Welcome to the 30 Day Fermented Foods Challenge!
I have wanted to do this fermented foods challenge for a long time, but not by myself! I need others to hold me accountable and to share recipes and tips with! Are you interested in fermented foods, but not sure how to get started? You are in good company!
But first… Why do a fermented foods challenge?
Fermented foods and beverages are found in every traditional culture in the world. Before the invention of refrigeration and the advent of modern preservatives, fermenting was the only way to store food. Fermentation is the process of good bacterias feeding on the naturally occurring sugars in the foods. The end result is a slightly more sour food or beverage with lots of probiotics and increased vitamin content. In western culture we have replaced fermentation with other methods of food preservation and our health has suffered as a result. To learn more about fermented foods and why they are so essential to life and good health, check out these articles:
Okay, I am convinced I should do the Fermented Foods Challenge. What’s next?
It’s easy! I have created a Fermented Foods Challenge Facebook group that you can join. The challenge starts on March 15th, 2014 so hopefully that is enough time to gather any supplies or try out any recipes you want to use. The purpose of the Facebook group is to share tips, recipes and keep each other accountable.
Requirements to participate in the fermented foods challenge:
- Must eat (or drink) at least one fermented food (or beverage) per day. More is better, but one a day is the minimum.
- Must share with the group what you ate at least twice a week.
That’s it. Pretty easy, right? If you are worried about what finding or making fermented foods to eat and drink, we will step each other through it. You can ask your questions in the group and we can troubleshoot together! If you are curious what kinds of foods you can include, check out these 25 fermentation recipes, to get an idea. Each week until the challenge starts I will post recipes that are easy for beginning fermenters to make.
Let’s do this!
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