I Like Bacteria

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I like to grow bacteria.

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It’s a weird habit.

And a healthy habit.

It started about 6 years ago.  And the more bacteria that I grow, the more I want to grow. 

 

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Why?

For starters, it is an addicting habit.  I can be creative.  Colorful. Even flavorful with this habit.  It is a challenge to find just the right bacteria that my family will dive into.  Begin requesting.  Craving. 

The more bacteria you have, the more you want it.

What am I really talking about?

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Fermenting. 

When my husband and I dived into the organic, whole foods rabbit hole six years ago, I had no idea that at any given time in the future, there would be countless Mason jars sitting on our counter top colonizing bacteria. 

 

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During my quest for improved health and a desperate attempt to avoid using medication, due to acquiring Hashimoto’s Disease and PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), I came across a fabulous book titled, The Maker’s Diet, by Jordan Rubin.  It changed my life . . . I suppose you could say. 

 

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That book then led me to Sally Fallon’s cookbook, Nourishing Traditions (which I am giving away on my website).

 

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It was in these now well worn pages, that I discovered a whole new world of cooking, of baking, of nourishing my family.  I would never go back to our old diet, our SAD diet (Standard American Diet).

Nourishing food is too much fun.  And our health has significantly improved.

I can let my 3-year old eat spoonfuls of ketchup at a time.  Yup.  He’s eating bacteria!  And I understand the ingredients.  Let me show you.

Homemade Ketchup

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups canned organic tomato paste (this translates to four 6 oz cans)
  • 1/4 cup whey (the yellowish liquid on top of yogurt)
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (the real stuff from the tree)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and mashed
  • (optional) 1/2 cup fish sauce (can be found in the Asian section of your grocery store)

 

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Directions

  • Mix all of the above ingredients together until thoroughly blended.
  • Pour or plop mixture into a quart-sized mason jar. You will want to use a wide-mouth mason jar. There should be at least 1 inch of room from the ketchup to the top of the jar lid. I would recommend using the traditional metal lid versus the new plastic one-piece lids.
  • Leave on your counter for two days before moving it to its chilly home, your refrigerator.

 

To learn more about fermentation, I HIGHLY recommend you consider taking the Get Cultured e-course.  In this course, you will gain an arsenal of information to begin a fun and easy journey into fermented foods, which sadly has become a lost art in our fast paced culture.  You will learn how to prepare enzyme-rich fermented foods, yogurts, condiments, salsas and chutneys in your kitchen with over 50 video tutorials,  100 recipes and 60  tutorials, plus the free 36-pg e-book Get Cultured: Probiotic Recipe from the Nourished Kitchen. To see the course description, head on over to Nourished Kitchen’s Get Cultured:  How to Ferment Anything.

If any of the below bullet points make your belly growl for help, sign up!

  • You want to build immunity naturally
  • You want to optimize gut health and digestion
  • You want to give up processed commodity foods and start eating real
  • You value cooking from scratch and mastering the lost arts of traditional foods
  • You want to restore the proper balance to your gut
  • You  or your family suffers from digestive ills or food intolerances.
  • You adhere to a real food diet or the dietary guidelines of the Weston A Price Foundation.
  • You want to SAVE money by making good food at home from scratch
  • You’re on a grain free diet such as GAPS or SCD which places importance on the value of fermented foods

Sign up now and get a bonus free lesson!

Classes begin March 4th!  Don’t wait, because the price for the class increases March1st, from $149 to $199.  Don’t forget this course can be used for a lifetime of good intestinal health! 

And if you sign up, you can get more entries over at my blog to win the Nourishing Traditions cookbook!  I am also having a giveaway for some water kefir grains (a soda alternative) that you just might want to use during the Get Cultured e-course!  Tell Jenny Granola Mom sent you!

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  1. The Sierra Home Companion February 25, 2011
  2. sheila February 25, 2011
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