It is easy to begin making your own fermented foods.  Pick one recipe and learn it.  When you have learned how to make one cultured food, move on to the next.  Kefir is a simple choice to begin with.

  • Beet Kvass
    This health drink is one of the healthiest drinks on the page even if it is not as much of a culinary delight.  Have a small glass when you wake up in the morning.
  • Chicha
    There are many varieties of this South American drink. They are alcoholic and non-alcholoic and contain many different ingredients such as fruit, corn, rice, and sugar.
  • Ginger Ale
    This traditional American drink which originates in Eastern Europe is mildly alcoholic drink and tastes delicious. It has a slight kick and can be made in a variety of flavors.
  • Hard Apple Cider
    Cider will naturally ferment if raw.  This traditional European drink can be made very easily and is a healthy and natural way of preserving apples.
  • Kombucha
    Kombucha is a fermented tea.  It has a sweet/sour taste which can be adjusted through fermentation time.  The fermentation process can be used to carbonate it.
  • Mead
    Mead is a fermented drink made of honey.  It is one of the oldest alcoholic drinks and tastes similar to wine.
  • Milk Kefir
    Kefir is a yogurt like cultured milk product. It has a similar taste and texture to yogurt although it will be more sour than the typically sweetened yogurt one finds in the store.
  • Fermented Garlic
    Fermented garlic is a health food which you can eat raw.  It is useful mainly for its health as opposed to culinary values.
  • Fermented Radishes
    This simple recipe makes a great, healthy snack.
  • Sauerkraut
    Varieties of this traditional health food appear all over the world.  Cabbage can be fermented with additional foods and spices to give a broad range of flavors.
  • Sourdough Bread
    This slow rise bread relies upon wild yeasts instead of the domesticated slow rise baker’s yeasts available in stores.