How to Create Fermented Recipes at Home

These fermented foods are super easy to make at home!

Did you know that you can actually lose weight faster by eating fermented foods? It’s true! These foods are chock-full of probiotics, beneficial bacteria that keep your system running at peak performance. Adding fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, or kombucha to your diet can help create a healthier gut, which will actually reduce cravings and curb your appetite, helping you lose weight faster and more effectively. Wondering where to start? Learn how to create fermented recipes at home. It’s actually much easier than you might think!


Kimchi is an Asian fermented cabbage, and it’s an absolute staple in Korean cooking. While it’s traditionally made with fish sauce, we make our recipe with seaweed to keep it vegetarian-friendly. It’s so easy to make kimchi at home – all you need are a handful of ingredients and some patience. Learn how to create fermented recipes with our step-by-step kimchi guide!


Raw sauerkraut is one of the top five fermented foods that flush fat. We don’t actually have a recipe on the site because it’s so easy to make. Simply combine 5 pounds of shredded cabbage with 3 tablespoons of kosher salt. Alternate the cabbage and salt in layers in a 1-gallon container, ending with salt on the top. Cover the mixture with a clean dish towel and weigh it down with a plate and a few jars of water. In a few days, the water from the cabbage will create a brine. Skim off any white scum as it rises to the top and your sauerkraut will be ready to eat in about two weeks.

Store it in the refrigerator and use it to make dishes like our Healthy Pierogi Casserole!

Apple Cider Vinegar

Did you know that apple cider vinegar is a fermented product? It’s full of prebiotics instead of probiotics, which feed the healthy microorganisms in your gut. Learn how to create fermented recipes at home with this guide to making ACV.


Kombucha is one of our favorite fermentables because it’s easy to make and it tastes absolutely delicious. You can flavor it any number of ways, making it taste like a healthier version of soda! You may be able to find artisanal kombucha at specialty markets near you, but it’s also incredibly easy, so why not give the DIY version a shot? All you need to do is get a SCOBY starter culture, and you’ll be ready to brew in no time!


Like kombucha, kefir is a fermented beverage, except you make it from yogurt instead of tea. It’s considered an ancient antidote for better health because people have been drinking it for centuries! It’s relatively easy to make at home, and there are numerous kits available online. If you’re dairy-free and don’t want to make kefir from yogurt, check out this water kefir grain kit.

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Chef Lindsay

Lindsay D. Mattison is a professional chef, recipe developer, and food writer. After graduating from Cascade Culinary School, Lindsay worked as the executive chef of a farm-to-table restaurant in Bend, Oregon. She is passionate about using local, organic ingredients and loves teaching home cooks how to incorporate seasonal food into their diet. While she spends most of her time writing these days, she still exercises her culinary muscles on the regular, taking any opportunity to create beautiful meals for her family. She lives with her husband in Colorado, where she enjoys the trials and errors of gardening.

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1 Comment

  1. Good article, but traditional kefir (not water kefir) is made from milk, not yogurt.
    I’ve been making it for years now, along with kombucha and cultured veggies.

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