Ketchup is just one of those things…. kids just love it. For years I avoided ketchup, considering it just a dousing of salt and sugar. But then I discovered how to ferment food. Homemade fermented ketchup is now a staple in my kitchen.
The process of fermentation transforms a “junk” food into a delicious and healthy condiment you can feel good about offering to your kids. The sugar (in this case maple syrup) is eaten up by the bacteria (from the whey) and it is transformed into a probiotic food.
Eating probiotic food with your meal enhances digestion thereby making everything else you’re eating more nutritious.
Here’s a simple recipe. It takes about 30 seconds to make and it’s down right delicious.
You can also make regular ketchup with this recipe. If you don’t want to ferment it, just replace the whey with water and don’t let it sit. It’s a great recipe whether you ferment it or not.
Use 1 tsp blend per batch (500ml), add 1 tsp salt and the rest of the wet ingredients listed above
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Jess is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ and Family Health Expert, specializing in brain health & resilience for kids. She is the author of Raising Resilience: Take the stress out of feeding your family & love your life, a mother and an advocate for children’s health. Her book and online resources have helped families all over the world improve the lives of their children with learning differences, anxiety, ADHD, autism and mood disorders by fitting the food and feeding piece into their health puzzles. She is the 2019 recipient of the CSNNAA award for Clinical Excellence for her work helping families get healthier, and she continues to work at bringing an understanding of the power of good nutrition to the mainstream conversation about children’s mental health, learning, and overall resilience through her blog, courses and as a contributor to print and online magazines. You can reach Jess at www.jesssherman.com
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