What Are Prebiotics and Why Should I Care?

In the world of fermentation, you will often hear talk of probiotics (living microorganisms that confer health benefit when consumed and maintained in healthy balance) and the health value that they add to our diets. What we don’t hear much about, however, are prebiotics. In my opinion, prebiotics are even more essential in promoting digestive health than probiotics.  I know this may seem a little sacrilegious to utter in fermenting circles, but hear me out. Ingesting probiotics is great, but … continue…

Spicy Fermented Daikon Radish Threads

Fermented Spicy Daikon Radish recipe

I love fermented daikon! There…., I said it! It never seems to fail me when I either include it in another ferment or ferment it on its own. And it’s not just that I love fermented daikon radish, I get the sense that lactobacillus loves daikon too. It’s radishy, don’t get me wrong, but when daikon ferments, it gets a nice sourness to it which seems to fill out the normal bite of the radish. While you can find daikon radishes … continue…

How to Lose Weight and Keep it Off by Eating Fermented Foods

fermented foods and weight loss

People come to discover fermented foods either because of the health benefits associated with eating them or simply because they love the taste. One thing many people don’t know is that eating fermented foods can lead to weight loss and help to keep off those extra pounds. I’ve scoured through much published research and there is some good evidence pointing toward the consumption of fermented foods in helping to control weight.  When I recommend fermented foods, I’m mostly speaking of fermented vegetables. … continue…

Sour Pickles

Sour Pickle Recipe

When I was a kid growing up in Chicago, my mother would occasionally take my brother and I to a restaurant called The Pickle Barrel where every table had sour pickles and popcorn. I’m thinking the tables were made from old pickle barrels, but that may just be a fond enhancement of my memory. Having Russian/Ukrainian grandparents on one side of my family meant regular appearances by dill pickles for snacking as well.  If you’ve never made your own, the … continue…

Sea Kraut

sea kraut seaweed sauerkraut recipe

The sea can be very generous in terms of providing food sources, none healthier than seaweed. Making this Seaweed Sauerkraut recipe ( I like to call it Sea Kraut) is a wonderful alternative to standard sauerkraut.  There are many kinds of seaweeds and in my experience, they are mostly all delicious. Living close to the ocean in Northern California, I’ve got quite a collection of locally harvested seaweed, but for those of you without easy access, seaweed can be readily … continue…