A Few Tips in Using Fermented Foods
Have you ever tried fermenting your food? Fermentation is actually an easy and highly beneficial process. Fermented foods are a wonderful and nutritious addition to your diet; they are rich in good bacteria, also known as probiotics. If you’re like most people, chances are you’re hesitant to try fermented foods. It may be because you’re not a cooking expert or because you are afraid that you will not like the taste of the finished product. For many people, the latter is the more common problem. This is because most fermented foods, like natto, kefir, and kimchi, taste strange. If you’re worried that you will end up with a weird tasting food, here’s a tip: try making fermented fruits and vegetables first. Fermented fruits and vegetables are just as loaded with probiotics as other fermented foods, but are easier on a person’s palate. You can ferment different types of fruits and vegetables. Some examples are pickled cucumbers and pickled mangoes. You can also make sauerkraut, a fermented food made from shredded cabbage and other spices. The wonderful thing about fermented fruits and vegetables is that you do not have to eat them on their own – you can use them in various ways. Here are some ideas you can try: Serve them as a side dish. A small serving of fermented vegetables or fruit will add a wonderful contrast to your meal. They also help you feel full quicker, so you will not end up overeating. Try serving fermented carrots with your favorite steak or meat dish. Add them to your smoothies. You can even add the juice (the liquid where the fruit or vegetable is fermented) to the smoothie. Mix them in your green salads. Got some leftover pickled fruit? Chop it up and sprinkle it all over your green salad for a healthy and yummy twist. You can even add fermented fruits and vegetables to other types of salads, like green salads, bean salads, egg salads, and potato salads. Use them as a topping for your sweet desserts. Does your ice cream look and taste plain and boring? Spice it up with some fermented fruits, like pickled cherries or peaches. Use fermented vegetables to spice up your favorite wrap or sandwich. One great idea is to add sauerkraut to your meat sandwich – the crunchy texture will definitely delight you. Add it to your favorite dip. Your regular sour cream dip or guacamole will taste a lot better if you add some pickled pepper in it. Serve the dip with a healthy plate of carrot and celery sticks – a great snack for the weight-conscious! Flavor your favorite marinade, soup, or sauces with the fermented vegetable or fruit juice. Just like the fruit or vegetable itself, the juice also contains a good amount of probiotics. Don’t waste it! Add a little amount when making soup, sauces, or barbecue marinade. Fermentation is a great addition to your healthy lifestyle. Start fermenting vegetables and fruits, and try these creative ways to use them. You and your family will definitely benefit from it.