All in Preserving Food

Why You Should be Eating Fermented Foods Every. Single. Day. (Plus: What is a Fermented Food?)

What is fermentation, exactly? Find out why you should eat fermented foods every single day! There are four main fermentation processes that help your body in SO many different ways---here is a breakdown of the process! Did you know our bodies have more bacteria than cells? Eating fermented foods keeps the balance healthy. Find out more! 

How to Make Herbal Beer: A Spring Bitters Tonic Ale Recipe--Well Balanced, Healthy, Delicious

My husband loves beer! I'm just barely starting to learn an appreciation for beer and ale, but I love the fact that we can make our own, and it's MUCH better than commercially made beer! Plus, when we use herbs to make it, the beer contains the health benefits from all the plant goodness!  This recipe below is for what I am calling "Spring Bitters."  This herbal ale turned out very well-balanced, and my husband has pronounced that it is the best one yet!  

Golden Beet & Turmeric Kvass---A Fermenting Success! How to Make Golden Beet Kvass!

When I was at the organic market the other day, I just couldn't resist these beautiful golden beets.  I grow bright red/purple beets, and when I need beets from the store, I generally turn to these typically colored beets.  But on this day, I decided to opt for the lovely golden beets!  The color of the flesh reminded me of the color of Turmeric, an incredible medicinal herb that helps with all kinds of ailments, and especially inflammation in the body.  

So.....I decided to try making some Golden Beet Kvass with Turmeric!  YUM!!!  Here is how I made Golden Beet Kvass and how it turned out with the addition of Turmeric.

How to Make Fermented Cranberries!

Have you ever cleaned out your freezer and found things in there that you should really just use already?  I found a bag of frozen fresh cranberries hiding out in my freezer, and I decided I'd just go ahead and ferment them!  The reason I decided to ferment my old cranberries is because 1) it's not Thanksgiving or Fall, and I just didn't feel like a cranberry sauce deal; and 2) I just wanted to see how it would go! Plus, fermented foods are GREAT for your gut!  So here's how I fermented my cranberries and also how I used these fermented beauties.  

How to Ferment Lemons in 9 Easy Steps (Plus Variations!)

I have become addicted to fermenting foods--ALL the foods! So when I was gifted with about a million lemons about a month ago, I had to find some great ways to use them!  Of course, I turned to fermentation, which is a way to preserve your food so it lasts longer while (magic of all magics)---supplies probiotic goodness to your body!  I'm a fan of fermentation because you have two great things going on at the same time: preservation AND raw health benefits and probiotics in your food to serve your body. Here's how to ferment lemons!

How to Make Herbal Beer (Ale), Part One

My husband (Mr. HHH) and I started our home brewing journey a few years ago using the pre-made kits from the local home brew store because we didn't know what we were doing, quite frankly.  Then I read Stephen Harrod Buhner's book, Sacred & Herbal Healing Beers, and became entranced with making herbal beers.  So, when the "Craft of Herbal Fermentation" course over at the New England Academy of Herbal Medicine opened up, I applied as a blogger for the course and I was SO thankful to be accepted!  Today, I just finished Unit One of the course, and guess what?!  It's all about using herbs to brew ales and beer.  What a delight!

How to Brew Herbal Beer...My Mountain Man Beer Recipe

We began learning about the home brew process about two years ago, and after a few successful attempts at your typical brews, we began venturing into the world of herbal beers.  This recipe is the first one we ever tried, and to this day remains in our top ten list!  It's made with plants from our area in the Mojave Desert.  However, you can use herbs from your area just as easily!  Actually, most of the plants used grow throughout the U.S.  Spread your wings, and break into herbal beer brewing!  Good for you and delicious too!  Catch a buzz while getting healthy!

How to Make Delicious Fermented Jalapeño Pepper Rings

I just love spice! The hotter the better, in fact!  I also can't stand waste.  I recently was gifted a huge bag of jalapeno peppers, and I couldn't possibly use them all before they spoiled.  Fermenting for food preservation is a healthy, quick, and workable way to extend the life of your foods---especially when you have too much to use right away!  Find out how to make these fermented probiotic-rich jalapeno pepper rings.  They are delicious to eat by themselves, as a tangy, spicy topping, or use them to add a little kick in all kinds of recipes!