Lactofermentation Workshop October 3rd

The Helena Community Gardens is having a lactofermentation workshop on Saturday October 3, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Plymouth Church, on the corner of Oaks and Winne, behind the community gardens. Presented by CJ Puotinen and Stephen Nagy

This year’s buzz word is MICROBIOME, the population of bacteria and other microbes that help define our state of health. Search online for microbiome and you’ll get more than 2 million hits. As Robynne Chutkan explains in her book The Microbiome Solution: A Radical New Way to Heal Your Body from the Inside Out (Penguin Random House, 2015), “Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, and pickles are microbiome rock stars because they contain live bacteria (probiotics) and prebiotic fiber to nourish gut bacteria. You should try to include some of these fermented foods in your diet every day.”
            Celebrate your garden’s harvest by turning carrots, cabbages, radishes, onions, and other vegetables into yummy ginger carrots, sauerkraut, kimchi, side dishes, salad ingredients, old-fashioned dill pickles, and condiments like sriracha (hot sauce). Lactofermented foods are easy to prepare (Mother Nature does the work), plus they’re delicious and more nutritious than plain vegetables. In addition to providing probiotics and prebiotics, their vitamin content is higher and they are easier to digest than other raw veggies.
            Learn how to turn your own vegetables as well as locally prepared salsas and other foods into tangy lactofermented dishes. This workshop is fun, fast-paced, and informative. You’ll take your transformed ingredients home with you and your microbiome will thank you!
            Things to bring: vegetables, sharp knife, hand grater or electric shredder, and glass jars or a pickle crock. The instructors will provide demonstrations, handouts, recipes, unrefined salt, liquid whey, cultured vegetable starters, extension cords,  Cuisinart, mandoline slicer, graters, and other supplies. We’ll be working in the church kitchen. Wear casual clothes. RSVP – helenacommunitygardens@gmail.comor (406) 438-6049

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