Tuesday, April 7, 2015
F is for Fermented Food
A-Z Challenge is
Aging into Longevity
During the past 2 years,
I've really become serious
about fermented food.
My gut feels peaceful after
a meal of mostly fermented
food. I began to experiment
fermenting different vegetables,
thus nourishing my organs
by adding the good guys to fight the bad. I also took pleasure in
all the fermented drinks, such as kefir and kombucha.
My favorite is a kvass. Beet kvass is a "toofer" (like at my dry
cleaners, 2 items for the price of one) because the benefits
include healing the liver with the powerful beet juice, while
adding good bacteria to a depleted gut.
Here's a drink you'll love........fermented lemonade. This one
you'll have to try. And it's sooo simple to make.
2 C fresh lemon juice (or limes or a mix of both)
1/2 to 3/4 C sugar
1/2 C whey
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
2 qt. water
Mix and put in a 1-gal glass jar with cover. Use a wooden
spoon to stir......not metal.
Leave on counter for 2 days as the sugar gets eaten up,
then refrigerate and begin drinking after a week. If it's
too tart for your taste, add up to 5 drops of stevia as
you drink it.
How to make whey from plain commercial yogurt
Put the yogurt in layers of cheese cloth or a dish towel.
Let drip (maybe overnight) into a bowl
You can hang it like a bag from a cupboard door knob (or)
Tie the bag around a wooden spoon handle and place
across a tall pitcher.
The more good bacteria you put in the gut, the better you
are able to fight off the bad bacteria, virus and fungi. Killing
the pathogens may cause symptoms of die-off, such as headaches
and a flu feeling. That is when many people blame the
fermentation and quit. Wrong.
At that time just buck up because it will end in a couple days
and you'll feel a sudden rush of good health.
I truly cannot recommend a greater boon to good health and
longevity than eating fermented foods.