Pickling veggies is so simple and can be used to top off just about anything- from salads and sandwiches to tacos and burritos, they add flavor and probiotics to your favorite meals!
You can pickle just about any vegetable and it will help preserve freshness, extend shelf life, and enhance the flavor of your meals. Pickling vegetables also provide tons of health benefits that may support blood sugar control and even weight loss.
Although fermented foods have more health benefits, pickling with unfiltered vinegar can also provide healthy gut bacteria like probiotics. Using AVC with The Mother will provide more health benefits. This vinegar will have a cloudy appearance with sediment at the bottom. This is actually the healthy probiotic bacteria and protein that helps your gut health. Without ‘the mother’, you’re just getting the liquid from apples and water.
- 1 Large Red Onion
- 1 Cup of Warm Water
- 1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Tbsp Honey, Agave, or Maple Syrup
- 2 Tsp Sea Salt
- 1 Tbs Peppercorn
- Optional Flavors to Add: Garlic Cloves, Bay Leave, Red Pepper Flakes, Jalapenos, & other Herbs
- Slice onion thin into 1/2 moon shape
- Whisk together the rest of the ingredients: water, ACV, honey, salt, peppercorn & other flavorings
- Break up onion into jar and submerge in liquid
- Seal and store in the fridge
- Store for 2 days before eating to soak
Can store up to 2 weeks tightly sealed.
You can pickle just about any vegetable so the possibilities are endless. An easy way to keep your veggies interesting and add some bonus gut health while you’re at it. However, pickling and fermenting are not the same, as pickling requires an acid, and fermenting does not. The fermenting process promotes the growth of probiotics more so than pickling does.
“As a result, fermented foods provide many health benefits such as anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic and anti-atherosclerotic activity” (Şanlier, Gökcen, & Sezgin, 2017)
This means fermented foods may help prevent cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and many more chronic diseases. Foods like sauerkraut and miso are also high in probiotics. Probiotics are known to help improve gut health for digestion, immune function, and even weight regulation. Most of your immune system lives in your gut and has a direct neural pathway to your brain, which means alterations in gut health can cause not only physical illness but also mental health disorders like depression and anxiety. Consuming fermented and other probiotic-rich foods may enhance your gut health, improve mental health, and support your immune system to fight against chronic disease.
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