Fermented foods are becoming very popular all around the world, ranging from sauerkraut to kimchi to kombucha. Ladies and gentlemen, let me ask you a quick question – do you know what are fermented foods? If NO, then you shouldn’t be worried, because we can answer that question for you. Fermented foods are foods that have been through a process of lacto fermentation in which natural bacteria feed on sugar and starch in the food creating lactic acid. You should know that it takes some time to get it right so you have to be patient when making fermented snacks but, the wait is definitely worth it. The experts say that this process preserves these foods and creates high levels of beneficial enzymes, B vitamins, and various probiotics. Ginger – we can easily say that ginger is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Ginger is known for reducing inflammation, and fighting cancer. Ginger contains gingerol, the main bioactive compound responsible for it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. This means that ginger is ideal for treating any form of nausea. Did you know that ginger is very useful for regulating your blood sugar levels? The answer is YES. And, one more thing – ginger will improve the health of your heart and lower the levels of LDL (low-density lipoprotein, bad cholesterol).
Ginger Bug – RECIPE:
- 2 tablespoons ginger root, grated
- 2 tablespoons sugar (any whole-foods sugar)
- 1/2 cup filtered water
- a quart or 1/2 gallon-size jar (or other)
- NOTE: make sure your water is at room temperature, so the sugar will dissolve quickly and mix all the ingredients well.
- Cover it with a napkin or paper towel and secure with a rubber band.
- Every 24 hours, you should add all the ingredients listed above again.
- Don’t discard anything but keep adding.
- Make sure it’s aerated by stirring it occasionally.
- After some time, you should notice it getting bubbly.
- Double check that nothing is growing inside the container every now and then.
- By the end of the week, you’ve got yourself a ginger bug that you can add to a glass of water for a stomach settling drink.
Fermented ginger – RECIPE:
- Ginger root, peeled and sliced
- 1 tablespoon Turmeric
- 1 tablespoon Sea salt
- Lemon Juice (enough to cover everything)
- Soak your ginger in cold water for 15 minutes.
- Using a spoon, gently scrape the skin off.
- NOTE: for a small jar use a ginger root roughly the size of your hand.
- Squeeze about five lemons to get enough to cover the ginger, then combine it all in a bowl until all is dissolved.
- Pour it all over your ginger in the jar and close it up air tight.
- Allow it to ferment at room temperature for about two weeks.
- Serve on the side of a dish but don’t cook them if you want the advantages of the lacto fermentation.