I had a fermentation party! By far, the coolest one was in Groton, CT, organized by my friend Heather (also the woman who got me hooked on kombucha). I will never forget the delicious piña colada smoothies Amber brought — I need to make that, stat! Basically, a bunch of people brought stuff they had fermented and everybody got to try some. I had so much fun and learned so much that I’ve now hosted two of my own, just to help other people start fermenting too. I think it can be intimidating if you’ve never been around lactofermented foods, but if you can taste the deliciousness and see how easy it is to make yourself, then it’s more doable. I call it a Show-And-Taste Fermentation Party. =)
There are a few theories about the “best” method of fermentation (i.e. “wild” with no probiotic starter, or the Nourishing Traditions method which uses liquid whey as a starter). Regardless of the method you choose, the bottom line is that we all need more probiotics for healthy digestion and probiotic food is an easy and cost-effective way to do it. And it tastes SOOOOO GOOD!
If you are interested in fermenting, but aren’t sure where to start, check out Body Ecology for free recipes here or here. Also, Nourishing Traditions is considered by many to be the bible of fermentation – I highly recommend it!
What do you like to ferment? Please share in the comments.