Learn what fermentation is and why it is good for you. Fermentation is a process used to preserve food and increase the level of good bacteria it contains. You shouldn’t be intimidated by the fermentation process – it’s actually quite simple and straightforward!
- Basically, fermentation involves placing a fruit of choice in a jar or other container and adding a combination of water, sugar, and a culture (such as yeast or whey).
- Then you put the lid on and the fruit is left at room temperature for 2 to 10 days. During this time, the culture will convert the sugar into alcohol, and carbon dioxide will be produced as a by-product, forming bubbles at the top of the jar.
- When fermented, the fruit will contain an abundance of beneficial bacteria and can be used as a condiment, dessert topping, or in recipes for things like chutney, vitamins, and sauces.