What are Gutsy Ferments’ Foods Fermented In?
We ferment all our foods in oak barrels. Fermenters have been using oak barrels for thousands of years, and we love oak barrels for so many reasons. Oak barrels are chemical free, sustainable and create some great flavours. During fermentation, foods often get very acidic. Depending on time, temperature and levels of carbohydrates, vegetables can achieve a pH of 3.5–3 (acidic) during fermentation.
When foods are fermented in plastic, poor quality stainless steel, or even ceramic crocks with the wrong type of glaze, chemicals may leach from the vessels into the foods. After 3-4 weeks of fermenting the flavour of these chemicals becomes noticeable, and taints the fermented foods. Oak barrels are great as they contain no artificial chemicals. Oak also produces a unique depth and complexity of flavours in fermented foods.
What Is Wild Fermentation?
Wild fermentation is the process of allowing all the locally sourced, naturally existing bacteria that live on and in and around our fruit and vegetables to multiply and propagate during fermentation. We do this without using starter cultures. Instead, we just wait and let the natural bacteria do their thing. You can taste the difference in our fermented foods.
Some people say that you need to add a starter culture to vegetables or fruit before fermentation; but that’s not true! People have been wildly fermenting for thousands of years, and it’s worked just fine. In fact, because it’s totally natural, you get better results with wild fermentation.
Are Gutsy Kraut and Kimchi Products Vegan?
Yes. No animal products are used during the process when we make our Kraut and Kimchi products. There is definitely no fish sauce in the Kimchi.
However, if you order Kraut or Kimchi online it needs to be kept cold as it travels to you. By default we ship it in a thermal box using sheep wool offcuts. So, if you don't want to keep your products cool in wool, you have the option to choose a vegan, polystyrene box at checkout.
We take organic produce and make it super yum and super nutritious through chemical-free oak barrel fermentation.
We Source Our Nutrient-rich, Fresh Produce From Aussie Farmers
You’ll notice the difference that our fresh, local, certified organic ingredients make as soon as you open one of our delicious fermented foods. It’s in the crunchiness of our fermented fruits and veggies, the brightness of their colours and the depth and complexity of their flavours. We cut up all the ingredients and hand massage the seasonings into the veggies/fruit before packing everything into the oak barrels.
We source only the freshest ingredients from local organic producers because that way our products are bursting with nutrients, leaving you and your family healthier and happier. Plus, by sourcing local ingredients we’re doing our bit for the environment by reducing wastage and food mileage.
Anaerobically Fermented In Oak Barrels For 2–6 Weeks
We use anaerobic wild fermentation methods to ensure that you get only the purest, best quality fermented foods with superior taste and the highest possible nutritional value. With wild fermentation, there is no need to add starter cultures, we simply let nature take its course to produce premium quality fermented foods.
We use oak barrels to ensure there is no leaching of chemicals into our products during fermentation. Oak barrels have been used to create delicious fermented foods for thousands of years because they contain no artificial chemicals and produce fermented foods of the finest quality and flavour.
We seal the barrels so they’re airtight and leave them to ferment for two to six weeks, depending on the seasonal temperature. Then we pack all that juicy goodness into glass jars and sell our ferments to our happy customers.
FAQ’s about Our Process
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