Having a healthy gut is incredibly important for your fertility and overall health. A healthy gut microbiome contributes to good mental health, reduced allergies, strong immune system, balanced hormones healthy digestion, vitamin and mineral sufficiency and so much more. Eating and drinking a diverse range of fermented foods is very important for keeping your but bacteria strong.
This recipe is super easy and with the end result you can drink the juice in small servings each day and eat the beet root cubes as a side dish or part of your salads.
Really you just chop up however many beets and add a 2% brine but here’s a step-by step in case you’re not familiar with fermenting.
- 4-8 small beets (depending on your jar size)
- sea salt (not iodised)
- filtered water
- Large glass jar 1.5L, or larger
- Kitchen scale or measuring cups and spoons
- Wash your beets
- Chop into medium cubes
- Mix a 2% brine (2g salt for every 100g water -or- 1 tbsp salt for every 4 cups of water)
- Put your beet cubes in your glass jar and pour the brine up until a few centimetres from the rim.
- Optional: you could also add a cabbage leaf, sliced onion or chunks of garlic to play with the flavour profile a bit
- Let it sit at room temperature for 1-2 weeks. Open the lid and give it a stir and a taste occasionally.
- When the solution becomes a bit more tangy and tart and the flavour is where you want it, you can put it in the refrigerator to stop it from continuing to ferment.
- If any white film grows, scoop it off and discard. If it grows mould or it stinks/smells *bad*, throw it away and start again.
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