Mr. Picky and Cultured Foods

Picky Eaters

“About eighty percent of the food on shelves of supermarkets today didn’t exist 100 years ago.”

Larry McCleary

Ron and Me

Do you have picky eaters at your house? Do your friends and family scoff at eating cultured foods? Well, let me tell you about Mister Picky Eater, my husband. When I married him (30 years ago) he ate nothing green. They called him “Wrapper Man” because he ate a lot of meals from food in wrappers at gas stations. The worst thing on the planet, right? Is this food? But I loved him and love is blind and still is. However, he has come a long, long way and if he can embrace cultured foods and change his diet, anybody can.

Don’t look in the kombucha pot!

Kombucha Day 1

When I first started with these foods fifteen years ago he was supportive but thought cultured foods were science projects on our counter. One of the first things he liked was kombucha tea. My daughter Maci said, "Never allow Dad to look in the kombucha pot where we make kombucha, because he will never drink it again if he sees the SCOBY." This is one of the big reasons to get a crock and not a glass jar when first starting out. The SCOBYs, which I think are beautiful, tend to freak people out at first.

Cultured veggies and stealthiness

He liked kefir smoothies made with certain fruits, but he still doesn't know how to use a blender, so I still make them for him. Then there was the whole issue of cultured vegetables. "Not happening," was his response the first time I approached him with cultured vegetables that had garlic and all kinds of pungent veggie smells that filled the house.  So I kept trying and he would eat them, but reluctantly. Until one day, a woman (Shelley) from my class gave me a recipe. Now this was not just any lady, for she wound up being a wonderful friend and designed  the Cultured Food Life pots you see on my site. So delicious was this recipe, that to this day he eats gallons of this recipe. The fact that he will open up the refrigerator and get them out himself is nothing short of a miracle. He claims that eating cultured vegetables (see recipe below) as a whole meal gives him back his stealthiness. Now, I am not sure what this means, but it is a word and if he wants to regain his stealthiness by eating cultured veggies, then I will make them for him. I wouldn't want to mess with a man's stealthiness!

I always have these cultured veggies in my fridge. They are his very favorite and he loves them with sprouted corn chips. It took me years to accomplish this task, and now he eats cultured foods all the time.  He is my favorite person on the planet and my biggest supporter. Life with him is so fun and it makes me come up with recipes to please his unique palate. His pickiness has made me more creative and he wants the credit!

If you have a picky eater, then check out these recipes below, and for more recipes check out my new book Cultured Food in a Jar! It has so many recipes for picky eaters, because I live with them! They will never know they're even eating cultured foods, they're so good.  They will ask for them again and again.

Here are a few of his favorite recipes on my site and for more recipes check out my new book, Cultured Food in a Jar!