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Biotic Tomatoes are Super Foods Times Ten!

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“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.”Lewis Grizzard

Summer tomatoes taste the best!
Summer tomatoes taste the best

 65,000,000+ probiotics

There is a cultured Green Tomato dish on the market, made by Bubbies picklesthat is fermented. They had it analyzed for probiotics and they sent the results (65,000,000+) to me when I asked. They don’t use added cultures like Cutting Edge Cultures as I do, which means that my cultured tomatoes have significantly more probiotics than their cultured tomatoes. My dish has at least this many, and possibly millions to billions more, probiotics. I have seen the science behind the Cutting Edge veggie starter culture that cultures my veggies, and it is pretty amazing. The only way I culture my veggies now is by incorporating Cutting Edge Veggie Starter. Using this starter culture will add billions of probiotics to your cultured foods. Cultured food is always more effective than probiotic pills because the food gives the probiotics a protective halo that helps them survive the harsh stomach acids. To read more about this, you can go here: Cultured Foods Stronger Than Supplements

What kind of food plan do you follow?

I have a diverse group of people who subscribe and are members of my site. They have very different diets but are adding cultured foods to enhance what they’re doing. I’ve discovered that consuming cultured foods is one of the keys to living an incredibly healthy life. Not only have I experienced this, but others are recognizing this as well.

Reading books is my favorite hobby.
Reading books is my favorite hobby.

I have stacks and stacks of books in my house on health and wellness. For years and years, I was on a never-ending search to find the key to positive health and wellness. I researched and experimented with literally every diet out there. Many years ago, I remembered reading that the Japanese had a very high life expectancy and were one of the healthiest groups of people. I tried to replicate their diet with disastrous results. I didn’t understand the key components. I thought it was the soy in their diet and started consuming tons of it. Soy milk, soy proteins and soy legumes. Soy foods contain natural plant compounds (called isoflavones) that appear to work like hormones, and what I found during those few months I was consuming soy was that my thyroid slowed down. When I eliminated the soy, my thyroid returned to its normal state. Years later, I found out that the Japanese mostly eat fermented soy. This eliminates all of the problems in un-fermented soy. After years of study and trying so many different diets, I discovered that if I ate real, whole foods and added cultured foods to my diet, everything got better. We are all so different – I never want to tell someone that they have to eat exactly as I do, but I am happy to tell you that cultured foods fit into any diet. It can be raw, Paleo, vegetarian, you name it. These foods can help everybody by enhancing any diet.

Michael Pollan, who has written many wonderful books on food and diet, suggested that a lack of fermented foods is one of the most notable differences between the Western diet and all other successful diets throughout history. This is something I, too, have found. Throughout many of the healthy diets in the world, cultured foods were a must and consumed every day. These diets were diverse, but each of them  have had their own unique cultured foods, often being consumed at every meal. I consume cultured foods every day and have found that if I don’t, I suffer with food cravings, digestion problems, addictions, joint pain, and I just don’t feel like myself. Cultured foods are my personal trainers. They  have taught me what to eat and how to experience wellness day to day. I have also found that if I eat The Trilogy (kefir, kombucha, and cultured vegetables)  as a meal, I can go many, many hours and not be hungry. It’s like putting high octane fuel in my tank and it seems to work incredibly well for me. Most days I do this before noon, and it is one of my secrets for being more productive and more energetic every day.

Tomatoes are super foods
Tomatoes are super foods

You can make all kinds of cultured foods to add to your diet, but what I eat quite often is cultured tomato dishes. The dish that follows is super easy and one I serve a lot at my cultured food classes. Tomatoes are super foods all by themselves, but when you ferment them, they become a Biotic Super Food – times ten! Adding just a spoonful at a meal will help you digest your meal and you’ll receive more nutrients from the foods you consume with it. You will receive a lot of benefits from a couple spoonfuls –  this is how cultured foods work. They have billions of probiotics in them and they are anxious to do their job. They’ll help you receive more benefits from your food than you would ever have without them. You can’t see these little microbes, but they know what to do and they are mighty, all 65,000,000+ of them!

Tomato Bruschetta
Serve this with Donna's Sourdough Bread, toasted, with a smear of goat cheese. Be careful - it's hard not to eat the whole jar!~Donna
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Ingredients
  • 1/2package Cutting Edge Culturesor you can use 1/2 cup kefir whey
  • 1 cup Waterfor mixing the culture
  • 4large tomatoesfinely chopped
  • 2cloves garlicminced
  • 1/4cup basilfresh, chopped
  • 1/2tsp Celtic Sea SaltI like to add more Celtic sea salt on top just before I serve it
  • 1/2tsp pepper
  • Waterfiltered or spring water
Servings: gallon
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Instructions
  1. If using the starter culture, stir together the culture and water. Let the mixture sit while you prepare the ingredients—around 10 minutes. If using kefir whey, add it when the recipe calls for culture.
  2. Place the tomatoes, garlic, basil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl and toss to combine.
  3. Add the mixture to a 2 quart glass or ceramic container that can be securely sealed.
  4. Add the Cutting Edge Culture or kefir whey and cover with water, leaving and inch or two at the top.
  5. Seal the container and let it sit on your kitchen counter, out of direct sunlight, for 2 days.
  6. Check the vegetables every day to make sure they are fully submerged in the water. If they have risen above the water, simply push them down so they are fully covered by the water. If any white spots formed because the veggies rose above the water, do not worry. Remember, this isn’t harmful. Just scoop out the vegetables that have the white spots on them and push the rest back under the water.
Recipe Notes

Note- It is best to use a starter culture when culturing tomatoes. I have found the salt method doesn't always work as well. These will last 3 months in the refrigerator.

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