So, you have taken on the idea that fermented foods may be for you. You already know the benefits, the categories of fermented foods, and how you want to use them. The problem is, that you may have some trouble finding all the foods that you want or at the very least finding them within your budget. If this sounds like you, you may have already looked into fermenting your own foods. Here are some beginner tips that can get you started on the right track.
Start with Kits
Kits are the best place to start if you are new to fermenting. There are several reasons for this. The first is that the kits will include everything you need to ferment the chosen food. The kits will introduce you to the different aspects and amounts used in the fermentation process. The second reason for starting with kits is because they are often cheaper than trying to buy each piece you will need for the fermentation process. You will also receive step by step instructions, and often coupons for further purchases, as well as recipes to try later.
Stick with Foods You Eat Already
You may already be eating fermented foods that you love, like yogurt or pickles. If this is the case, try to stick with fermenting those foods yourself. The benefit of this is that you already know the flavors, textures, and methods you like of these foods. You know what you are looking for. You know what you like. If you are fermenting these foods yourself, you have the advantage of knowing what you want the end result to be. If you are fermenting a food that you are unsure of, the you may not know if the end result is what you wanted or not and this can actually be a problem for knowing if you have the fermented food that will benefit you.
Have a Storage Area
Make sure that if you are starting to ferment your own foods, you have a proper storage area for these foods. Make sure that you know where you will be storing them, how to store them, and for how long you will store them before they are ready to consume. The last thing you want is to have the foods ready to go and find that you do not have the adequate space or area to support the fermenting process. Do some research on the best ways to store your fermented foods and the temperatures you will need to maintain.
By taking on these tips you can start on a path to fermenting your own foods. You can begin making them ahead, storing them, and starting your own fermented food pantry that you can pull foods from just like a grocery store. You can also stay well within your budget as well.