As winter approaches, we think of time saving ways to stay healthy and keep our immune systems in fine working order without spending hours sourcing produce. Fermenting and conserving vegetables in olive oils is the perfect way to have a good stockpile of nutritious foods in your pantry.
Fermentation and preserving vegetables in olive oils
By now everyone is aware of the health benefits of keeping your gut flora happy and balanced surely! The most effective way is by eating foods packed with probiotics – good bacteria that live in your gut and show up in fermented foods (Patrick Veiga study). These good bacteria improve digestion, boost immunity and keep you leaner by helping you run like a well-oiled machine!
By now everyone is aware of the health benefits of keeping your gut flora happy and balanced surely! If not, be sure to check out Patrick Veiga's study. The most effective way is by eating foods packed with probiotics – good bacteria that live in your gut and show up in fermented foods. These good bacteria improve digestion, boost immunity and keep you leaner by helping you run like a well-oiled machine!
The fermentation of vegetables is an age old tradition that is seeing a resurgence lately and the trend is becoming huge! By depriving foods of oxygen, you can preserve them for long periods of time. Which was devised when we had no choice and no refrigeration. We mustn’t forget also the wonderful tradition of conserving vegetables and meats and fish, such as tuna, in olive oil that has served to keep food longer and the bonus of accentuating their flavours. We all know and love the infused effect of conserving the likes of sundried tomatoes in olive oil and the mutual exchange of flavour in the olive oil and the tomatoes.
How you can incorporate fermented foods into your diet?
We all know and love the rock stars of the fermentation world Kimchi and Sauerkraut, but you can also ferment any other vegetable and meats such as; red cabbage, carrots, radishes, garlic cloves, pickles, any fish… and the list goes on! There are simple methods to do it yourself and you can get as creative as you want with the extra spices!
We make it easier and tastier to get your healthy dose of probiotics by having some delicious ideas of how you can incorporate these foods into your diet easily by adding some of our fabulous sauces you can find on our website to your own fermented or pickled vegetables. And if you want to check out the Biomed Central's study.
And a very handy tip for when you make your fresh mayonnaise, just by adding a table spoon of the juice from the sauerkraut, you can make fermented mayonnaise, which acts as a natural preservative and keeps the mayo fresh for a month! We the best mayonnaise recipe on our site:
Eating Mediterranean Diet will improve your gut health
As the PREDIMED study recommends eating a Mediterranean Diet including extra virgin olive oil, where you aim to eat more fruit and vegetables, by adding an array of delicious fermented and preserved vegetables, you will never be lacking in those 5 servings per day. If you want to add another dimension of flavor to those vegetables, we have a wide variety of sauces you can’t miss on our website.