Homemade probiotics is not something everyone will want to bother with, but others will love the concept. There are many ways to do this. Perhaps the most common of these is the German food sauerkraut. This is a very health-friendly dish of chopped pickled cabbage. Sauerkraut is not the only way to make your own probiotic foods though.
You might not have heard of it, but fermented carrot juice is something rather special. This is a sour tasting beverage, and one which contains a lot of gut-healing properties.
In this video, the presenter walks you through the process of making fermented carrot juice at home.
How to make Fermented Carrot Juice
The first thing to note with this and all fermentation processes is that you need to create an anaerobic environment. In non-technical terms, that simply means one which is free of oxygen. So you have to choose only quality, air-tight fermenting vessels. Perhaps the best and most simple of all are the Fido jars.
The main benefit to making your own fermented carrot juice is that you're not just getting a couple of individual strains. Instead you're creating an entire ecosystem. Yes you get plenty of beneficial bacteria, but you also get enzymes and nutrients which are so vital for good health. The magic of fermenting your own foods is that the process pulls out all the goodness of the plant. This includes all those wonderful nutrients that we need for optimal health. If money is tight, you make big savings on homemade probiotic solutions as you don't need supplements, or at least less of them.
OK, so you've got your vessels, now all you need are the ingredients. Here's what you want:
- Carrots (organic if possible)
- Fresh distilled water (never use tap water)
- Pink salt or sea salt
- Food processor (optional)
- Vegetable culture starter
- Measuring spoons and other tools that may assist
The Recipe in Brief
For this recipe you will need four cups of carrots to four cups of water and then:
- Add the shredded carrots to the Fido jars
- Fill the jars with the distilled water
- Add 12 grams of salt
- Add about 1/8 tsp. of starter culture into the jar
- Give ingredients a thorough stir and then seal the lid.
That's about it. You just need to store the product at a constant temperature or as constant as possible. The best temperature is at or below 76°C. If you need further guidance, don't forget to watch the video at the top of the page. If fermentation is something you want to get into in a big way, you need never buy probiotics supplements again. A lot of people still like to take probiotic supplements in combination with fermenting their own foods. This way they get to save money by taking fewer supplements than they would otherwise do if they never fermented their own probiotic foods.