Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018
Instructor: Nigel Thomas
Location: Raven's Roots Campus
Come discover the benefits and importance of creating your own fermented foods in our lacto-fermentation workshop.
Fermentation is not so much a culinary technique as it is a relationship, bringing us closer to our food and the living world around us. Fermented foods are what have allowed the human race to survive and thrive throughout history. None of us would be here without them, and our food sure would be bland! The processes of fermentation unlocks the nutrition within our foods giving nourishment to our bodies, and to our souls through new complex flavor. The living organisms that create many fermented foods and how they interact with us or within us may be the most intriguing aspect of the benefits we can reap when we consume these products. The micro-organisms living in our bodies and in fermented foods are absolutely essential to maintaining a healthy body and mind. In our world today we are plagued by diseases and disorders that are directly caused by an unbalance in the populations of our resident microbes. Many factors in our environment today are constantly assaulting our microbial communities in, on, and around our bodies: making it more important now than ever to participate in fortifying our microbes by exposing ourselves to a variety of fermented foods.
It is important to learn how to provide yourself with living, probiotic rich foods yourself. You will be shocked to find out how simple, or complex it can be. Fermented products that you make at home will be infinitely more beneficial for your health than most of the sauerkrauts and kombuchas you will find in stores.
During this class we will discuss the fascinating processes that define fermented foods as well as how incorporating these products into our diet is an essential part of overall health.You will learn everything you need to know in order to have the confidence to dive into the world of fermentation for yourself. We will cover techniques used to yield a variety of tasty probiotic-rich foods such as kimchi and seed-cheeses, along with bubbly beverages like kombucha and simple natural sodas. At the end of the day you will take home your own personalized kimchi, sauerkraut, and other tasty treats incorporating nutritious wild foods from our farm; allowing you to experience the slow transformation taking place yourself. It is our hope that this experience will encourage you to reclaim these celebrated traditions of our ancestors and apply them in your life.