Fermented Food Guide: the basics + 19 beginner recipes

Pumpkin Spice Coconut Oil Coffee Creamer

Okay, put your hand up if you love a good pumpkin spice coffee or latte in the fall and winter months… I’m guessing you didn’t actually put up your hand, because that would be weird, but you’re already a total fan because you’re reading this post!  But let me tell you… I have an awesome recipe for pumpkin spice coffee creamer that’s healthy, delicious and simple and I’m pumped to share it with you!

Pumpkin Spice Coconut Oil Coffee Creamer

Coconut Oil Coffee Creamer

The first time I’d heard about adding oil and fat to coffee, I’m sure the look on my face was a mix between confusion and disgust. I mean, it’s not every day that you come across a drink containing coconut oil and butter! Especially in a society where we’re desperately trying to remove fat and calories from everything we consume. For me, this concept took some getting used to.

Coconut Oil Coffee Creamer

Easy, Homemade Hollandaise Sauce

Few sauces beat the rich and delicious taste of hollandaise. From eggs to steamed vegetables, it has a way of transforming food into a decadent treat – but of course, anything that is made up of 90% butter would probably have a similar effect. Eggs benny with hollandaise was always a special treat in our house growing up. Every Christmas morning, and sometimes on birthdays, my mom would make it for my brother and I, and now I keep the tradition going in my family.

How to Make Fermented Hot Sauce

Ever since I was a young, I’ve had a love for spicy food. I was always that odd kid who’d reach for the jalapeno chips, load my hot dogs with banana peppers, and add hot sauce to most dishes. I remember at one point, around grade four, my gums stared to recede and pieces of flesh in my mouth would actually turn white and fall off from all of the spicy food that I ate (sorry for the visual but I really wanted to put things into perspective for you haha!). It was probably due the fact that I ate cream cheese and banana peppers on toast almost every…
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Almost-Instant Blackberry & Chia Seed Jam

If you’ve ever wondered, “Can someone solely survive off peanut butter and jam sandwiches?” I’m here to tell you – you can! How do I know this? Well, when I met my husband, he was deep into bachelor-hood and proved this to be very true: He went to kick-boxing twice a day, drove a motorcycle…and a BMW, was travelling the world, dating lot’s of chicks, and living off of peanut butter and jam sandwiches… because that’s the extent of his cooking skills. Now, let me note, that my husband is basically good… no, let me re-phrase that – the best – at everything he does… except…
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Blackberry & Chia Seed Jam

Jalapeño Salsa {Lacto-Fermented}

Fermenting this jalapeño salsa was the best thing that I ever could have done for it! Sure, you don’t have to ferment it, but by doing so, you’re enhancing the flavours, boosting the nutrients, and naturally preserving it. Non-fermented, it may only last a few days in your fridge, but by fermenting it, it will stay fresh for several weeks!

Kale, Basil & Walnut Pesto

This fragrant and flavourful pesto is a great way to use up some up the kale and basil in your garden. Even my husband, who claims that he “doesn’t like pesto,” loves this recipe and has been putting it on everything from sandwiches to potatoes!

Kale Basil and Walnut Pesto

Garlic and Onion Powder

Making your own onion and garlic powder is so much easier than you may think and the results are incredible. What I love about being able to make my own seasonings is that you can hand select your ingredients and know exactly what’s in them (and what’s not). There are no hidden additives, preservatives or MSG; only fresh,

Garlic & Onion Powder

Homemade Fermented Ketchup

It’s no secret these days that store bought ketchup is basically just red, corn syrup. But there’s something so nostalgic about it that it’s hard not to have around. After all, what’s a grilled cheese without a side of ketchup? It’s nothing at all, that’s what!!!

Homemade Fermetned Ketchup

Homemade Mayo

Organic mayo full of healthy probiotics–you don’t see that every day! This mayo recipe is the real deal, and tastes authentic. I’m a mayo lover, and was super sceptical when it came time to toss out the Hellman’s and start experimenting with my own, but take it from me, this recipe delivers.