Lacto Fermentation is a natural process for preserving food and enhancing its taste and nutritional value. It was discovered at about the same time as agriculture, when people asked themselves: how can we keep all these vegetables we’ve grown from rotting before we can eat them all? The answer was lactic acid, a natural preservative produced by the growth of beneficial microorganisms that are already present on the surface of vegetables, especially those that grow in or close to the ground like carrots, cabbages and cucumbers, beets, turnips and onions. These bacteria are identical to those that grow in the intestines of human beings, producing beneficial enzymes to help us digest our food, keep us healthy, and load us up with probiotics. Daniel Bellow's pottery is hand-thrown on his potter's wheel in a 19th-century carriage barn in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts. His work is all about form. He single-glazes his pottery and lets the kiln do the rest. The kiln in question has a reduction atmosphere, which yields uniquely rich glazes.
"Things that are made by hand have a life of their own, a spirit that machine made objects, no matter how well designed, are lacking. Surround yourself with useful, beautiful things made by real people. A life well-lived is itself a work of art.” – Daniel Bellow, artist
The health of your gut is one of the many attributing factors to good health. In fact, eighty percent of the immune system lies in your gut, making your little gut dwellers an intricate part of your health. Filling your gut with the good bacteria found in fermented foods promotes a healthy microbiome, which in turn promotes wellness throughout your body. Digestive enzymes produced by the micro-organisms in fermented foods are not synthesized by the human body, but will actually help you absorb more nutrients from the foods you eat (all of them, not just the fermented ones). To access the benefits of these digestive enzymes, consumption of fermented foods is key in order to introduce these micro-organisms into your Gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
NOTE: Due to the handmade nature of this item, lid size may vary but will not affect the fermenting process.