Kimchi Fermenting

My first batch of kimchi starting to ferment (it was delicious!)

I want to learn about fermenting food and making fermented foods.

And I’m going to write about that as I go.

This blog is about my journey learning about fermented foods.

Initially I was attracted by the possible health benefits of fermented foods.

I was thinking tasty healthy meals.

The fermented food I was most familiar with was yoghurt. I remember television adverts describing the “good bacteria”.

And since then I have seen articles describing research into the bacteria in our gut. A lot of it suggesting  that there is a lot more going on than we know about. It’s often quoted that there are more microbial cells in and on our body than there are human cells (I’ve also seen this ‘fact’ questioned, but the point is there are a lot of them!).  And most of those are in our gut.

It’s suggested that the bacteria in our gut is good for us and gives us health benefits.

This would seem to make sense if we have co-evolved with our gut bacteria.

We are told that the bacteria helps break down and digest food and helps us access healthy vitamins and minerals that we couldn’t use otherwise.

In the last century I think we tended to associate bacteria with illness. But we had antibiotics to fight the common enemy. Now it seems that we have been over using those.

We are now realizing that bacteria can be our friends too, especially our native gut bacteria.

And in the form of healthy fermented foods?

From my reading it seems that the jury is still out. It is questioned if the bacteria we eat can actually pass through our stomach, which is very acidic, and even if it could, could it establish itself and compete with what is already there?

I don’t know.

What I do know is that it is TASTY, TASTY, TASTY.

And I am going to assume that it is healthy. Especially compared to much food available today: highly processed, industrially produced, packed with sugar; there’s an epidemic of obesity out there! I want to eat better than that.

Mike Nuttall

Mike Nuttall

So I am going to describe my adventures with fermented foods on this blog with an emphasis on taste (and assumed healthiness).

Who am I?

I’m not a chef or cook.

I don’t really have very good cooking skills.

But I do like eating healthy tasty food.

I’m getting old so I’m keen to stay fit and healthy.

And I like finding out stuff.

And trying to write coherent blog posts.