Fermentation has been around for thousands of years and can be accomplished with very little experience or technical support.

There are a few rules:

The vegetables must be submerged under liquid at all times

The temperature should be between 55ºF and 75ºF

There must be a way for CO2 to escape

Salt - either 0.4 ounces by weight per pound of vegetables or 1 ounce by weight per 1 quart of water.

The rest is up to you

Chop the vegetables to your liking 

Add your favorite spices

Weigh it and mix in the correct amount of salt.

Gently massage it and pack into a container.

Place something on top to hold it under water ( a small lid for example)

Place a lid with an airlock or a cloth cover.

Hold it warm until it is yummy.

Normally 3 days minimum, 6 weeks maximum.

Check it often and refrigerate when you like it.

 

 

One of the most often asked questions is "Why don't you make kim chi?"

Well, we do...  We just don't call it "kim chi" because it is not kim chi in the most strict definition. We have combined some of the best flavors and techniques from both eastern and western fermentation traditions to create BAO.  As such it is kind of a hybrid, you could say "American kim chi."  It has the best of both and all of the amazing fermentation benefits with extra crunch, unusual flavors and a longer shelf life. It is also vegan. We do not use any animal products in any of our preparations. 

We hope that you enjoy eating them as much as we enjoy making them!

Styrofoam

April 21, 2016

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Unfortunately, styrofoam is part of reality here at BAO. We have searched and continue search for an eco-friendly alternative that can safely transport our products to you.

Until then, we encourage you to reuse your styrofoam packaging. 

If you send the white box and the styrofoam insert (top and bottom) in good condition, we will add 1500 ($15 value) to your rewards account. (Shipping from the US Post office should be $3.50 - send it the slowest and cheapest way!). 

While we do not like using styrofoam, we have learned that it is fully recyclable. This link will take you to a Dart Container's web page that has listings for all of the styrofoam recycling location in the US. And check with your town, it is very likely that they will also pick up styrofoam for recycling.

We are happy to listen if you have any suggestions for alternatives. Please send us a note.

thank you for supporting BAO!

Everyday there is more research showing the need to improve gut health. Fermented vegetables are an essential part of that healing process. Cultured vegetables provide the needed fiber to help clean the digestive system and provide the prebiotic environment to allow probiotics to build an ecosystem and grow in your gut.

Boost your cleanse with fermented vegetables!

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-22864/9-signs-your-gut-is-at-the-root-of-your-health-issues-how-to-heal.html 

Gut Health

March 28, 2016

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Everyone is talking about it. Your gut health is the key to overall health. The American gut  needs help. We have been abusing our guts for generations with processed food, excess sugar and cheap carbs.

We all have take action now to bring in prebiotics and probiotics into our diet.  With a few simple changes in your diet, you can add lots of flavor and lots of help. Kim Chi, sauerkraut, miso, kombucha, yogurt, kefir and any other live (non-pasteurized) cultured product will bring needed probiotics into your diet.

Ok, so we know what probiotics are. But prebiotics? Probiotics provide an environment and food for the probiotic culture. Leafy greens like dandelion, asparagus, onion, garlic (especially raw) provide the needed fiber for probiotics to thrive.

Sure you can get this all in a pill. But it is so much tastier when you get it from nature.

Here is a great article for more information:

9 Signs Your Gut Is At The Root of Your Health Issues 

Antibiotics have become the medical answer to all ailments, and while they do have their place, they have been abused and over used for years. This has led to the need for stronger and stronger antibiotics and to more damage to the micro biome, the good bacterial ecosystem in the human gut.

There is mounting evidence that the addition of cultured foods and drinks from sauerkraut to kefir to miso and more can help replenish your gut with much needed probiotic bacteria. In addition, prebiotics, the raw vegetable fiber that encourage probiotic growth is essential. Cultured vegetables can provide both the prebiotic environment and the probiotic cultures to help your gut replenish the micro biome.

This is a great article from Natural News for more information.

Free Kombucha

January 30, 2016

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enter code: Free to get a free bottle with your order.

We are now offering our kombucha in a 12 ounce bottle with a little fizz and have two new flavors. Enter the coupon code Free and you will get a free bottle of cola or hibiscus added to your order.

The Cola is made with our signature organic kombucha, organic spices and organic molasses. 

The Hibiscus is made with our signature organic kombucha, organic hibiscus and organic spices.

We do not use caramel coloring or any natural or artificial flavors!

We hope that you enjoy them!

 

 

 

Flavors

January 18, 2016

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As a chef instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC, teaching students to understand how flavors work was always the most fun.  We discuss the basic flavor groups: sweet, salty, sour, bitter, spicy and umami. 

Umami was always the most difficult flavor for students to understand. It does not translate well into English and it can be the hardest flavor to develop.

We describe it as "deep, earthy flavor" and find it in ingredients such as soy sauce, parmesan cheese and mushrooms. It is the flavor that makes you want to eat more. 

This flavor is found in fermented foods as well and adds depth and richness as to your preparations.

Balance of course is the key. One flavor element does not make a great dish, but the combination of multiple flavors, or elements with different flavors makes all the difference.

Fermented foods are a great addition, because they have the umami element as well as some other flavor as well, briny, sour and or spicy, which broaden the flavor profile and make your guests want more. 

As always, live cultured foods add the extra benefit of lactobacillus, which aids in digestion and gut health

We have had so many requests for month to mont deliveries that we have added that ability. Finally, you can subscribe to receive BAO delivered to your home on a monthly basis. ...."Clark, It's the gift that keeps on giving the whole year."

 

Just click on the BAO by subscription link above.

We hope you enjoy it.

 

Last week we went to Gabi's Kindergarten class at #Nishuane Elementary School to discuss how we work at BAO and to learn about bacteria.

All of the kids knew about bad bacteria. ...

but they didn't realize that there are good bacteria too…..

Stay tuned to see what kindergarteners learn about good bacteria.

 

 

 

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