This year my resolution is to turn back the dial a few decades and Pacific Merchant Trading Company is going to help me! I know, you’re thinking, “Whaaaat?”. For some reason, whether it is trend or just my sense of guilt or is it that my body needs, craves real and wholesome food. I’m not sure, I am only a month into this gig and I am learning more about myself, my eating habits, my kids and food that I ever wanted to really…. Like for instance…The best way to truly do this is to make as much of your food as possible at home.
You see, back in the day there was a common unity with friends and family towards food. It was because we depended on one another to survive. Here in this day and unless you are really into the whole foods thing then you are eating junk. Unnatural, unhealthy fake food junk and you don’t even know it most of the time, never even thought about it. Whoa there, Lady! That is quite a statement! Yes, I know, believe me I would much rather veer into the drive through than research and make my own bread so we will take this in baby steps and I am bringing you right along with me.
This all began with my curiosity of a nasty looking beverage that was perched on a friends counter. I am talking about Kombucha. Ever heard of it? Perhaps I will tell you all about it one of these days but it is a fermented tea with what looks like a big floating bugger working its probiotic miracle. It tastes great, try it.
With my new found goal of driving backwards a few decades, I was over the moon excited to receive a sample product from Pacific Merchants Trading Company. If you are a health enthusiast, whole foods home chef, experienced or not, CHECK THIS SITE OUT! www.pacificmerchants.com It is my new favorite. I chose the 5 liter fermenting crock with weights so I could yet again dive into the world of fermented wholesome foods!
Project goal: Sauerkraut! Why? It’s delicious and extremely good for you. Sauerkraut contains probiotics which are the good bacteria your body needs for digestion. It is also an immune booster and synthesizes the B vitamin. Why fermenting? If you cook it or pasteurize it, those bacteria die and you miss out on benefits of raw food.
My 9 year old daughter is actually the chef in our family. She took a class on making Sauerkraut and she was ready to show me what she had learned. The recipe we followed was a combination of what was learned in her class and good ole YouTube!
2 heads organic red cabbage
2 head organic green cabbage
1 organic beet
2 tablespoons of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
Cut cabbages into thin slices. In a large bowl add the salt to the cabbage and massage. This releases the water in the cabbage and starts the fermenting process. I did little bits at a time which seemed more effective.
Chop beet into fine pieces and add to cabbage mixture.
Pour cabbage, beet and juices into the crock. Tamp it down as best you can then place the weights on the cabbage. The juices from the cabbage and beet with rise over the weight to fully immerse the cabbage.
Place crock in a cool dark place and allow setting for 7-10 days. It’s done!! It is that easy.
Visit Pacific Merchants Trading Company for a great variety of quality products with the same goal I have, to eat good food, to have a kitchen that promotes healthy eating and makes it easier to do so.
What “Back in the Day” things would you like to see me make while I am driving towards healthy living the old school way?