Curing, Culturing, Fermentation & Tonics

List of Culturing, Curing, Fermentation, & Tonic Articles, Recipes

See also  Condiments

Includes: 1. Culturing, etc. (About): 2. Cultured Dairy; 3. Lacto-Fermented Condiments & Beverages; 4. Cured Meats; and 5. Tonics

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NOTE: while taking probiotic supplements is certainly helpful for good health, eating a couple bites of fermented foods daily is even more helpful (provided they have not been pasteurized or heat treated after fermentation). This is, in part, because fermented foods generally have much higher numbers of active probiotics (good bugs) than supplements; plus culturing/fermentation creates more nutrients (such as vitamin K2 in cultured dairy).

About:

Cured Meats

Curing involves the preservation of meats and other foods by use of beneficial microbes (primarily bacteria).

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Cultured Dairy:

Generally speaking, culturing involves the action of beneficial microbes (bacteria, yeasts), including (but not limited to) lactic acid-forming bacteria on dairy or dairy-substitute products. It is a type of fermentation, but produces lactic acid rather than alcohol or other fermentation products. “Cultured” generally refers to fermented dairy products.

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Lacto-fermentation:

Lacto-fermentation involves the action of lactic acid-forming bacteria on dairy products, fruits and vegetables.

NOTE: I’ve been using Mason jars to lacto-ferment vegetable condiments and beet kvass, and have noted they don’t always turn out as good as I would like. I recently learned that may be because of the Mason jar, which is not air-tight. Instead, there are better options. See Pickling and Lacto-Fermentation (About) for more.

For salt brine information, see also Fermentation Recipes: Measuring and Using Salt in Fermenting.

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Lacto-fermented condiments, etc.

Lacto-fermented beverages

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Tonics

Tonic Broths/Stocks, Mineral-rich 

Tonic Beverages, etc

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