Get Cultured! How to Make Sauerkraut!February 16th, 2011 | 9 Comments
Listening to last week’s Great Health Debate, I realized that there is so much stuff that I don’t know. Hearing guys like David Wolfe talk about the benefits of wild foods and herbs like medicinal mushrooms (reishi, shitake, chaga, mitake), nettles, and horsetail was pretty cool and actually quite inspiring. I wanted to get on Amazon right then and start buying books about the healing powers of food. But at the same time, I’m becoming more and more aware of the fact that I have a minor addiction to buying books online. Have you seen my living room?
The first step to recovery is admitting that you have a problem.
Anyway, enough about my Amazon.com dependency. Lately, I’ve been thinking about the whole Paleo thing. I agree that we should eat like our ancestors, that our genes are hardwired for specific traditional foods that we have consumed for thousands of generations. But I also wonder why the Paleo crowd makes little, if any, mention of fermented foods, bone broths, and organ meats. Yeah, I understand that my Paleo friends aren’t trying to exactly mimic the diet of caveman and cavewoman. That wouldn’t be practical for most folks. I always say that the best diet to stick to is one that you can stick to.
I’m even guilty of leaving out these highly beneficial foods. My bad.
But that’s about to change RIGHT NOW!
We’re about to Get Cultured.
Jennifer McGruther of Nourished Kitchen is in the house today to show us how to make sauerkraut. You know, that stuff that tastes really good on your organic hot dogs. I won’t even begin to act like I know a whole lot about fermentation or sauerkraut. So, we’ll just have to ask the expert. Be sure to check out the video above to get the scoop.
What I can say, based on my limited knowledge, was that when Jenny sent over the ingredients, I was wondering if she forgot an ingredient or two. All I needed were cabbage and salt. That’s it? No starter culture? I heard that sauerkraut is loaded with beneficial bacteria. That’s why it’s great to eat if you’re having a hard time going poop.
But, where does it come from if we don’t use a starter?
Peep the video and find out! And learn more about Jenny’s Get Cultured e-course by clicking the link below!
I’m out! See you tomorrow on UW Radio!