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Sauerkraut – super easy way to get probiotics for your family

28 Jun

Probiotic’s, cultured, fermented food – its all the rage. So we thought we had better get on the band wagon!

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Talk about old becoming new again. Captain Cook used sauerkraut to ward off the scurvy in his crew in the 18th century. Now us 21st century mothers are whipping up batches of fermented & cultured foods for our families to ward off the winter flu’s & keep stomach bugs & germs at bay.

My little one loves her “fairy cabbage” (as sauerkraut is known in our household) & would eat it by the cupful if I allowed it, but I am worried that there may be some stomach consequences, so I only allow her several tablespoons with her meals.

It is recommended that you add probiotic’s & fermented foods to your diet one tablespoon at a time, so take it easy until you have seen the results on your own digestive system 😉

This Sauerkraut recipe is so easy that you will probably doubt that it works!!

I did.

But it works, we are on to our fifth batch & going strong.

Sauerkraut a’la Mama Going Natural

This recipe makes a trial sized version – one 750ml jar serving. I think its best to start small & once you have your sauerkraut fermentation time down pat, then make large batches.

You will need:

  • 1/4 cabbage
  • 3 carrots
  • 4 green shallots
  • 2 t Himalayan salt
  • 1 t coriander seeds or carraway seeds or dill – depending on your taste preference

Shred all of the vegetables & place in a bowl – I use a food processor to grate the vegetables as this is the way my “little one” likes it best & it also makes the next stage super easy. Add the salt & any spices you care to use to the bowl.

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 Then knead, squeeze & pummel your vegetables to bruise them & release all of the juices. This can take 2 to 10 minutes depending on how fine you have shredded your vegetables. Using a food processor to shred your vegetables seems to speed up the process.

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Once the vegetables have released all of their liquids like in the picture below. You can begin to pack your sauerkraut into your jar, pack the vegetables in tight & pour over the juices that you have squeezed out.

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Secure the lid & place the jar in a dark place & leave it to ferment for 3 -5 days, taste each day from the second day & when it reaches the desired flavour place in the refrigerator & start using. I find the longer you leave it out to ferment the stronger the flavour becomes, we normally refrigerate our Sauerkraut on the 3rd or 4th day. The sauerkraut tastes really good after a month in the fridge if you can get it to last that long.

As with all fermentation its a little scary at first, leaving food out at room temperature WTF!!

But once you have done it a few times I promise it gets easier. With all fermentation use your common sense if it smells putrid or starts to grow stuff it might need to be scrapped & start again from scratch. Lots of people attest to just scooping off mould etc that grows on the top of the jars, I am not quite there yet!! But in time who knows…..

Good Luck with your fermentation adventures

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Sugar Free Kiwi Fruit & Chia Seed Jam

26 May

We love jam around here.

If you ask my little one what she wants to eat you will undoubtedly hear “yoghurt & jam”

But as her Mama I know that what she really means is, “can I have some yoghurt with my jam?”. She would eat straight jam by the  bowl full if only her pesky Mama would let her.

So in a quest to keep the little one stocked up in jam & to use up some Kiwi fruit that was languishing in the fruit bowl I created our Kiwi fruit Jam recipe. Which turned out absolutely, suprisingly scrummy. This jam is delicate & sweet with just the right amount of tang – it is so more-ish, you too will be having a little bit of yoghurt with your jam 🙂

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Sugar Free Kiwi Fruit & Chia Seed Jam a’la Mama Going Natural

You will need:

  • 6 apples
  • 8 ripe kiwifruit
  • 1 t lime rind
  • 3/4 c water
  • 2 sticks of stevia
  • 1 t vanilla essence
  • 2 T chia seeds

Peel, core & quarter your apples place them in a pot with your 3/4 c of water & lime rind, let it start to simmer. Peel & quarter your kiwifruit & add them to the pot. When all of your fruit is cooked through, pour your mix into a blender to puree or use a stick blender to make a smooth paste. Add your stevia to taste & return your fruit puree back to the stove for a further 10 – 15 minutes simmer time to get the flavours to infuse. Then remove your fruit puree from the heat, add your vanilla essence & chia seeds & stir through. Pour the mix into sterilised jars & leave out on the bench to cool. Once cool refrigerate & leave overnight for the Chia seeds to do their work & turn your puree into jam.

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Enjoy yummy, creamy smooth, fresh tangy jam.

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Make your own natural deodorant – that works!

12 May

Its a fact of life here in Sunny Queensland, it is impossible not to sweat.

Deodorant becomes a necessary evil, its either deodorant or your very own personal space bubble.

Deodorant seems to be the more social of the two choices.

