How do we love thee, fermented foods? Let us count the ways!

Fermented foods have made a huge resurgence in popularity over the past few years, even though the process of fermentation is literally one of the oldest forms of food preservation we have — but we’re not mad about it! Not only are fermented foods great sources of probiotics, but they help improve your microbiome and digestion, counteract inflammation, and are a seriously delicious way to take care of your gut.

While it’s pretty easy these days to pop by a health store or even your local grocery and pick up a jar of sauerkraut, kimchi, or kombucha, if you’re interested in learning how to ferment your own foods, you might be surprised to learn that’s it’s actually extremely simple!

Here’s what you’ll need to ferment your own veggies: glass jars, brine, and some patience. Fermenting is a naturally occurring process, so achieving delicious, gut-healthy fermented veggies doesn’t happen in moments. However, the process is worth it. Check out our list of recommended materials you’ll need in order to begin fermenting veggies all on your own!