Have you tried lacto-fermented foods? Long ago…people knew how to preserve food without freezing or canning. Lactic acid is a natural preservative that inhibits the growth of bacteria. Starches and sugars in fruits and vegtables are converted into lactic acid. This is called lactobacilli. This lactobacilli enhances digestion and increases vitamin levels. These helpful enzymes promote the growth of healthy gut flora and they are anticarcinogenic. Lacto-fermented fruits and veggies are easy to make and last for months.
Here’s the recipe for pickled cucumbers.
1-2 cucumbers (pesticide free)
1 tbsp mustard seed
1 tbsp sea salt
4 tbsp whey (if not available use an additional 1 tbsp salt)
1 cup filtered water
1-2 drops dill essential oil (or 2 tbsp fresh dill)
Wash and cut up cucumbers. Place in quart size mason jar. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over cucumbers. Leave a 1 inch head space. Cover tightly and leave at room temp for 3 days. Transfer to fridge or cool, dry and dark place. Will hold for several months. These pickles are crisp and fresh tasting!