives that give fermented foods a unique taste and texture.
Fermented foods can benefit your overall health in a big way – and they can be very tasty as well.
Here’s how fermented foods can benefit your health:
When you consume fermented food, probiotics help balance out the bacteria in your gut and can eliminate other digestive issues. These probiotics can even positively impact irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
If you regularly suffer from gut issues, fermented foods might be the answer you’ve been looking for.
Once you balance out the bacteria living in your gut, you will also see some positive changes with your immune system. The probiotics will boost your immune system and significantly reduce the risk of common infections, like a cold or much worse.
Fermented foods are also full of vitamin C, iron, and zinc, making fermented foods even more effective at fighting everyday infections.
Breaks Down Foods
Many people struggle to digest certain foods. The fermentation process can break down the nutrients in some foods to make them more easily digestible, while still holding the nutritional benefits.
Lactose is known to be hard to digest but the fermentation process can break it down into simple sugars that are easier to digest.
If you have lactose intolerance, the fermentation process will change your life.
The fermentation process can help you lower your blood pressure and, in turn, reduce the risk of heart disease.
While it’s not the most well-known benefit to fermenting your foods, it is something to keep in mind when making the decision, especially if you suffer from high blood pressure and heart disease.
Full List of Foods that Can Be Fermented in your home:
- Beer and Wine
- Sourdough Bread
How to Ferment Your Food?
The best thing (one of the best things) about fermenting foods is that it can be done easily from home.
All you need are some sterilized jars, muslin, baking parchment, and the food.
If you are worried about sterilizing the jars after you’ve bought them, don’t panic – it’s easy. Just heat your oven 180 degrees celsius; wash the jars in warm soapy water; dry the jars and lids with a clean towel; place your jars on the shelf of the oven for 15 minutes; remove with gloves and let cool.
After that, your jars are ready to be used in fermenting your first foods. We recommend using jars with a wide mouth to make things easier on yourself.
Ready To Get Started?
There’s a lot to know about fermenting your foods, but you don’t have to know it all right away. We recommend getting setup and fermenting your first foods.
After that, grab a fermentation book for beginners and start getting creative. After you get started and have your first foods fermented, then you’ll be able to explore more methods and recipes.