Myself and Rachel attended a great workshop last week run by April Danann in The Happy Pear on fermentation and living foods. There was a lot of exciting information to take on board and we both left feeling like we had taken on a new full time job and become scientists!
As I mentioned in a previous post on sprouts, gut health is something that really interests me. There are so many things we can do with foods and drinks to repair any damage that has been done to our gut by medications, processed foods and illness. It was so exciting to learn that without much expense we can turn ordinary vegetables, fruit and water into a healthy, tasty and probiotic foods.
April kindly sent us all home with a Mother starter for making sourdough bread. Myself and Rachel both gave it a go over the weekend and we were delighted with the results. There was a few moments that I thought I had killed it but it was such an achievement to watch it rise.
We also learnt how to make a ginger bug drink, kombucha, sauerkraut and apple cider vinegar. There are so many health benefits to all of these great fermented goods but the ultimate healer is apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is well known for it’s endless healing properties and can also be used as a skin toner, hair product and to clean around the house. Keep an eye out for apple cider vinegar that contains Mother. You will see strands or lumps floating in the bottom of the bottle. This is the good stuff! The Mother contains raw enzymes and gut friendly bacteria that promotes healing. Start the day with a shot of apple cider vinegar or add it to water with lemon and honey to sweeten it. It is also delicious as a dressing. The healing properties of apple cider vinegar get damaged when heated so don’t add it to hot water or cooked foods.
April sells her home brews in farmers markets around Ireland most weekends so make sure to follow her on Instagram so you can catch her. We would love to hear about your experiences with fermenting foods at home, get in touch and share your photos with us.