Assuming you are looking for a map to locate the nearest fermented food store in your area, we would like to start off by saying, wrong place, folks! The human race is known to develop itself every year and iterate on that development on and on till another level of evolution comes up. Shops and convenience stores have stocked up their options for customers for so many years in the past that we think shopping for things is the only way to get them. Well sometimes it is, sometimes it isn’t – there’s probably a better alternative.
Consider Korea’s Kimchi:
Ever heard of Kimchi? It is a traditional Korean fermented dish that people make at their homes. A trip to Korea might involve walking into a Kimchi store but that won’t be helpful as desired because people make their own Kimchi there. That is exactly what we will be talking about in this article. How often you think fermented foods are not easily available, but in reality, how conveniently available they are!
It starts with heating the milk which will change the protein structure and it will turn more solid that just separating. The next part is where you cool it down and use it to thin the yogurt. Pour the yogurt into the recently heated milk and put it in an oven. Then all you do is wait for the yogurt to set. Yogurt is undisputedly an excellent and most easily available fermented food.
We all know the good old sour cabbage which is served with a variety of foods. It has a production process that involves pickling with shredding the cabbage. Adding salt to this shredded cabbage lets it ferment in an airtight container and the bacteria do their work with production of lactic acid.
We all love pickles. Making them is quite easy and traditional. You start with a brine solution, water and vinegar with salt. You put your choice of vegetables in a canning jar with brine in it. Remove the scum from over this frequently and after two more weeks, follow the usual procedure of adding salt and boiling with water to get done.
Kefir is a milk or water based drink that supplies probiotics to your abdomen for digestion and what not. Mix the kefir grains in milk at room temperature and cover the jar with a clean piece of cloth. Leave to ferment and strain the grains. The best part is, the Kefir grains are reusable.
This is how convenient and easy it is to get fermented foods rather than hunting them at places and looking all over with a disappointing end to it. Make them yourself at home and you just saw how good it is!