Yes, you heard me correctly. I said, “BACTERIA laden pickles.” And I said, “What a crock!” So you didn't hear wrongly.
Uh, wait a sec here, this is a Qigong blog, ISN”T it?
So what the heck does that have to do with you calling pickles laden with bacteria a crock?
I didn't call the bacteria laden pickles a crock. I just said what a crock!
“OK, now I am confused,” you mutter as you reach for the mouse to leave the blog post.
WAIT! This is GOOD news, not bad.
And here is why.
Lactobacilli are the good bacteria. Lactobacillus belongs to a group of friendly bacteria that normally live in the small intestine. They can help us in many ways with our immune systems. Fermentation helps the lactobacillus thrive and helps eliminate toxins.
Wait, did you say “fermentation”? Is this a story about pickle beer?
Yes and No.
This is a post about fermented brine pickles, and man oh man are they good.
I can't absolutely tell you exactly how this is done, although I was at the time practicing Southern Gentleman Farming – watching my wife make these. But I sure like to eat them. The best pickles I have EVER had, bar none!
And yes, one can utilize a crock or a large glass jar to do the fermentation.
Want the recipe?
We got it from the book WILD FERMENTATION by Sandor Ellix Katz , which has recipes for a whole plethora of fermented goodies.
How does this tie in with qigong?
Qi in the body is to a large extent governed by the foods we eat. Which would YOU say has more qi, a pickle that supports the body's digestive process or one that doesn't?
Well, you can argue the above statement all you want. I am going to the fridge and get me a good ole fermented, crunchy pickle.