Category Archives: Fermented Foods

Fermented Turmeric Tea

Medicine from Scratch To enhance turmeric’s medicinal wallop, ferment it. In five minutes of your time (plus two days to ferment), you can create a base for a month’s supply of tasty and healing fermented turmeric tea. Best known for its characteristic bright orange-yellow color and as a signature ingredient in curry, turmeric is the… Continue Reading

Millet Polenta Cakes with Zucchini, Daikon, Cherry Tomatoes, and Cilantro-Miso Pesto

Reprinted with permission from Cultured Foods for your Kitchen by Leda Scheintaub. Photo by William Brinson. This recipe is an extension of the Fermented Millet Porridge concept (and a riff on the French-style chickpea flour–based bites known as panisse); after you’ve made your porridge, you pour it onto a baking sheet to firm up, then… Continue Reading

Fermented Millet Porridge

Reprinted with permission from Leda Scheintaub’s Cultured Foods for Your Kitchen Millet becomes surprisingly thick and creamy when it’s fermented (see Three Reasons to Soak, Sprout and/or Ferment Grains) and then cooked, making it a satisfying breakfast option for folks who are dairy free and those just looking to add more whole grains into their… Continue Reading

Fermented Cranberry Relish

Fermentation is the secret to this fresh sweet and sour cranberry relish. If you haven’t yet made a cultured food, let this foolproof recipe be your gateway to tangible kitchen magic. Yes, you can effortlessly transform the flavor and healthfulness of basic ingredients into a superior product. I delight in the simplicity of this recipe… Continue Reading

Fruit Kvass

The historic Russian beverage kvass is traditionally made by fermenting rye bread,  and often fruit, into an invigorating and effervescent drink. It’s currently marketed in Russia as a patriotic—and more healthful—soft drink alternative. My version is an ambrosial grain-free nectar that’s oh-so-easy to make. What does it taste like? A tangy blend of sweet and… Continue Reading

Honey Pickled Kohlrabi

Here are at least three excellent reasons why you’ll want to try this traditional Chinese recipe that is historically used to ease digestion and help heal ulcers. You’ll find it: Deeply and surprisingly delicious Effortless to make Aids digestion (it’s fermented) It’s fun to serve as its identity will baffle even the most sophisticated gourmand. At… Continue Reading

Ruby Sauerkraut with Caraway

Accompanying article: Fermented Foods Strengthen Immune System Tangy and delicious homemade sauerkraut is a living cultured food that is high in lactic acid., it strengthens your immune system and has other remarkable healing properties. Refrigerated kraut holds well for months and gets sassier as it ages. Iin this easy kraut recipe, I vary the seasonings… Continue Reading

Homemade Corned Beef

Here’s how you can corn beef without adding chemicals—albeit, you’ll reduce the fermentation period to one week (versus the traditional 3-week period). By keeping the meat submerged below the brine’s surface, and in an anaerobic—or air-free—environment, it safely cures. Once fermented and then cooked, slice corned beef very thin and serve with horseradish sauce or… Continue Reading

Home Brewed Cider

Accompanying article: Kefir Using the same kefir grains (see Kefir—Homemade) as for making kefir milk, you can make a variety of healthful, lactic-acid fermented beverages. Sandor Katz, writes in Wild Fermentation that “You can kefir fruit or vegetable juice, or water with any sweetener you like, or rice milk, soymilk, or nut milk. Cranberry juice… Continue Reading

Dilled Red Radish, Carrot and Cauliflower Pickles

Accompanying Newsletter: Pickles for Health   I typically serve a little pickle with a meal. Primarily because home made pickles are so delicious, but also because they are a healthy addiction. These pickles are my family’s favorite. They are a simple salt-water fermentation of the kind that our grandmothers used to make. In late summer… Continue Reading


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