Introducing: The Fermented Foods Category

Healthy Goods is thrilled to announce the arrival of our Fermented Foods category, where Garden of Life Kombucha capsules mingle with coconut aminos, ready-made drinks from Body Ecology, Dragon Herbs KimQi kimchi powder and starters for kefir, yogurt and vegetables. Cultures for Health also sells awesome starter kits for making your own kombucha, Greek yogurt, vegan yogurt, and sourdough bread starter. 

Fermentation is a tried and true food preservation method that’s been around for centuries. Its benefits reach far beyond preservation, however; during this process, lactobacilli, the “friendly” bacteria that populate our gut, begin to grow and beneficial digestive enzymes are created. This is why consuming fermented foods is so nourishing to our health; it helps reestablish and re-balance our intestinal ecosystem, where approximately 70% of our immune system can be found.

In Korea, a traditional fermented cabbage condiment called kimchi is often consumed with meals, and sauerkraut, or “sour cabbage,” was was consumed in ancient Rome and medieval Europe, and used in the 18th century to help prevent scurvy at sea. These foods are created through a process called lacto-fermentation, where natural bacteria feed of sugar and starch in the food and create lactic acid.

In recent years, consumption of probiotics and enzymes has sharply declined, replaced by processed, and often sugar-laden, foods. While this may be upsetting, its never too late to incorporate fermented foods into your diet. Fermented veggies, kefir, (fermented milk), and yogurt are all simple to make at home with the help of a starter culture.

Try adding a bit of raw sauerkraut to your plate with each meal. It’s refreshing and can really cut through the heaviness of rich foods. You may even notice a decrease in sugar cravings; a frequently-reported “side effect” of fermented foods.

Cultured Cabbage and Carrot Recipe from Body Ecology

  • 3 heads green cabbage, shredded in a food processor
  • 6 carrots, large, shredded in a food processor
  • 3 inch piece ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • Body Ecology Starter Culture

To Use Body Ecology Culture Starter

Dissolve one or two packages of starter culture in 1½ cup warm (90*) water. Add approximately 1 tsp. of some form of sugar to feed the starter (try Rapadura, Sucanat, honey, Agave, or EcoBLOOM). Let starter/sugar mixture sit for about 20 minutes or longer while the L. Plantarum and other bacteria wake up and begin enjoying the sugar. Add this starter culture to the brine (step 3).


1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.

2. Remove several cups of this mixture and put into a blender.

3. Add enough filtered water to make a "brine" the consistency of a thick juice. Blend well and then add brine back into first mixture. Stir well.

4. Pack mixture down into a 1½ quart glass or stainless steel container. Use your fist, a wooden dowel, or a potato masher to pack veggies tightly.

5. Fill container almost full, but leave about 2 inches of room at the top for veggies to expand.

6. Roll up several cabbage leaves into a tight "log" and place them on top to fill the remaining 2 inch space. Clamp jar closed.

7. Let veggies sit at about a 70 degree room temperature for at least three days. A week is even better. Refrigerate to slow down fermentation. Enjoy!

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