Fermentation is Good for Your Gut

fermented-veggies  On November 5th Sustainable Renton is excited to partner with Red House restaurant in downtown Renton to bring you a workshop on basic fermentation techniques.

Fermenting has been practiced for ages around the world as a way to preserve food, enhance flavor and add nutritional value. Fermented foods are literally alive with flavor and are very beneficial to one’s health. This workshop will be led by Sustainable Renton members Scott Kriedermacher and Rachel Rourke. Scott and Rachel are passionate about food justice especially concerning topics related to food preservation, gleaning, and homegrown produce.

This basic workshop will focus on two types of ferments. We will show how to make Kefir as well as a sauerkraut-type of vegetable ferment.

Vegetables are fermented using salt brine that gives them a delicious tart pickled flavor and dramatically enhances their shelf life. Brine protects against unfavorable microorganisms while creating an ideal environment for the beneficial bacteria strains that add wonderful flavor as well as to create a healthy environment for our gut and aid in our bodies in digestion.

Kefir is a fermented milk product somewhat like a drinkable yogurt. This delicious and nutritious drink uses grains that are colonies of yeast and numerous types of beneficial bacteria one of which being the lacto-bacilli culture many are familiar with. These kefir grains look like curds and are strained out after the fermentation occurs. They can then be added to new milk to start another batch of kefir or eaten like cheese curds. They are savory and delicious atop rice and curry as is the kefir itself delicious.

For those who are new to fermentation this is the perfect workshop to trip your taste buds. You will leave with enough knowledge, basic recipes, supplies and the confidence to experiment in your own kitchen. For only $5 per ferment you may take home your own starters that we will make together.

Please let us know if you are coming by going to our Facebook event page here https://www.facebook.com/events/152171158579977/  and click the ‘going’ button or drop an email to sustainablerenton@gmail.com before November 4th. We look forward to learning together and sharing this vital knowledge with you!