We carry more than ten times as many bacterial cells on our skin and in our gut than we have human cells in the body, meaning we are more genetically bacterial than anything else. By getting our gut microfloral balance right, we can positively change our immune system which can even alter our mood.
Current studies suggest that a diverse range of microbes are important to our health. Ensuring your diet is a vibrant mix of food types is really important for optimum health and your body's ability to digest and absorb nutrients.
Adding lacto fermented foods, like Krauts, to your diet is a great way to encourage more diversity into your microbiota. Fermenting breaks down some of the fiber and allows bacteria to reproduce, turning humble vegetables into caped superheroes for your gut!
This recipe incorporates a healing broth, rich in gelatine, along with a good dollop of our delicious Naked Kraut. The magic combination helps to calm and balance your gut.
- 500g Smoked Ham Hock
- 1 Pig's Trotter
- 200g Naked Sauerkraut
- 2 tbsp caraway seeds
- Half a white onion, sliced
- 2 cloves of garlic, sliced
- A small knob of finely grated horseradish
- A small bunch of parsley, chopped
- 1 tsp Grass Fed Ghee
Place the ham hock and trotter into a good-sized pan with enough water to cover the hock. Simmer the for at least three hours, you may need to top up the water in this time. Once cooked take the ham off the heat, setting the water to one side and leaving the hock to cool. You can discard the trotter as all it's value has melted into your broth.
In a frying pan with a little ghee, gently sweat the onions and garlic. Once soft add caraway seeds and grated horseradish and allow the aromatics to infuse.
Pull the meat from the hock and shred it. Place the shredded meat into a saucepan along with the onion mix and pour over a litre of the cooking liqueur. Bring the broth to a simmer.
Finish with some finely chopped parsley and the sauerkraut and season to taste.