25 Fermentation Recipes you can’t wait to try!

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Why Ferment?

Before the invention of refrigeration, fermenting was the preferred method of food preservation all over the world. Not only does fermentation preserve food, but it actually increases it’s nutritional value but adding pro-biotics (beneficial bacteria) to your gut, which can aid in digestion and strengthen the immune system! Fermented foods come in all forms and flavors, so there is something for everyone.

Learn more about fermentation and why to do it:

1. Why I Eat Cultured Vegetables by Life By Jeanie

2. About Lacto-Fermentation by Oh Lardy


Fermented Vegetables

Fermented foods are naturally sour and have rich, varied flavors. Fermented vegetables include include pickles and sauerkraut, but are better than the ones from the grocery store, which are made with vinegar, sugar and often nasty chemicals and preservatives. They make a great side dish for meats and cooked veggies!

3. Traditional Korean Kimchi by Homemade Mommy

4. Easy Homemade Sauerkraut by Gutsy by Nature

5. How to Make Sauerkraut by Cheerfully Imperfect

6. Ridiculously Easy Homemade Dill Pickles by Primally Inspired

7. Lacto-Fermented Banana Peppers by Elston Backyard Farms

8. Easy Homemade Ginger Carrot Sauerkraut by Savory Lotus

Fermented Beverages

When you mention fermented beverages, people usually think of alcohol, but there are many other wonderful drinks to choose from. This is probably my favorite fermentation category! So many of these drinks are refreshing and delicious. If you are trying to kick the soda habit, there are some great alternatives to choose from, because often fermentation makes beverages naturally carbonated! I love making homemade kefir soda, because it’s delicious and my kids drink it like its going out of style!


9. Fermented Apple Juice by Oh Lardy

10. Homemade Kefir Soda by Cheerfully Imperfect

11. Beet Kvass by The Yogi Mami

12. Coconut Water Kefir Beet Kvass by The Healthy Habit Coach

13. Mason Jar Sangria by The Darling Bakers

14. Lychee Coconut Water Kefir by Loula Natural

15. Top 17 Kombucha Recipes by The Nourished Life


Fermented Dairy and Dairy Replacements

Yogurt is one of the most well known fermented (cultured) foods in North America. Most people have had yogurt and you can find it in grocery stores everywhere. But it’s really not difficult to make yourself. If you already enjoy yogurt, you should try it’s slightly more sour cousin, kefir. Milk kefir is great in smoothies and on it’s own and has sen more beneficial bacterias than yogurt. And for those of you who can’t tolerate milk, we have even included a yogurt for you!

16. Homemade Yogurt by The Yogi Mami

17. Milk Kefir – Simple Instructions by Cheerfully Imperfect

18. Homemade Coconut Yogurt by Gutsy by Nature


Fermented and then Baked: Sourdough

Although sourdough bread itself doesn’t contain pro-biotics after you bake it, the process of fermenting the dough makes it so much easier to digest and for your body to absorb the nutrients! If you don’t already soak, sour and sprout your grains, you should! Sourdough is my absolute favorite kind of bread and it’s hard to keep around because my kids love it so much! Making your own starter is easy! And once you have starter you can use it for pancakes and biscuits too!


19. Sourdough Starter by Pure Traditions

20. Traditional Sourdough Bread by Pure Traditions

21. Savory Soured Oatcakes by Cheerfully Imperfect


Fermented Condiments

And last, but not least, fermenting your own condiments will not only save you money at the grocery store, but these provide a natural tangy flavor, along with the added health benefits and beneficial bacteria in your gut!

Ranch Dressing

22. Ranch Dressing by Homemade Mommy

23. Homemade Lacto-Fermented Ketchup by Suzy Homemaker

24. Fermented Ketchup by Homemade Mommy

25. Spicy Fermented Cranberry Orange Relish by Homemade Mommy

So, happy fermenting! But, be careful. Once you start, you won’t want to stop. It’s crazy awesome like that!!!

If you need starter cultures for kombucha, kefir, etc, you can buy them here!

To learn more about about fermented foods, check out this post by Cheeseslave.

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