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Gut Health Gurus Podcast

Kriben Govender is a Food Scientist and Gut Health Advocate. He is the founder of Gut Health Superstore, Nourishme Organics. He had a seemingly happy life which came crashing down. He was bullied in the workplace, his marriage collapsed, he lost his job and found himself alone in an apartment ready to end his life. Kriben soldiered on, and discovered the impact of gut health on overall health. His purpose is to share the importance of gut health in addressing many different health issues. In this show, Kriben explores how you can improve your health and wellbeing by focusing on your gut.

May 15, 2019

Kriben Govender (Honours Degree in Food Science and Technology) and James Shadrach (Honours Degree in Psychology) having an entertaining conversation with the hilarious Kirsten and Christopher Shockey. We talk about the ins and outs of fermenting vegetables, cider making, miso, tempeh, natto and much more.
Kirsten & Christopher Shockey got their start in fermenting foods, first in their home, and then with their farmstead food company (Mellonia Farm), where they created over forty varieties of cultured vegetables and krauts. When they realised their passion was for the process, they chose to focus on teaching the art of fermenting vegetables. Kirsten & Christopher still experiments with new recipes, helping others set up in-house or farmstead “fermentories”, and teach classes at their farm and hosts small farm workshops.
Kirsten & Christopher lives on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of Southern Oregon, where they have cultivated a handmade life for the last 15 years. Their days are a chaotic combination of parenting, day jobs, writing and navigating whatever the climate and the rural lifestyle throws their way. 
Topics discussed:
  • Knowing where your foods comes from
  • Preserving the bounty
  • Farm steading
  • Growing food chemically free for optimal health
  • You are what you eat
  • Regenerative Farming
  • Zach Bush Podcast
  • Exploring Diets that work for you
  • Supporting Farmers
  • The Power of Consumers
  • Eating low on the food chain
  • More whole foods and less processed foods
  • City Gardens and Communal Gardens
  • Easy vegetables to grow and ferment
  • Fermented Vegetables book
  • Craving fermented foods
  • Commercial production of fermented vegetables
  • Kirsten’s first fermented vegetable recipe
  • Fermented foods fusions
  • How to work out the appropriate salt ratio
  • The purpose of salt in the fermentation
  • Fermenting tomatoes
  • Fermenting cucumbers (pickles)
  • Controlling bad funk/ spoilage - yeast, mould and fungi
  • Enhancing good funk- fermented flavours
  • Brine and Fermento
  • "Submerge in brine conquers evil every time"
  • Adjusting recipes for different climates and conditions- salt vs heat
  • Real ferments vs pasteurised ferments
  • Encouraging children to consume ferments
  • Tasting regularly
  • Fermenting in mason jars
  • Fermentation Variables
  • Top five vegetables ferments for beginners
  • Fermented French Fries
  • Unconventional vegetables to ferment
  • Fermenting herbs
  • Rule of thumb for fermenting time
  • Temperature vs Crock Size vs Ferment time vs Flavour/ Texture
  • Optimal ferment time for maximum probiotic content and predigestion 
  • Seaweed ferments
  • Hard cider making
  • Using wild yeasts
  • Fermentation time for Cider Making
  • New book: Miso, Tempeh, Natto
  • Incorporating ferments into your meal
  • Making Koji
  • Controlling temperature 
  • Miso Making
  • What is a garum?
  • Top tips for Gut Health
Brought to you by:
Nourishme Organics- Your Fermented Food Making Store
Shop Fermented Vegetables- 10% off using code:  shockey
Allele Microbiome- Microbiome Testing
Microbiome Stool testing (10% off Gut Explorer Pro using code: gutlove) 
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