Aktualisiert: Feb 12
Fermented Red Onions - a lacto-ferment that is also our showcase piece (looks pretty on our shelves). And the one that we try to keep fermenting for a long time. But we only try, as the demand for it increases with time & we have it open it sooner than we want.
So the first one that we made, we have opened after a year. They were delicious & they were also gone in about a week. The ones that we have available right now were made last November. They will also be gone quite fast. Luckily, it is very easy to make them. Probably one of the easiest of our ferments.
For those not that familiar with lacto-fermentation, here's a quote from Juicing for Health online article (1*), which was actually an inspiration for us to make it.
"What Is Lacto-Fermentation?
The “lacto” portion of the term refers to a specific species of bacteria, namely Lactobacillus. Various strains of these bacteria are present on the surface of all plants, and are also common for the human’s gastrointestinal tracts, mouths and vaginas. Lactobacillus bacteria is named such because it was first discovered in milk ferments. These bacteria use lactose or other sugars and convert them into lactic acid. However, lacto-fermentation does not necessarily need to involve dairy products.
Lactic acid is a natural preservative that inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria. Beyond preservation advantages, lacto-fermentation has many other health benefits:
1. Improve Digestion And Enhance Nutrients Absorption
One of the primary benefits of consuming more fermented foods is that the nutrients are much more easily absorbed for healing. They help to improve digestion and heals the digestive tract. By supplying your gut with healthy bacteria, your digestive process is more equipped to destroy or remove harmful bacteria. These bacteria also help your body to absorb nutrients from the food that you are eating.
2. Boost Your Immune System
Your gut is your biggest protection against illness. As such, adding the healthy bacteria found in lacto-fermented foods to your diet can help strengthen your immune system. The spread of healthy bacteria in your gut can help control immune cells and prevent certain autoimmune reactions, such as inflammation.
3. Improve Brain Functions
As with most bodily processes, your brain is connected to your digestive and immune system. For an example of this, think about the last time you were sick with the cold or flu and how fuzzy your head felt. The vagus nerve is responsible for this connection.
The vagus nerve is one of 12 cranial nerves that transfers information from your intestinal nervous system to your central nervous system located in your brain. Maintaining a healthy amount of good bacteria and limiting unhealthy bacteria can keep this line of communication between the two systems open, preventing and improving cognitive issues.
4. Contain Powerful Antioxidants
Lacto-fermented foods contain a variety of powerful antioxidants that can attack free radicals known to cause cancer. These antioxidants can also fight inflammation and strengthen your immune system. This may help you deal with eczema, arthritis, and other conditions that are impacted by inflammation or an autoimmune response.
5. Lose Weight by Eating More Sauerkraut
Lacto-fermented foods help regulate various hormonal functions. This helps you control your food cravings and suppress your appetite. Studies show that people with a high intake of healthy probiotics tend to have a lower risk for obesity."
Another reason for this particular ferment is the fact that red onions are quite high in those two substances: Quercetin (a very powerful flavonoid with antioxidant & anti-inflammatory properties) & Anthocyanin (a polyphenol antioxidant).
Let's have a look how we make it!
So, we start with those beauties:
And next, our favorite machine comes out!
In order for the onions to release their juices, we add unrefined Atlantic salt:
We leave our onions overnight with just salt & pureed garlic to let the juices come out.
The next day it looks like this.
Some of the juice is already visible on the bottom of the jars & the onions wilted a bit, yielding more room at the top of jars. Next, we add some of our filtered water & our onions are ready for the fermentation process that will take a minimum of 3 months.
Here's a look at color change of our onions. The jars are 10 months apart.
When the onions are ready, its time to transfer them into our retail jars.
And that's what you'll find in our fridge, waiting for you. They are absolutely delicious & they don't have that bite that the raw (not fermented) onions have. So no onion breath here.
Ingredients: Red Onions, Unrefined Sea Salt & Garlic