By Lynnie Stein / September 29, 2022

The Gift of Fermentation

Christmas is near … and there is nothing that screams ‘I care for you’ than receiving homemade fermented goodness. Christmas. If it’s a thing you celebrate, if not your tummy can still enjoy the bacterial goodness and you can share with friends. Why not gather together with a group of friends. Sharing the love and labour among friends with laughter, smiles and plenty of beverages. 

Homemade fermented goodies add a level of sophistication …

Why not give the gift of fermentation to our loved ones?

  • A tasty treat + the gift of healing all rolled into one.
  • What better Christmas gift could we ask for?

Memories are Priceless!

  • Memories of my grandparents, cutting of the tunnel after the Christmas dinner (roast turkey with apple and nut stuffing, brined potatoes, and red sauerkraut).
  • What a wonderful ritual!!
Traditions … Those little rituals passed down from generation to generation that help shape family by creating a sense of unity, warmth, and closeness.
Thierry and his artistry – flower kraut

They create memories of peace, love, happiness, and security.

The following not only make great gifts, also great offerings to holiday guests. 

Christmas is near … and there is nothing that screams ‘I care for you’ than receiving a jar of homemade pickles made with love, green mango, bush lemons, chilli, herbs, and spices.

  • Little pieces of pickle especially combined with a condiment (Christmas cranberry and pomegranate relish) can make even the most boring food taste extraordinary.
  • Of course, that is the power of any good Lacto-fermented Pickle!
  • Living in the tropics, we love to share Christmas mangoes.
  • We are very lucky to have more than we can eat whole and just bear to adulterate into mango smoothies, cakes, water kefir, kombucha, ice-cream, salad dressing and more.
  • Blend the pulp of 3 mangoes with 1 cup milk kefir.
  • Add juice of half a small lemon and mixed spice and cinnamon to taste.
  • Serve dressing over small whole potatoes, steamed broccoli flowers and sliced papaw.


  • 1 orange (peeled and segmented)
  • 1/3 cup unrefined sugar
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • dash of cinnamon and vanilla powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • Tablespoon grated fresh ginger, teaspoon Himalayan salt, 1 cup cranberries, seeds of 1 pomegranate.
  • Whizz all together, except for pomegranate seeds.
  • Pulse to blend.
  • Stir in pomegranate seeds. over to the fermenting fairies.
  • Check up to 3 days.
  • Add to kefir cream cheese and pair with crackers or chunks of bread.
  • Boost the probiotic value by making your own kefir cheese or just use a block of store-bought cream cheese with the chutney spread decoratively over the top.

Here is a fascinating story about an application of fermentation

  • A Russian-Australian woman put sauerkraut in her husband’s ear.
  • “Her grandmother came to her in a dream and reminded her that when she was a young girl in Russia, they would use sauerkraut poultices any time someone had any weird skin irregularity.
  • When the woman woke up, she told her husband of her dream.
  • The man was scheduled for surgery to remove a skin cancer in his ear.
  • He agreed to let his wife try her home remedy.
  • The skin cancer disappeared.
Christmas dinner

Traditions are the glue that keeps a family together.

  • We all have very busy lifestyles and adding a small tradition here or there can make all the difference to your family.
  • You are not obligated to continue Christmas Traditions that leave you Broke, Overwhelmed, or Tired. ❤
  • Grab a few bottles or baskets and fill with treats for special gifts.
  • Tie with ribbon and Christmas trims.

Some inspiration to get you started ….

  • Honey infused garlic (recipe in garlic + ginger e-book)
  • Ginger and Turmeric fermented in lime brine (recipe in garlic + ginger e-book)
  • Fermented edible wildflowers (recipe in bush food)
  • Grainy Kombucha Mustard (recipe in kombucha e-book)
  • Fermented vegetables … cucumber pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi etc
  • Baked treats and raw probiotic treats
  • Christmas Relish
  • A flip-top bottle or 2 of homemade beverage … water kefir, kombucha, ginger beer
Raise a glass of ginger, turmeric, lemon myrtle and Australian native sarsaparilla or tamarind and turmeric tonic.
  • More info in Beverages & Bush food & Foraging and Fermenting e-books
  • Just be sure to keep refrigerated because a bubbly explosion is not the right kind of surprise.
  • For alcohol lovers check out our beverage books for Country Summer wine and more.
  • Homemade fresh cheeses are a unique gift. 
  • Make kefir green cheese extra special by marinating in an herb oil. (Recipe in Say Kefir Cheese Book).
  • A block of homemade Smen butter (recipe in Feral milk book)
  • Water kefir jellies … recipe in water kefir book
  • And a rustic loaf of sourdough bread is beautiful and delicious.
  • Just add a few bottles of spreads … bread, butter and spreads special delivery ❤
  • Homemade rustic pasta (recipe in Motherhood bread e-book) and a quick and easy tomato salsa (Recipe in Fermented Vegetables e-book)
Christmas lunch

