You’ve heard of how healthy apple cider vinegar is for you, but did you know that you can make a healthy probiotic rich fermentatation with pineapple peels? It blends so well with mango blackberry, watermelon, cucumber mint, and strawberry basil smoothies!
Waste not want not. What a great way to reuse your pineapple scraps! This is an easy recipe that requires no fermentation starter! Pineapple is rich in bromelain enzymes that help with the exceleration for the break down of sugars to good bacteria.
Don’t waste the core, stuff it in the pitcher too! Most of the bromelain is stored in the core.
The core actually serves a great purpose! Cut the core just enough so that you can wedge it in the the pitcher to weigh down the pineapple. This is can be a bit of a problem when you are fermenting fruits and vegetables. Ceramic weights can be used, but everyone complains that they do not work well. Your ferments must be completely submerged under water to carry out the best quality for the fermenting process.
This is one of the easiest ferments that I have ever made! The brew should work out fine just as long as everything is submerged under the liquid. This way it will not collect bacteria above the water level.
Pineapple is good for digestion, especially since bromelain is a mixture of protein digestioning enzymes. So much so that bromelain is used as a meat tenderizer.
Then on top of that, you’ve created a fermented pineapple superfood that unlocks the digestive effects even more! This could further help with its ammune system abilities with pineapple being loaded with viatmin C, B vitamins, minerals, and vitamin A.
You can add any fruit like strawberries if you want to variety to your ferment mix! The pineapple core is submerged right on top of the weightless strawberries.
If you want to see how easy it is to preserve sweet potatoes, green beans, and just about any vegetable without a starter try this no food waste pickling recipe. Cabbage is a great starter that you can make a spin-off of sauerkraut or kimchi.
If you let it sit for 4-6 weeks it will turn into vinegar! Just like apple cider vinegar you can drink a teaspoon with water or make a healthy salad dressing with it.
These fermented pineapple fruit smoothies are a nice creation that came from the idea of an old Mexican tradition of making fermented pineapple drinks called Tepeche. It is typically made with sugar or piloncillo, cinnamon, cloves and served on the rocks.
Here is another tip that sets this beyond healthy recipe apart from other fermented drinks, I do not think that adding any additional sugar to this recipe is necessary. I actually blended some of the pineapple pulp in my magic bullet (free shipping) for natural sweetness! You can add sweetner to the final product. This way, you aren’t adding as much sugar. The watermelon and mango smoothies will give you all the sweetness you need!
This is a terrific way to drink fermented drinks if you don’t care for the taste of the brew.
You can still add your greens to it like kale and spinach.
You can add as much or as little fermented pineapple as you like.
Even if you add 1/4 cup you can still get all the health benefits.
Fermented Pinapple Fruit Smoothies
- Wash the outside of the pineapple.
- Cut the pinapple peels and core, and make sure you leave about 1 inch of the flesh on the peel. Just place as many peels as you can fit in the pitcher. Make sure they are short enough to be submerged under water.
- Add sweetner or pureed pinapple for sweetness.
- Wedge the core in the pitcher to weigh down the peels.
- Wrap a cloth with a rubber band around the brew and let it sit away from sunlight at room temperature (65-to 75 degrees). Your brew will be ready in 3 to 4 days. Check the brew every 24 hours to make sure everything stays submerged. You can mix the brew if you would like.
- When the brew is ready, store it in a jar in the fridge. It can keep for up to three months where it will continue to slowly ferment.
You can make a smaller amount in a mason jar if you would like. Again, just stuff as many peels as you can in the jar and fill with water and leave an inch of space.
If you want to make sure your fermenting goes smoothly when you are pickling your fresh fruits and vegetables, try this no worries Perfect Pickler Fermenting Master. It features an airlock lid, while the tube captures excess brine or fermenting gas. So you won’t have to worry about keeping your veggies underneath the brine!
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