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21 May 2015

Fermentation Basics: Lacto-Fermented Pickles

Written by Flora, Posted in Do It Yourself, Nourishing Foods, Women's Wellness

Lindsay Wilson brought so many yummy fermentation recipes to her class at the Fall Conference 2014. We're going to post them here in a series, so come back and look for more! Our fourth installment: Pickles!

“Health and homeostasis require the humans coexist with microorganisms.” ~ Sandor Katz

pickles 450x600Lacto-Fermented Pickles
Makes about a quart

4-5 cucumbers (small/medium-sized)
2-3 cloves of garlic
2 Tbsp fresh dill or 1 Tbsp dill seeds
1 Tbsp sea salt
1-2 cups of spring/filtered water (or more if needed)
4 Tbsp whey
couple grape or oak leaves

If you don’t have whey, use one more tbsp of sea salt. I definitely prefer whey when I make my ferments, though.

Place the leaves (tannins in the leaves keep the pickles nice and crisp), garlic, and dill into the jar.

Pack the jar snug with quartered cucumbers (or smaller sections).

Mix the water, sea salt and whey. Add to the jar. Top off with more water until pickles are just covered.

Label and let sit (on a shelf or in the cupboard) for 3-7 days.

Taste them to see if they are ready! Fizz will reduce when they are placed in the fridge.

More and more emphasis on the health of the gut due to the proper cultivation of beneficial bacteria is being acknowledged by science as a way to maintain a strong immune system and vital well-being.

They are confirming what traditional cultures knew all along, that fermentation and traditional food preparation is a vital part of health and wellness. In all traditional and indigenous cuisines, there were techniques to ferment foods to encourage beneficial bacteria to populate the digestive tract.

Somatically, the gut has to do with who you are, who you are not, what you allow in your life, and that which you do not allow. To me, the gut and the digestive system responds to what you say “yes” and “no” to in your life. Key words: instinct, discernment

The enteric brain:

  • The gut is now being called the ‘enteric’ brain or the second brain
  • The vagus nerve connects our brain with our digestive system, heart, lungs, and other organs; this communication is sensory and informs our instincts
  • 90% of the information goes from the gut to the brain in terms of systemic health. 
  • About 70-80% of the cells that make up your immune system are found in the gut

Lindsay Wilson


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Comments (1)

  • Shalini mithra

    09 May 2017 at 08:58 |
    hey its good to know the fermentation process.. mouth watering recipe.


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