We love fermented foods. If you don't know anything about it, it's the natural and original way to pickle things. True sauerkraut is lacto-fermented, NOT pasteurized and soaked in vinegar. The difference is an amazingly healthy antibiotic, probiotic and health tonic vs. a sodium loaded junk food. Check out this link if you want to know more about the history. Lacto-Fermentation
Here we are washing jars. Got them super cheap at our local MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) thrift store.
Here are lids, cherry tomatoes from the garden and free cucumbers from our Amish raw milk suppliers.
I put all the tomatoes into boiling water and immediately removed them directly into ice water. This keeps the nutrients and causes the skin to separate from the tomato. Dip out the tomato, peel the skin, place pulp in green bowl and skin in white for compost.
As described above.
Tomatoes in ice water.
Just one of the three bowls of our tomato harvest that we fermented. I've got 3 more bowls to ferment today.
Here is the end result of our salsa. Make sure tomatoes are cup up really good, add in onion, garlic, some green pepper, a little salt, whey (left over from making yogurt), tons of HOT PEPPERS and cover tight. This is THE BEST hot salsa I've ever had! Great thing is, 1. It's raw. 2. It's a probiotic. 3. It is really hot and spicy. 4. It's almost completely free!!! (Just maybe a penny for each jar (the salt and whey byproduct from making yogurt)). 5. It is super fast and easy.
Cucumbers in water and whey/salt/spices.
8 jars of cucumbers, 6 jars of kickin salsa
Add cabbage, cardamom seeds and whey and salt. Mash (by hand) for a while till there's a lot of juice.
Cabbage is incredibly juicy when bruised. Who knew?
There was tons of juice.
Then just put it into jars and let sit.
2 hours worth of work, $1.50 worth of materials, enough health food to last a family 6 months. This will KILL colds, flus, stomach ailments, any sickness or candidas. This will give you energy, fix your intestines, stomach, colon with beneficial bacteria, thus healing your body. Great for many many ailments. It's a no brainer!