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So I’ve been getting into lacto-fermentation lately, and I decided to branch out from sauerkraut. Our blueberries have been going strong for a good while now, and I decided that I wanted to try some fruit fermentation. Everything I read about fermenting fruit gave warnings: fruit ferments quickly, and leaving it for more than 48 hours can result in an alcoholic product. I made the mistake of telling me family that, and now every time they see me with the jar full of deep purple stuff, they tease me about being drunk. I refrigerated mine quickly enough, thankfully, and it’s my favorite lacto-fermented product so far! A deep berry flavor with a slight tang…perfect for many uses.
I pureed one quart of blueberries in the blender and poured the puree into a canning jar. I added 2 tablespoons of whey from my Greek yogurt making, set the jar on the shelf down in our basement, and left it for 48 hours. After it was tart enough for my taste, I put the jar in the refrigerator where it has stayed for about two weeks and is still good.
Please note: our basement is several degrees cooler than the upstairs of our house. If you’re keeping your fermenting berries at regular room temperature, I would suggest checking them at 12 hour intervals because it may not take 48 hours.
The quart of blueberries made approximately 3 cups of puree. My favorite use for it is as a type of jam (albeit slightly runny) on bread. Ohhh..it’s so good. Add a teaspoon of butter and some protein in the form of Greek yogurt and you’ve got a great breakfast.
You can use this blueberry puree as a topping for yogurt or pancakes. Just don’t heat it or you’ll kill the probiotics from the fermentation process. Another way to enjoy this rich puree is to dilute it and drink it as juice (shown below). 1/3 cup blueberry puree, 2/3 cup water, a pinch of glucomannan, and a sprinkle of THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder all blended up together and served over ice is a refreshing drink. If you want it stronger, increase the puree or decrease the amount of water.
For Trim Healthy Mamas, I would keep this in an E setting. I used blueberries, of which up to 1/2 cup can be used in an S or FP setting, but because it is concentrated, I feel more comfortable staying on the safe side and keeping it for use with my E meals.
If you’ve been missing your breakfast juice, here’s one way to get it! This puree is fair game to use because it includes the pulp and everything (warning: your “juice” won’t be totally smooth because of this); the fiber in the pulp helps counteract the sugar in the fruit and protects you from a blood sugar spike. Besides, you’re using berries which you don’t have to watch your portions on as much as other fruit because they have a lower sugar content.