For what it’s worth, #1 thing I’ve learned is that it usually looks worse than it is, and that the smell of the starter is a major indicator. I’ve put together a quick list of what’s worked for me + tips from the pros, check them out!
Last year this time, I got my first taste of sourdough.
Four ingredients, old-school methods, better than store bought insta-breads? I was already sold when I came across a local Sourdough Workshop. I had no idea the depth of bread-making, how much detail, control and fuss goes into good bread or how deep down the rabbit hole I’d go! Baking sourdough with wild yeast promise an audible crust, tangy, buttery center, and comes with so many health benefits. I absolutely fell in love with the science, the process and sharing my passion for naturally levained sourdough bread. Check out how you can make your own starter!
No secret- sugary, processed foods, stress and antibiotics all contributes to a leaky gut. A leaky gut can cause inflammation, which can often become systemic and affect the health of the brain. Signs and symptoms of a bad gut can range from eczema, food allergies, excessive sugar cravings, down to your mood (70% of your body’s serotonin levels are found within your gut!).
So the cure? Probiotics! Inoculating foods and bevies with the good bacteria deters wild strains of bad bacteria from growing. Fermented foods and drinks can be more effective than a probiotic supplement as they also contain “food” for the microflora to help promote their growth. Another advantage, ferments introduce a variety of bacteria species, whereas a probiotic supplement has only a limited number of the species. We love variety around here!
This beverage is by far the easiest, fastest way to supplement heaps of probiotics. It also contains unique peptides with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immune regulating effects. Not to mention, it’s friggen delicious! Some history, how-to and troubleshooting Water Kefir after the jump
In cheesemaking, moisture controls the texture, specifically the firmness in the end product. It’s no different here!
After the desired days of fermentation, outer layer will be crusty and hard, but the cheese under should still have the consistency of a thick spread. There are several ways of drying, or “aging” the cultured product to manipulate its texture, flavour, and shape. This is the crucial step in mimicking certain characteristics of some of your favorite dairy cheeses.
Feeling more confident now that you understand how dairy-free cheese is made? It’s seriously simpler than you think! This particular method only requires 3 key components: a base, a culture starter and salt.
In this recipe, a quinoa rejuvelac acts as the culture starter.
*What? You don’t have rejuvelac handy or have any idea what it even is? Head here to learn more about this probiotic beverage and make your own.
What is Dairy Free Cheese?
Thanks to food science, we are constantly challenging traditional food systems and revolutionizing the modern day diet with traditional techniques – the pursuit for dairy-free cheese is on the rise!
When my friends ask me what does dairy free or vegan cheese taste like, well to explain that, I’d have to breakdown how it’s made.
Traditionally, fermentation is used to preserve harvest. Every culture has it’s own version of ferments like pickles, kimchi, dairy, sauerkraut, fish or grains – fermentation is deeply ingrained with our growth as a species. Methods, ingredients and flavours became an identity over the years, extremely rich in history and health benefits.
It’s no secret, there’s an abundance of benefits that comes with naturally fermenting your foods, such as adding nutrients (enzymes, vitamins, antioxidants, Omega-3 fatty acids and various strains of probiotics), eliminating toxins (like phytic acid) and it even breaks down the food so it is more accessible. Vegetables, fruits, legumes and grains undergone a “Lacto-fermentation” become fully optimized foods that help cleanse our bodies.
But, what exactly happens during lacto-fermentation?
I first heard about probiotics when I was struggling with skin problems about 6 years ago. I had really sensitive skin, mild inflammation and sometimes annoying acne. Incorporating store bought probiotics was the first step to my recovery. My skin was noticeably better within two weeks, I felt more buoyant and clear. Probiotics are beneficial live bacteria or yeast that helps with protecting and maintaining the digestive tract. When something disrupts the balance of bacteria in your gut, you’re going to have fatigue, poor digestion/absorption, inflammation, skin problems, poor immune system and so on. Probiotics slowly heals and rebuilds your intestine tracks and maintains it!
Naturally, I was extremely excited about this finding and shortly after, I started to integrate probiotic rich foods into my diet at home. Pickles are not only one of the easiest, but super fun to make. Check out my go-to recipe + how to keep em’ crunchy after the jump! Continue reading “Lacto-fermented Pickles”
Rejuvelac – it’s fizzy, it’s fermented, it’s full of probiotics and vitamins. Rejuvelac is perfect for people trying to avoid yeast, but is still down with gut health!
Now made with quinoa! Enjoy it as is or make your favorite ferments with this.