Archive / April, 2013

Fermented Curtido Recipe

cortido recipe

Fermented Curtido Recipe

Lacto-fermented curtido is a great starter recipe for fermented food beginners.

  • 1 large cabbage, cored and shredded
  • 1 cup carrots, grated
  • 2 medium onions, quartered lengthwise and very finely sliced
  • 1 tablesoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoon sea salt
  1. In a large bowl mix cabbage with carrots, onions, oregano, red chile flakes, and sea salt.
  2. Pound with a wooden pounder or a meat hammer for abou 10 minutes to release juices.
  3. Place in 2 quart-sized, wide mouth mason jars and press down firmly with a pounder or meat hammer until juices come to the top of the cabbage. The top of the cabbage mixture should be at least 1 inch below the top of the jars. Use of a bpa free glass fermentation weight is recommended.
  4. Cover tightly and keep at room temperature for about 3 days before transferring to cold storage. If the batch is not ready per taste, let it ferment longer.

Let us know how you like our fermented curtido recipe!

Heal Your Gut

Chris Kresser’s one of Nerd Organics favorites when it comes to knowledge on diet, nutrition, exercise, & paleo. He emphasizes the importance of gut bacteria and it’s relationship to overall health.

from Chris Kresser’s Health For the 21st Century:

We’ve only recently begun to understand the extent of the gut flora’s role in human health and disease. Among other things, the gut flora promotes normal gastrointestinal function, provides protection from infection, regulates metabolism and comprises more than 75% of our immune system. Dysregulated gut flora has been linked to diseases ranging from autism and depression to autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto’s, inflammatory bowel disease and type 1 diabetes.

Unfortunately, several features of the modern lifestyle directly contribute to unhealthy gut flora:

Antibiotics and other medications like birth control and NSAIDs
Diets high in refined carbohydrates, sugar and processed foods
Diets low in fermentable fibers
Dietary toxins like wheat and industrial seed oils that cause leaky gut
Chronic stress
Chronic infections