Fermenting Foods Is Easier Than You Think

There is definitely a rise in the popularity of fermented foods. Many specialty stores are carrying sauerkraut, fermented hot sauce, pickled vegetables, and much more. In addition to the fact that most people would agree that the fermented foods are delicious, they carry a wide variety of health benefits. While a lot of people are happy to spend top dollar on their health, making fermented vegetables at home is a lot less expensive and a lot easier than many people think.

Fermenting foods is an extremely simple process. It is something that individuals have been doing for hundreds of years. It does not take expensive tools or costly ingredients to do a fermentation project. It is very simple. The basic tools that are needed are a clean jar, a clean lid for the jar, something to weigh the vegetables down, like a small glass plate, and some items to prepare the vegetables, like a bowl, cutting board, and knife. As far as the ingredients go, all you need is water, salt, and the vegetables of your choice.

The first step in any fermentation project is preparing the vegetables. You want to work in a clean environment. You will want to prepare the vegetables according to your taste or what you are looking to accomplish. For example, if you want to make sauerkraut, all you will need to do is slice the cabbage very thin or use a mandolin in order to do this. If you are looking to make hot sauce, you may want to use a blender or food processor in order to purée the chilies. You basically make the vegetable mixture, massage it with salt, and then put it in a jar. You want all of the vegetables to be under the brine that is created, which you can do with a plate or a plastic bag filled with water.

Then you want to use sticker labels to indicate what is in the jar and the date it was prepared. The amount of time that it takes for the food to ferment will depend on the vegetables in the jar and how far you want it to go into the fermentation process. For example, some fermented vegetables only need three or four days to ferment. If you are going to make some kind of sauerkraut, it may take three or four weeks for the process to be complete.

The basic process is really that simple. And the varieties of fermented foods you can make are endless. Stop spending top dollar on expensive fermented foods at specialty stores.

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