But I am sick of rubbing toxic deodorant full of aluminium, formaldehyde & parabens into my pits each morning – it may ward off odours and keep my friends close but, what is it doing to my health??

Aluminum can cause kidney problems, formaldehyde is a known carcinogen and parabens can cause problems for our endocrine system.

So instead of rubbing this toxic cocktail into my lymph nodes, I decided to make a safe deodorant that contains no nasties, is easy to use & WORKS!

 One application in the morning keeps me fresh all day. The hard bars are easy to apply & easy to store. No white marks or stains on clothes. But the biggest thing is NO SMELL!
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Natural Deodorant Bars a’la Mama Going Natural
You will need:
  • 6 T Coconut oil
  • 4 T bicarb soda
  • 4 T Arrowroot
  • 1 1/2 T beeswax
  • 15 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 15 drops Rosemary essential oil
  • 20 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 15 drops Grapefruit essential oil
Place your coconut oil & beeswax in a glass jar and put the jar into a saucepan of simmering water. Stir occasionally until all of your beeswax melts.
Take your jar out of the saucepan of water & let cool slightly. When the mixture has cooled to approximately 40 degrees (when it feels warm but not too hot on your fingers) add all of the other ingredients & stir well to combine.
Pour your mix into muffin, soap or chocolate moulds & leave to harden.
This recipe makes six bars, so there will be enough to share. It has a gorgeous citrus botanical scent with just a hint of coconut. If you want to make a more unisex variation add some tea tree oil in place of the Lavender & you will get a citrus wood scent that your man will be happy to wear.
Keep unused bars in a tin or wrapped in wax paper in a cool dark place till needed.
To use simply rub your yummy scented deodorant bar under your arms & leave to dry for a few minutes before putting on your clothing – that way you can ensure you won’t get any white marks on your clothing.
If your in a very hot climate keep your bars in a soap tin & scoop out a small amount with your fingers & rub it where needed!
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Healthy Sugar-Free tomato sauce – I kid you not!

13 Apr

Tomato Sauce is not a condiment, it is one of life necessities!

Just ask my “little miss” who dips her chips in Tomato Sauce & then licks them clean, only to re-dip the chip. She would gladly sit down to a big bowl of Tomato sauce for dinner, if only Mama would let her.

For this reason developing a healthy tomato sauce recipe was an “Urgent Priority” when we decided to kick all the chemicals, additives & nasties in our diet.

Making a yummy tasting tomato sauce without SUGAR is a tall order. But this sauce tastes so good – you won’t believe its healthy & you will never go back to that icky red stuff that comes from a bottle!

The only problem with this scrummy sauce is that without all the colourings that come in supermarket sauces, it’s a little meek in colour. But what it lacks in colour, it makes up for in flavour!

“Little Miss” approves & has given the sauce her two thumbs up (kids equivalent to a 3 hat Restaurant rating). And she is still double dipping those chips!!

Let me introduce you to tangy, tasty, heaven in a bottle.

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Healthy Sugar-Free Tomato Sauce a’la Mama Going Natural

You will need:

  • 300gm Roma Tomatoes
  • 1 pear
  • 1 plum
  • 1/2 a medium apple
  • 1/2 an onion diced
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/8 c dates (aprox 8 dates)
  • 1/4 c apple cider vinegar
  • 1 T Tamari sauce (or Organic soy sauce)
  • 1/8 t ground cloves
  • 1/8 t ground nutmeg
  • 1 t smokey paprika
  • 1 t salt – to taste
  • 1/2 t pepper – to taste
  • 1 t olive oil

Brown onions & garlic in a little olive oil with a pinch of salt & pepper in a saucepan until they are caramelised.

Roughly chop the tomatoes, pear, apple & plum and add them to the pot to saute. After 5 – 10 minutes of cooking add the vinegar along with the rest of the ingredients & cook until the fruit & tomatoes begin to break down & are cooked.

Take the saucepan off the heat & blend your sauce in either a food processor or with a stick blender. Once smooth return your sauce to the stove & cook for a further 30 minutes over a low heat, stirring occasionally.

Taste your sauce & adjust seasoning to suit your preference, I make mine for “Little Miss” so its a little on the bland side. Feel free to add some chilli or more spices to give your sauce that added punch. If it tastes a little vinegary at this stage don’t worry as it mellows once its cool.

Bottle your delicious, healthy sauce & keep it in the fridge and slather that baby on everything!!

This recipe makes a small bottle of sauce. We prefer to make small batches often, to ensure we don’t have spoiled sauce. But if you prefer a large batch, double or triple the recipe & enjoy sauce to your hearts content.

This sauce has been in our refrigerator for 3 weeks now & is still going strong but being a natural, preservative free product it won’t last forever – not that it has any show of that around here!

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