Saturday, March 9, 2013

Fermented Vegetables and Cilantro


I know, I know!!!  Holy jars of what??? This would be my second go of fermenting veggies and herbs.  I had severals jars going about a month ago, except 3 of my gallon jars went bad.  I got the wrong jars for the job.  The lid didn't seal right and to much air destroy the fermentation process.  It's rather difficult to find gallon glass jars anywhere these days.  Every now and then,  I would score them at thrift stores and that would be a lucky day for me.  I fermented 6 bunch of cilantro in the blue jar.  The rest is a mixture of 8 bunch of radishes with the greens, 8.76 lbs of Korean Daikon and 8.83 lbs of Diakon.  This should take about a week or two to be ready to eat.    It is beyond delicious and so healthy for you.  I went through that blue jar of fermented Italian parsley in one week!    
This is the half gallon ball mason jar that had a tight seal and didn't go bad on me.  I just sampled the green beans and oh my, it is delicious.  It was an experiment with the beans and I didn't realized the taste is amazing.  I'm going to have to find a gallon jar just to ferment the green beans a.s.a.p.!

Why am I obsessed with fermented food?  It's not because I grew up eating fermented Asian greens that my mom has an endless supply of it.  I had no idea about the nutritional value of it until recently.  I read somewhere that fermented foods are some of the best chelators available. The beneficial bacteria in these foods are very potent detoxifiers, capable of drawing out a wide range of toxins and heavy metals.  They hold them until they are removed by the stool.   

80% of your immune system resides in your gut and it is known as "the second brain".  Maintaining optimal gut flora, and 'reseeding' your gut with fermented foods may be one of the most important steps you can take to improve your health.  It's worth noting that each mouthful of fermented food can provide trillions of beneficial bacteria—far more than you can get from a high potency probiotics supplement.  The bacteria in your gut influence your overall health—physical, mental, and emotional.   Probiotics have been found to influence the activity of hundreds of your genes, helping them to express in a positive, disease-fighting manner—some of which affect your body in a manner resembling the effects of certain medicines!  Fermenting a variety of vegetables and herbs provide an array of beneficial bacteria.  So, get a hold of a tightly seal jar and learn how to make your own batch of cultured foods to inoculate your gut.  

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