(SurvivalDaily.com) – Fermentation has become a popular method of food preservation thanks to its many health benefits. The fermentation process is an easy-to-master approach that all preppers should add to their arsenals. Let’s look at the process along with a few reasons why fermenting food is such a good skill to have.
Fermented foods have a proven boost in nutrient levels, which means you’re going to get more out of those veggies after they’re fermented than you would eating them not fermented. Additional nutrients can be a game changer in a survival situation, allowing you to stretch food out more and help it last longer.
Immune System Boost
When you consume fermented foods, you add probiotics to your diet that can help you stay healthy. In the event that SHTF, you need to be at your best. There’s no time for being sick, so a strong immune system is important.
Food Preservation: No Refrigeration or Canning Required
When used properly, a fermentation crock or vessel will allow you to store food without the need for refrigeration or canning. In fact, canning actually kills useful bacteria in fermented foods. Simply store your fermented product in a cool place and out of direct sunlight.
Cheap and Easy Preparation
Getting started is as simple and cheap as getting some airlocks and mason jars, easily costing under $30, or you can buy a fermentation crock for between $60-$160. The supplies are reusable, so you’re going to get your money back over the years. Ferment foods and store them for later consumption; it really is that easy.
Storage Space Saver
All preppers fight with the same problem: storage space. No matter how much of it you have, there will come a time when you run out. Thankfully, fermented foods can be kept in a cool, dark and dry place in a number of different types of sealed containers. You can even buy stackable containers to maximize your space.
To start fermenting your own food, you really don’t need much, and the process is simple. All you need is some non-iodized salt, a crock or food grade bucket, a knife or chopper to cut up the food with and some spices for varying recipes. Fermenting is super easy to get started and to master, making it a viable way to preserve your food while gaining a boost of enzymes and nutrients.
Food preservation could save your life, especially if you can grow your own. The ability to feed yourself off-grid through the winter is extremely important for when SHTF. Check out how you can make it easier to provide your family with food throughout the winter, even without preservation.
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