Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.
For the past few weeks, the kids and I have been testing out a product for fermenting foods at home called Fermentools. It has been such a cool learning experience, and the tasty fermented food at the end is a pretty awesome perk too!
Why Ferment Food?
You’ve probably already heard of or tried specific foods that are fermented, but perhaps you didn’t realize it was technically a fermented food or maybe aren’t aware of all the benefits! I didn’t know how good fermented foods were for us until I more recently started looking into gut health.
The basic idea behind why fermented foods are so good for us boil down to bacteria. Our bodies are full of bacteria (despite how gross that sounds!) and it’s important for us to have the right balance of good versus bad bacteria, especially in our guts. Fermented foods offer a great way to increase the good bacteria in our systems which allows for healthier guts.
Some foods you may already eat or know about that are loaded with these awesome bacteria are yogurt, kombucha or sauerkraut. These foods are loaded with probiotics, so you can get all that you need naturally instead of taking a supplement. It’s also a GREAT science lesson to do with your kiddos as well.
The kit we have been using from Fermentools has all the main parts needed to get started with fermenting. They provide a stainless steel lid, glass weight, rubber stopper, air lock, and a bag of Himalayan pink salt. They also give you an instruction manual to make it easy to set up and get started with your first fermented DIY recipe!
There are so many foods you can ferment. This is not only great for when you have some more veggies at home than your family will eat in a week, but it takes healthy foods and provides even more healthy options!
Just choose the recipe you want to follow and fill a mason jar up. We decided to try fermenting some garlic since we are big garlic eaters and just got a bunch of cloves from our neighbor’s garden!
For the most part, all you have to add is the initial foods, water, and the correct amount of Himalayan pink salt to make a brine. Then, follow the instructions for closing it all up with their air lock system and wait! Depending on the recipe, it might take a few days to be ready or it could be a couple of weeks.
There are so many health benefits to fermenting foods, and it couldn’t be any easier thanks to Fermentools easy start up kit! To check out what others fermented, head over to the Homeschool Review Crew.