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Fermented foods for Beginners?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 30, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Hey,

I'm looking for the "basics" of fermented foods to help with leaky gut/digestive problems as a natural probiotic.

What are your most basic fermented foods?

I'm an egg free, potato-free, fruit-free, mostly nut-free, dairy-free paleo... (I think that sums it up). Suggestions?

Thank you, Kara

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on March 05, 2013
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Can you use a probiotic pill and break it open as a culture starter? What's the best culture starter? What's the cheapest? And what's the most readily purchasable culture starter?

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on February 24, 2013
at 12:46 AM

Just referencing this post I made to go grocery shopping... Both of me? Hahah... Sometimes I'm a little slow!

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on September 30, 2012
at 08:56 PM

Ahh, we were doing GAPS with my son. We did dairy free for 3-4 month before introducing the 24hr yogurt.

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Good to know on the yogurt! I'm celiac so I am trying the "autoimmune" paleo in this phase!

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on September 30, 2012
at 05:18 PM

Bubbie's sauerkraut is naturally fermented, but it is not organic. It's better than pasteurized, though.

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Bubbe's sauerkraut is naturally fermented. Try that while you're waiting for your own first batch (it is SO easy to make! Hint, buy only organic cabbage, it already has what you need for a good ferment). You can buy raw kombucha at WF and similar stores, and kefir (also easy to make but you have to get kefir grains from somewhere).

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Both of me? :)

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Both of me?

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THANK YOU BOTH! :) I appreciate it!

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This is a really good company: http://www.realpickles.com/products_overview.html . Their organic garlic sauerkraut is *amazing*.

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Fermented Foods For Beginners Guidelines:

1.) Never buy pasteurized fermented foods (like Eden's Sauerkraut). It just won't do anything. If it doesn't say "raw" or "unpasteurized" on the label, it is pasteurized.

2.) Traditionally made pickles are fermented--they are called Sour Pickles. Check the ingredients label. If it says vinegar, it is not fermented, just preserved in acidity. Real pickles are just made with cucumbers, water and salt (and spices).

3.) Organic is best, of course.

4.) It is a good idea to eat fermented foods along with protein, because the acidity, enzymes and bacteria all work together to efficiently and thoroughly break down the protein into amino acids.

5.) To answer your question, the most "basic" fermented food is sauerkraut.

6.) The best fermented foods are the ones you make yourself. It's fun, and an exercise in patience and being conscious of your food. You can ferment practically any vegetable. I'm fermenting (pickling) some garlic cloves right now.

7.) Eat fermented foods often and consistently, preferably with every meal. 2 Tbsp of sauerkraut per meal will benefit you more than eating a cup of sauerkraut every 4 days. That said, try to occasionally have some on an empty stomach as well, I think there is benefit to that.

8.) Unsweetened, unpasteurized kombucha is a beneficial fermented food too! If you can find it (most stuff on the market is sweetened so you get addicted, watch out).

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on September 30, 2012
at 03:49 PM

Both of me?

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on September 30, 2012
at 05:18 PM

Bubbie's sauerkraut is naturally fermented, but it is not organic. It's better than pasteurized, though.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on September 30, 2012
at 03:49 PM

Both of me? :)

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on September 30, 2012
at 03:37 PM

This is a really good company: http://www.realpickles.com/products_overview.html . Their organic garlic sauerkraut is *amazing*.

7dab2d8c97e44d8d0c298e5c9d5d75bc

(641)

on September 30, 2012
at 03:42 PM

THANK YOU BOTH! :) I appreciate it!

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on September 30, 2012
at 04:35 PM

Bubbe's sauerkraut is naturally fermented. Try that while you're waiting for your own first batch (it is SO easy to make! Hint, buy only organic cabbage, it already has what you need for a good ferment). You can buy raw kombucha at WF and similar stores, and kefir (also easy to make but you have to get kefir grains from somewhere).

7dab2d8c97e44d8d0c298e5c9d5d75bc

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on February 24, 2013
at 12:46 AM

Just referencing this post I made to go grocery shopping... Both of me? Hahah... Sometimes I'm a little slow!

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on September 30, 2012
at 03:45 PM

Make your own for best "bang on your buck". A great place to start is with this book http://www.amazon.com/Wild-Fermentation-Flavor-Nutrition-Live-Culture/dp/1931498237. Here is a simple recipe for sauerkraut http://www.wildfermentation.com/making-sauerkraut-2/. And my other go to for home is 24hr yogurt made like this http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/2009/04/13/monday-mission-homemade-yogurt-the-easy-way/.

Homemade is the way to go! This is partly why "Homemade yoghurt that is fermented for 24 hours, as recommended in the book Breaking the Vicious Cycle, will have an average concentration of 3 billion cfu/mL of yoghurt". Thats a nice bit of probiotic. Oh, just saw you are dairy free. So is my son EXCEPT for this yogurt.

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on September 30, 2012
at 07:38 PM

Good to know on the yogurt! I'm celiac so I am trying the "autoimmune" paleo in this phase!

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on September 30, 2012
at 08:56 PM

Ahh, we were doing GAPS with my son. We did dairy free for 3-4 month before introducing the 24hr yogurt.

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on March 05, 2013
at 07:34 PM

Can you use a probiotic pill and break it open as a culture starter? What's the best culture starter? What's the cheapest? And what's the most readily purchasable culture starter?

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on September 30, 2012
at 03:42 PM

Ditto on the sauerkraut. I love the stuff! I do mine with about 4 shredded carrots and 4 minced cloves of garlic and a few big shakes of crushed red pepper per large head of cabbage. I also started making fermented ginger carrots, and they only take a few days as opposed to a couple weeks!

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