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In many cultures around the world, fermented (or cultured) foods are common. From sauerkraut in Europe to kimchi in Korea to kombucha in China, fermented foods have had a long history and some of these are only now taking root in American cuisine. If you want to get more fermented foods into your diet, one way to do that is to give your veggies a boost with Body Ecology’s Culture Starter.

This product comes with 6 packets of culture starter, which you add to raw vegetables or other foods like dairy products. (Each packet can culture quite a hefty amount of vegetables.) Let the food sit for a few days and then you have a cultured food that you can eat as is or add to other foods. It’s simple, convenient, and very good for you!

Body Ecology Culture StarterFermented/cultured foods are great for digestion and gut bacteria, which are always important for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. Body Ecology’s product is also good for resisting infections, can help with appetite and weight control, and is ideal for pregnant women and for children with autism or ADD.

To get you started, here’s a recipe from Body Ecology for a simple cultured cabbage.

Body Ecology’s Culture Starter Veggies

Ingredients:

1 packet Body Ecology® Veggie Culture Starter
½ cup warm (90°F) water
3 heads green cabbage, shredded in a food processor
6 carrots, large shredded in a food processor
3-inch piece ginger, peeled and chopped
6 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
Several cabbage leaves

Directions:

Dissolve Veggie Culture Starter with warm water. Add some form of sugar to feed the starter (try rapadura, sucanat, honey, agave, or Body Ecology’s EcoBloom). Let the starter/sugar mixture sit for about 20 minutes or longer while the bacteria wake up and begin enjoying the sugar. Put aside.

Combine shredded cabbage, carrots, ginger, and garlic in a large bowl.

Remove several cups of this mixture and put into a blender. Add enough filtered water to make a “brine” the consistency of thick juice. Add culture starter mixture to the brine. Blend well and then add brine back into the shredded veggies. Stir well.

Pack mixture down into glass or stainless-steel containers. Use your fist, a wooden dowel, or a potato masher to pack veggies tightly.

Fill containers almost full but leave about 2 inches of room at the top for veggies to expand. Roll up several cabbage leaves into a tight “log” and place them on top to fill the remaining 2-inch space. Clamp jars closed.

Let veggies sit at about a 70°F room temperature for at least 3 days. A week is even better. Refrigerate to slow down fermentation. Enjoy!

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