Fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kimchi are a great way to benefit from beneficial, probiotic bacteria in your diet. Using simple techniques and kitchen science, you can replenish your microbiome with delicious probiotic foods that are far more lively and often more diverse than probiotic tablets.
Having previously worked with bacteria in laboratory settings, I was lucky enough to learn wild fermentation practices from fermentation revivalist Sandor Katz. I love collaborating with bacteria – now in the kitchen – and am passionate sharing the delights of richly probiotic foods.
Having run hands-on fermenting workshops for a number of years, I am now offering them online – for individuals or all the family, joining from your own kitchen. If you want to take part in making your own ferments, you will need:
vegetables (I will email a list of suitable vegetables prior to the workshop but they will be ones that are available even in lockdown).
salt (maximum 3 teaspoonful per jar, preferably fine ground sea salt, but any salt will do).
a knife, chopping board, grater, medium-sized mixing bowl.
a jar (preferably a 500ml or 750ml clip-top jar, but any large jam jar, or a couple of smaller jars, or any food grade plastic container or ceramic vessel will work fine).
You will learn the art and kitchen science behind safe fermenting, interesting facts about the gut microbiome, and how probiotic foods can support overall health and immunity.
Group sizes will be limited to give plenty of time for questions and conversation about fermenting and the gut microbiome. A series of two workshops focuses on making sauerkraut, easy kimchi and other fermented vegetables.
I offer ongoing learning support through my dedicated facebook group – included in the fee – as you continue your fermentation adventures at home.
I also offer online wellbeing coaching to support you to find strategies and plans to stay healthy during lock down and social distancing.
Here's what people have said about my workshops:
"What a brilliant day, light, refreshing, immaculately presented and organised and so positive. Great to do something different. I had a wonderful day off, in good company."
“Beautiful setting, loved it.” "Informative, friendly, practical, light hearted.”
“I really liked the diversity of people and the hands on approach. It was really good to get to taste the end products to have something to aim for.”