Fermented Foods Can Give You Bacteria. Seriously? Well, Good Ones that Your Body Can Benefit From

Probiotics are commonly found in dairy products, such as milk and yogurt. Whether you are not into dairy diet or need more of the good bacteria to help fight the bad ones, fermented foods are other great source of it.

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These are foods that help fight bad bacteria. It’s important to have small population of bad bacteria because they will only give you serious health conditions in the long run. This is highly recommended to eat by people who have overgrowth Candida, fungal infections, and other diseases caused by bacteria. In other words, fermented foods are healthy. Not to mention that they can last longer than most foods. Here are some homemade fermented foods you can try.

#1 – Horseradish
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Horseradish is a root type of food that you can plant in your own backyard or buy at a local supermarket. The good thing about fermented foods is that no cooking needed. So with fermented horseradish, you just wash, peel, and slice.

1 cup fresh horseradish root (peeled and chopped)
1 1/2 teaspoon unrefined sea salt
1 packet starter culture for fresh vegetables
2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup filtered water (or more)

1. Toss horseradish, sea salt, and starter culture into a food processor and mix for a minute.
2. Add water and process until the mixture is pasty.
3. Spoon horseradish mixture into each jar (thoroughly soaked in hot water).
4. Add a little more water and seal tightly.
5. Store in a warm place for at least 3 days or more.
6. Eat after several days to a week or transfer into the refrigerator to stay longer.

#2 – Pickled Jalapenos
Recipe source: nourishedkitchen

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For something spicy, jalapenos are a great choice. You may add tomatoes to neutralize the spicy flavor.

1 quart fresh jalapeno peppers (chopped)
/2 onion (sliced)
3 to 4 garlic cloves
3 tablespoons unrefined sea salt
1 quart filtered water

1. Clean jalapenos properly.
2. Mix jalapeno peppers, garlic, onions, and sea salt in a bowl.
3. Transfer the mixture into a jar.
4. Add water and refill until the top of the jar.
5. Seal each jar properly
6. Store in a warm location for at least 3 days and transfer into the refrigerator.

#3 – Sour Pickles

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If sour and spicy is your thing, this recipe is what you need to try. You may also add other vegetables that can be eaten raw if you prefer.

1 gallon organic, unwaxed pickling cucumbers
2 big bunches organic dill
2 large bulbs of organic garlic (peeled and chopped)
3 to 4 tablespoons pickling spice, i.e. mustard seeds, cloves, bay leaf, black pepper, turmeric (depending how spicy you prefer)
5 to 6 tablespoons unrefined sea salt
1 horseradish leaf (stem removed)
2 1/2 to 3 tablespoons of unrefined sea salt
1 quart filtered, chlorine-free water

1. Soak cucumbers in cold water until blanched.
2. Remove flower ends and stems of vegetables and was thoroughly.
3. Toss cucumber, dill, garlic, salt (5 to 6 tablespoons) and all spices equally in each jar.
4. Add salt and horseradish leaf.
5. Combine sea salt (2 1/2 to 3 tablespoons) and water in a glass or bowl. Transfer into each jar.
6. Store in a warm location for at least 3 days and transfer into the refrigerator.

#4 – Kimchi

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Kimchi is one of the most famous fermented foods, especially in Asia. This has originated in Korea, often referred to as Korean sauerkraut.

1 cabbage (thinly sliced)
1 bunch of green onions (chopped)
3 carrots (thinly sliced)
1 bunch radishes (thinly sliced)
1 tablespoon fresh ginger (grated)
4 cloves garlic (chopped)
2 tablespoons dried chili peppers or 3 fresh chili peppers (diced)
4 teaspoons sea salt
water (as needed)

1. Combine al ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
2. Cover and set aside in warm place for an hour.
3. Fill each jar with the mixture.
4. Add water filling each jar.
5. Store in a warm location for at least 3 days and transfer into the refrigerator.

#5 – Sauerkraut

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This is also a popular type of fermented food. You can use this as side dish, or additional filling of burgers and sandwiches.

1 medium (3 pounds) head green cabbage (rinsed, wilted limp outer leaves removed, quartered, core trimmed, and thinly sliced into ribbons)
1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoons caraway seeds or black pepper

1. Mix cabbage and salt in a bowl. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
2. Sprinkle with salt and caraway seeds or black pepper, and then mix.
3. Transfer the mixture into each jar.
4. Cover and seal properly. Set aside at a room temperature.
5. Press cabbage every few hours, add more liquid and salt, and then cover again.
6. Store for at least 3 days before putting into the refrigerator.

Remember to have jars washed properly before putting any ingredients or mixture in each. This ensures that you only get good bacteria.

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