This unique Fermented Honey with Garlic recipe can be used with meats, marinades, sauces, as a throat remedy, and to make kick-ass vinaigrette.
I recently polled my Instagram followers about their opinion on the fermentation craze. Extreme answers were given: good and bad. I personally am ambivalent about it but like to try such foods and I have made a few fermented foods recipes. We act like it is a new trend but the human race has been eating fermented foods for thousands of years. But I want to ask the question: what is fermentation exactly? Let’s explore this topic together and make sure to give this Fermented Honey with Garlic Recipe a try.
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Advantages of Fermentation
So which side of the fermentation fence do you stand on? I totally agree that the trend right now for fermented food, like as if we just invented them, is a result of our #firstworldproblems society. But we as people walking on earth have been fermenting for millenniums. And like all great inventions, we fell on it by accident or coincidence.
Take alcohol which is the fermentation of sugar and a fruit, probably left in a misplaced jar. Same for cheese, beer, bread, kefir, and more. Sauerkraut and kimchi are commons dishes we associate with specific cultures but they are kings on the fermented food line.
And not only is sauerkraut good for you but it this was essential to surviving back then. Pickling was a way to extend the life of fresh food, it was a way to preserve food. In case you were wondering if pickles are fermented, the answer is yes. They had no idea back then about the sauerkraut health benefits or similar kimchi health benefits. They just knew it tasted really good and they would have food throughout the winter, that was the main purpose of fermentation.
What is Fermentation?
We go on and on with our opinions about the cultured food life, natural probiotic foods, and what are fermented foods…but what does fermented mean? Do we know when does fermentation occur, or what are the conditions for fermentation? Let’s delve a little bit into the science of fermentation?
So how does fermentation work exactly? It occurs when microorganisms, like bacteria or yeast, transforms carbs like sugars into alcohol or organic acids, and when there is little access to oxygen. And do you know how many types of fermentation there is? The answer is there are two types of fermentation: alcoholic and lactic acid fermentation. Now you know what are the two types of fermentation but let’s explore a bit further.
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What is Alcoholic Fermentation?
In the simplest terms, it is usually produced by yeast that transforms the sugars into carbon dioxide. The uses of fermentation are found in wine, beer, bread.
What is Lactic Acid Fermentation?
For this fermentation to occur you need the presence of lactic acid bacteria, also known as lactobacillus, often found in the best probiotic foods. This is basically the type used on how to ferment vegetables as well. Examples of what is what is fermented this way is yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi.
And some of the best fermented foods are products of both types of fermentation. Alcoholic and lacto fermented foods include sourdough bread and the fermented honey and garlic recipe found below.
Fermented Foods List
Here is a very short list of fermented food products:
- sourdough starter for bread
- Chinese Laba garlic
- Uji, a Kenyan Fermented Porridge
- pickled vegetables
- these are just a few examples of fermented foods, check out the huge list here
I got this recipe from the cookbook Fermentation Revolution 70 easy recipes for sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi and more by Sébastien Bureau and David Côté. The authors actually reside in my city of Montreal and are pioneers of raw food restaurants and kombucha products here.
There is an impressive array of recipes to be found in this cookbook, such as pickled cucumbers, kimchi, chunky chutney, Bajan hot pepper sauce, water kefir, kombucha, apple cider, almond yogurt, beer, tempeh, sake, miso, to name a few. Some recipes require some sort of a starter but they also advise on where to buy them.
Disclosure: this cookbook was sent to me by robertrose.ca. All opinions are 100% my own and honest.
Benefits of Fermented Foods
And now we get to the heart of the whole fermented food debate: are fermented foods good for you? And if so, why are fermented foods good for you? There is no question as to the importance of fermentation as far as it being a food preservation technique, but are what are the health benefits of fermented foods…
- soothes and improves digestion: fermentation breaks down complex nutrients making them easier to be digested and absorbed. So they are foods good for digestion.
- improves your central nervous systems: via the vagus nerve which is connected to the nervous system of the intestines.
- stimulates the immune system: our immune system is closely related to the gut, so a healthy gut means better health.
- regulates your metabolism: with a happier gut and the fact that fermented foods can control your blood sugar, it can help to improve your metabolism.
- some studies claim that some fermented probiotic foods can help prevent cancer, arthritis, bowel disorders and hepatic disease. Good bacteria foods can be the best foods for gut health.
Garlic and honey benefits
Now we know how healthy fermented foods work and we get added help with this recipe. Garlic boosts the immune system and honey for throat soreness is an age-old remedy. This fermented garlic and honey remedy is great to have when you have a cold. I have drunk garlic and honey for cough (in a cup of hot water) for years when I have been sick and it is one of the best natural sore throat remedies.
Are all these benefits for real? There is no one-time miracle cure. Everything should be eaten with moderation and I believe fermented foods work if you eat a little on a very regular basis. Its just part of a well-balancedd diet.
Fermented Honey with Garlic Recipe
Many people feel overwhelmed by the thought of fermenting their own food. But fermenting doesn’t have to be complicated. That is why I chose this simple fermented garlic honey to get you started. It is so simple and you get a multi-use condiment out of it to boot.
All you need is a jar, raw garlic and honey, and 1 month. The initial prep – of peeling the garlic- takes about 15 minutes. After that, you will need about 30 seconds a day for the first 2 weeks. And then for the last 2 weeks, there is nothing to do. You will know it is ready when the garlic cloves get a bit brown and the honey will be more liquid.
Honey and garlic is such a classic flavor combo when it comes to cooking. You will come up with a million uses for this fermented garlic and honey recipe. Here are a few ideas:
- as a marinade for meats and vegetable
- use when making sauces
- drizzle over a grilled salmon steak
- make kick-ass vinaigrette with this honey
- chop up the garlic cloves and add to any dish or salads
- add to a cup of hot water
Yields 1 cup
- 1 cup of garlic cloves
- 3/4 cup unpasteurized honey
- Peel garlic cloves. Discard any cloves that are damaged or brown. Place garlic cloves in a glass jar and cover with honey. use a weight to keep garlic cloves submerged. Seal airtight.
- Let ferment a room temperature. For the first 2 weeks, gently shake the jar every day to thoroughly mix honey with the liquid released from the garlic and to submerge stray garlic cloves. During the first week, every 2 days, released the gasses that have accumulated by slightly unscrewing the ring of the jar for a few seconds, then sealing airtight.
- Let stand for another 2 weeks. By then, the honey will have turned much more liquid, almost like water.
- Keeps for one year at room temperature. Use in savory recipes that require a sweetener, use to make vinaigrettes, have a teaspoon to help a sore throat. Use garlic cloves in recipes.
The recipe is courtesy of Fermentation Revolution by Sébastien Bureau and David Côté © 2017 www.robertrose.ca. Reprinted with publisher permission.
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