I Like Bacteria

I like to grow bacteria.


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. 





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?




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. 



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. 




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



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.

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Homemade Ketchup




  • 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)





  • 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
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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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  • The Sierra Home Companion , February 25, 2011

    I received Nourishing Traditions this winter and I have to be honest, it intimidated me so bad it now sits on the shelf. I am in awe of you for doing it.:)

  • sheila , February 25, 2011

    Well, I have to admit that when I saw the title of this, I was both grossed out and intrigued, lol. But WOW, I admire what you are doing! I don't think I could do it all the way, getting everyone to eat healthier was a feat in itself. I would guess though that teaching this to kids/having them grow up with the lifestyle would make it easier. VERY interesting post! So nice, I read it twice! I may try some of this. Some. lol

  • Jo&apos;s Health Corner , February 26, 2011

    Thanks for sharing! Bacteria is so important for our health.
    I really enjoy both those books mentioned in the post.

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