Consuming beets can be of great advantage to your health. Incorporating them into your daily diets is one of the best choices you can make, since they contain valuable nutrients that only few vegetable have.
Beets are actually the Russian secret for longevity.
Thanks to their unique nutrients, betalains and polyphenols, the beets are natural antioxidants that can prevent congenital disabilities, heart disease, colon cancer, and other types of cancer.
The betaine that is also found in beets promotes the function of the liver, thus helping the body flush out toxins properly. While eating them raw will gain you the advantages mentioned above, you can enhance their power by pickling them.
To gain the full benefits of fermented foods, you must pickle them the right way. Otherwise, the pickling will be less nutritious than the raw food. Therefore, the right way to do it is to just use water and salt, without any vinegar.
By combining salt and water, you will create Lacto-fermentation. In fact, you can ferment any vegetable this way. Just put it in the water/salt brine and let it stay for a while. Keep it at a room temperature to allow the development of good bacteria.
This process causes the fermented vegetables to contain high amounts of Lactobacilli and other types of probiotics. Lactobacillus stimulates the production of lactic acid which prevents the food from being attacked by pathogenic bacteria.
Moreover, Lacto-fermented veggies are “pre-digested” so they are assimilated more easily. So, fermentation produces natural probiotic and other beneficial nutrients.
According to Sally Fallon, the author of Nourishing Traditions, fermentation improves the vegetable’s digestibility and boosts the levels of vitamins. Lactobacilli create a number of beneficial enzymes, anti-carcinogenic and antibiotic substances.
Being a primary product, the lactic acid, makes sure the fermented food is perfectly preserved and the growth of healthy flora in gut enhanced.
Fermented foods are the best weapon for creating good bacteria that can cleanse your body from toxins and heavy metals.
According to some studies, probiotic rich foods are associated with the overall health.
Naturally Fermented Pickled Beets – Preparation
These ingredients make one jar of pickled beets. However, you can double the amount and get two of them.
- 6 medium beets
- 2 cups water
- Half a teaspoon of sea salt
- Optional Seasonings – coriander seeds, mustard seeds, cinnamon stick, fennel seeds, cloves
First, makes sure you wash the beets thoroughly. Then, poke them in few places and let them dry. Once they are dry, put them on a baking sheet and bake for three hours until soft (at 300 degrees). Peel them, and then chop them into julienne strips.
Place the strips in a quart-sized canning jar with a wide opening. Then, prepare a solution of sea salt and water and pour it over the strips until the brine is 1,5 inch from the jar’s opening.
Make sure the strips are submerged in the liquid.
In the end, cover the jar tightly and keep it at a room temperature for three days. After that, transfer it to the fridge.