I did it — I made my first fermented food… fermented salsa. One of my readers recommended it as a good place to start with fermentation because you don’t need any special containers (just a regular mason jar will do), and you don’t need a special starter.
It’s one of Cheeseslave’s recipes — you can find it here.
What’s fermented salsa, you ask? It means it’s probiotic. Like yogurt or kefir. With all the assaults we have on our gut flora — from antibiotics to the birth control pill to chlorinated water — we need more probiotics.
I made it without the peppers and with extra salt (instead of whey, which Moses can’t have). I made it today, so it’ll take a couple of days to ferment and be ready. I’ll post an update to let you know how it tastes and what Moses thinks of it. I suspect that he won’t like it because he generally doesn’t like to try new things, but I want to persist with this because I think that it’s really important that he gets some good bacteria in his system. (We do supplement with a good probiotic as well).
p.s. Keely’s Kitchen also has a fermented salsa recipe here.
Aug. 15, 2011 – It worked and like it! I didn’t know what fermented salsa would taste like, but it has a bit of a “sour” taste. Kind of like sauerkraut, but with tomatoes and onion. I’ll definitely make it again.
Moses doesn’t want to try it (he doesn’t even like “normal” salsa). I hid one piece of fermented tomato under ketchup a couple of nights ago and he didn’t notice, but I tried the same thing again today and he said “I don’t like tomatoes” (he didn’t even try it). hmmm…. I need to try a fermented food recipe that I think he’ll actually want to try…