The same thing goes with store bought yogurts and most of the probiotic drinks you find in supermarkets.
Save your money, donât buy them â make them yourself!
They are very easy to make, super-duper tasty and positively chock full of health benefits for you and your family.
Here is a very simple way to start off making your own cultured vegetables at home:
Easy Peasy Eco Mum Applekraut
You will need:
2 heads of organic cabbage
2 â 3 organic apples, skin removed
1tsp freshly grated ginger
2 to 3 tbsp of pure Celtic sea salt or Himalayan Rock Salt
Place the cabbage into a bowl and sprinkle with half the salt. Massage the salt into the shredded cabbage until it becomes juicy. Pack the shredded cabbage and apples into a 1 litre glass container with a clamp down lid â you can find these glass containers in shops like Kmart or $2 stores, for very little money.
Cover the shredded cabbage with water. Add the remaining salt and the cloves to the jar, ensuring you leave about 5cm at the top of the jar for expansion of the vegetables. Your jar will overflow if you donât leave this âbreathing roomâ.
Clamp the lid onto the jar and turn it a few times, upside down, to disperse the salt into the water evenly â this is the start of what is called âbrineâ and is what ferments the vegetables and fruits.
Place the jar into a cool, dark place for about 6 days. Check on it every so often â you will see it bubbling up. This is the process of fermentation and the lactic acid is starting to develop.
If any of the vegetables in the jar start to rise up out of the brine / salt water solution, open the jar and push them back down firmly packing them in. They will go mouldy if left out in the open air of the jar for too long. If this happens, just scoop out the mouldy leaves and push the remainder back down again.
After 6 days store in the fridge â these cultured vegetables will keep for about a 9 months to a year, if kept in the fridge. Add 1 or 2 spoonfuls to every meal for excellent digestive health benefits, from an immune boosting and probiotic rich sour tasting side dish â a great accompaniment to any meal!
For more information, great recipes and ideas on what to culture in your home, why not check out one of my all-time favourite pages â Cultured Food Life? She is addicted to fermented cultured foods and has recipes, tips and handy helpful hints on all these amazing therapeutic foods that will, I can assure you, change your life!
Love and nom nom applekraut,
The Eco Mum xo
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