Homemade fermented goodies add a level of sophistication

  • Fermented cocktail onions are so much better tasting and gut-loving than your usual store-bought ones!
  • Tomato salsa is so easy, tasty, and quick to make.
  • Having a bottle or 2 you can always whip a snack together for guests … bruschetta and Festive taco comes to mind.
  • Fermented Cranberry relish and sauce is delicious with turkey or brie.
  • Mincemeat was a traditional way of preserving fruit and nuts for the winter.
  • At festive times it is often eaten as a tart filling. It is also a delicious accompaniment to a cheese board.
  • Homemade frothy whipped eggnog is probiotic and delicious.
  • Made with coconut milk kefir for those who are sans dairy. (Recipe in wild coconut and feral milk books).

Most ferments can last outside of the fridge to be unwrapped and enjoyed.

Make sure to label or add a note in your card if it is a ferment that should be kept in the fridge.

  • Preserved citrus will dress up many dishes and is fantastic for festive cleaning – add to soap nut liquid or kombucha for dishes, laundry, floors, porcelain, tile, stove tops, counter tops – even clogged drains.
  • An all-purpose Festive fairy cleaner spray bottle with 1:10 ratio and clean away to your heart content!
  • Festive Roasts – particularly poultry, such as chicken pair well with preserved lemons / limes.
  • The flesh and rind of the limes are used.
  • The bird is rubbed all over, inside, and out for seasoning then sprinkled with black pepper, or ground cumin or any all-purpose seasoning.
  • Very little extra salt is added.
  • The rind is tucked under the skin of the breast on both sides, between the thighs and in the cavity.
jar of preserved limes and lime on tree
  • Festive Potatoes – mix pureed preserved lemons/ limes with oil and toss with par-cooked sauerkraut brined potatoes and roast.
  • Add some of the pureed version to mayonnaise to make citrus mayo or to aioli for a garlic-lime aioli.
  • Check out Preserved Citrus e-book.
Small boy on Christmas card

Picky eaters are not always eager to try new food.

  • Fermented beverages like water kefir can be combined into gelatine to make yummy treats.
  • Also made into ice cream or shave ices and flavoured with any number of ingredients.
  • Milk kefir will shake up your Festive menu plan! So many ideas in Feral Milk book.
  • Fermented garlic and ginger are easy to sneak into several foods.
  • Sauerkraut brine / kvass is the go-to starting point and can replace your final seasoning in everything from Festive dips to Christmas dinner. (Medicine in a jar)
  • Fermented tomato salsa combined with mashed avocado is deelish tossed through fresh vegetable spirals or pasta.
lunch box with healthy food

Beet kvass makes a great pink Festive colouring …. Soak coconut nuts, grains & seeds.

One of the easiest ferments to make – follow along in Module 1 – The Gut Academy How to Ferment Course + Group

Gifting pretty bottles of Gut-loving Festive Sauerkraut

  • … including mustard seeds, shredded ginger kombu, and lemon slices (make the lemon slices a bit bigger as they will shrink) … double duty … Chop ‘em up, peel and all, and throw in just about anything from salads to grain dishes, baked potato for an amazing flavour boost (or you can just eat them in your kraut, of course).
  • Apple Kraut … green cabbage, radicchio, shallots, apple, juniper berry and allspice…and so many more combinations (recipes in Festive Sauerkraut ) FREE STUFF
sauerkraut making
Festive Sauerkraut Making

When life gives you cabbage, you make sauerkraut

  • Christmas … with a festive touch and share with others.
  • Homemade sauerkraut is a world apart from the stuff that comes from the grocery store.
  • It is crunchy and delightfully sour. Follow along in Module 1
  • Sauerkraut fermentation requires almost no work on the part of you.
  • In principle, sauerkraut is made by the wild fermentation of cabbage in the absence of oxygen.
  • The gift of Sauerkraut is made by combining shredded cabbage, salt and sometimes spices, and allowing the mixture to ferment.
  • Grandma would include classic kraut in most of her recipes.
  • It is an excellent flavour booster to salads, stir fries, fruits, salsas, green smoothies, cacao treats, sandwiches, sushi, rice rolls and more.
  • Perfect for topping a round of beer-braised brats or layering into a big Boxing Day sandwich.

“Where there is beet soup and sauerkraut, there is plenty.”

Old Polish proverb


Happy gut-loving gifting and munching!

  • It is my hope I can bring a little peace, love, happiness & tranquillity and inspire you to believe in the magic of your dreams & to never give up.
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  • May the energy from each pic and piece keep flowing to you! 
  • I am inspired by the beauty and diversity of Nature and of, Love and Life itself.

Love & bacteria, Xo,

Christmas table
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