Cultured food was a healthy mainstay in the diets of our ancestors. Only a minimal portion of their foods were even cooked -- raw foods, full of live enzymes made up the majority of their diet. Our "modern" methods of pasteurization and adding chemicals to speed fermentation of products like yogurt and cheese have killed these once enzyme-rich foods.
Cultured foods help reestablish the natural balance of our digestive system.
Through the ancient art of fermentation, these foods are partially digested by friendly enzymes, fungi, and good bacteria -- making their nutrients readily available with little work for your body.
Now I offer a culture starter you can use for raw vegetables -- to turn them into healthy and delicious cultured foods. Cultured vegetables are fortified with essential enzymes and good bacteria needed for optimal digestion and they are easier to digest than raw or cooked vegetables.
When you eat raw cultured vegetables loaded with enzymes -- you give your body an opportunity to make enzymes to rejuvenate itself instead of wasting a large portion of your enzymes digesting food. You can even use the nourishing culture to make your own tasty enzyme-rich whipped butter and sour cream.
Making Raw Cultured Vegetables
You can make cultured vegetables by shredding cabbage or a combination of cabbage and other vegetables and then packing them tightly into an airtight container -- leaving them to ferment at room temperature for several days or longer. During fermentation, the friendly bacteria are rapidly reproducing and converting sugars and starches to lactic acid.
Once the initial process is over, slow down the bacterial activity by putting the cultured veggies in the refrigerator. The cold greatly reduces the fermentation process, but will not stop it completely. Even if the veggies sit in your refrigerator for months, they will not spoil; instead they become more appetizing over time -- much like a fine wine.
The beneficial bacteria naturally present in the vegetables promptly lower the pH, making a more acidic environment so the bacteria can reproduce. The vegetables become soft, tasty, and slightly "pickled". The enzymes in cultured vegetables will also help digest other foods eaten with them, aiding in the breakdown of both carbohydrates and proteins.
Body Ecology Culture Starter Rejuvenates Raw Cultured
Vegetables into "Super Food"
While it is not necessary to add a "starter culture" to your vegetables, I highly recommend that you do it to ensure that your vegetables begin fermenting with a hardy strain of beneficial bacteria. The culture starter contains a very robust bacterium called L. Plantarum -- a probiotic attributed to preserving key nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants.
How to Use Body Ecology's Culture Starter:
- Dissolve one or two packages of starter culture in 1/2 cup warm (90°) natural spring water.
- Add some form of sugar to feed the starter (try Rapadura, Sucanat, raw honey, or EcoBLOOM). Although you know how opposed I am to sugar for all the terrible ways it can affect your health, you will need to add the sugar so the bacteria have a fuel source to grow and multiply. They are very fragile prior to the time they build up into large quantities. It is important to understand that the sugar you are adding will be used as fuel by the bacteria. No sugar will be left by the time you consume it. That is one of the reasons why these good bacteria are so important in that they radically improve your ability to digest not only sugars, but proteins.
- Let starter/sugar mixture sit for about 20 minutes or longer while the L. Plantarum and other bacteria wake up and begin enjoying the sugar -- then add the starter culture to the brine.
Order Your Culture Starter Now
Order Body Ecology's Culture Starter box today and you'll enjoy many meals of one of the most beneficial and economical foods you'll ever eat. Raw Cultured Vegetables make an exceptional garnish, enhancing just about any food with a lively taste -- while naturally aiding digestion. These veggies can sit in your refrigerator for months, only getting more delicious over time. Properly made, cultured vegetables have at least an eight month shelf life.
One starter box costs only $22.95 and contains six packets of culture plus easy beginners' recipes for making cultured vegetables, sour cream and butter. Order your delicious and super nutritious veggie starter today!