Today I want to ramble a bit about fermentation!
First of all lets understand what fermentation is and how it can be nourishing?
Fermentation is a process whereby an organism converts a carbohydrate such as starch or sugar into an alcohol or acid. Friendly bacteria convert carbohydrates into lactic acid through fermentation. In very simple terms the process of fermentation breaks down a substance into a simpler (more digestible) substance.
Beneficial microorganisms such as yeasts and bacteria either through inoculation or naturally occurring in the air will set to work on digesting carbohydrates in foods in order to survive. Once you allow these beneficial microorganisms to get to work the food is transformed taking on new flavours, texture and aromas.
Fermented foods are fantastic for waking up any palate and most definately will strengthen your immune system and give a struggling digestive system a good wake up call! But best of all fermented foods are a mighty power house of probiotic rich strains of bacteria and yeasts. Not only will these strains of probiotic rich bacteria keep the opportunistic 'unfriendly' bacteria at bay ( think a rowdy bunch of delinquents that want to cause harm if given the opportunity! ) but they will help preserve food, in addition to helping slow or reverse some diseases, improve bowel health, aid digestion and stengthen immunity!
Introduce fermented foods into your daily diet such as milk kefir, water kefir, kombucha, kvass, saurkraut, kimchi, miso, sourdough breads and many more. I love the fact that fermentation will suit everyones budget - even if you have limited income and struggle to afford lots of nourishing organic foods - I assure you fermentation is an excellent method of increasing sources of nourishment for well-being. Depending on what you choose to ferment, there is minimal financial costs. Water kefir just requires water and sugar. Milk kefir is delighted to do its thing in a jar of milk! Sauerkraut is simply a head of cabbage shredded and massaged with good quality salt. Real bread such as sourdough relies on a lively quantity of flour and water that has been given time to ferment. Each of these, are rich in enzymes, vitamins and minerals. Including a portion of each of these several times throughout the week will have you feeling as effervescent as any of your kefir sodas! If you are interested in learning more and discovering the art of fermentation, keep an eye out on my facebook page Nourish Life with Marian!
nourish life with Marian
Young at heart mother of one with a passion for food, foraging & fun with friends!