Beets are highly beneficial vegetable offering plenty of vital nutrients into your diet which can do wonders for your health. They are widely used in Europe and Russia; it is even believed that beets are responsible for the health and longevity of Russians.
Beets incorporate betalains and polyphenols, which are anti-oxidants having the ability to protect the body against cancer, heart disease, and birth defects. In addition to this, beets are packed with betaine which has the ability to stimulate liver cell function, thereby helping the body to efficiently eliminate toxic substances. More health benefits can be obtained from this vegetable if it is pickled.
Health Advantagesof Fermented Foods
Note that not all fermented foods are equally nutritious. In order to get all the benefits from pickled food, it needs to be done accordingly in the most natural way, meaning no addition of vinegar, solely salt and water. By doing so, you are producing lacto-fermentation, which is a process where vegetables are put in a brine of water and salt at a room temperature. In this way, the beneficial bacteria develop.
Almost any vegetable can be fermented offering high amounts of probiotics. The most common is the Lactobacilli type, the bacteria that produce lactic acid. It is a beneficial acid which protects the fermented food from the pathogenic bacteria. Fermentation provides natural probiotic supplements, but also offers other nutritional benefits. Namely, fermented foods are high in beneficial bacteria that can cleanse the body from the presence of heavy metals and contaminants.
Moreover, plenty studies have revealed that probiotic abundant foods are related to better overall health. Plus, lacto-fermented vegetables offer more benefits as the nutrients are pre-digested and easily assimilated.
Recipe for Naturally Fermented Pickled Beets
The quantity of the ingredients is for one jar of pickled beets.
- 6 medium beets
- 2 cups of water
- Half a teaspoon of sea salt
- Flavorings at your own preference like cinnamon stick, cloves, coriander seeds, mustard seeds, and fennel seeds.
Method of preparation:
Prior preparing this recipe nicely wash the beets and then dry them out. After that, poke the beets in a couple of places; then, place them on a baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees for 3 hours or till they become soft. Next, peel the skin of the beets and then chop them into julienne type pieces. Afterwards, transfer them into a quart-sized canning jar.
Now, prepare the brine consisted of sea salt dissolved in water, and then pour it over the beets, but make sure for the liquid to be 1 ½ inches from the top of the jar. All beets need to be submerged into the salt water. Secure the jar with a lid and leave it at a room temperature for 3 days. After that, place it in cold storage.