Condiments have been part of our diets for a very long time. However, our ancestors, without access to refrigeration, fermented all of their condiments. Mayonnaise, ketchup, pickles, relishes and sauerkraut were routinely subjected to this form of preservation.
What they maybe didn’t know was that the fermentation of their condiments gave them tremendous health benefits. These dishes possess not only digestive enzymes, but lots of probiotics. By adding a bit of relish or mayo to their meals, they were gaining a better ability to digest them. And, they were populating their entire digestive tracts with helpful bacteria—the kind that keeps out the bad guys.
It might be wise to return to this practice. Our immune systems love getting help from this friendly bacteria and it could mean getting sick a lot less often.
So here’s a recipe for fermented ketchup:
2 cups tomato paste (I like bionaturae because it’s organic and comes in a glass jar—2 jars will do it)
3 Tablespoons maple syrup
¼ cup and 2 Tablespoons home-made whey
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cumin
¼ teaspoon turmeric
Put the tomato paste and maple syrup in a bowl. Blend in ¼ cup whey, vinegar, salt and spices until it is very smooth.
Pour into a mason jar, topping it off with the remaining 2 T of whey and cover tightly.
Let this sit on your kitchen counter for 4 or 5 days. At this time, pour into another bowl and stir everything together.
Put it back into the mason jar and refrigerate. This should keep in the refrigerator for a couple of months.