Volcano Art Center offers hands-on fermentation class

Our digestive system is home to a complex diversity of living microorganisms, which are impacted by what we eat and drink.

These microorganisms, which include probiotics, directly influence our health — from aiding digestion, to clearing skin, to boosting our energy. We can nurture the health of these internal microorganisms by eating probiotic-rich, fermented foods.

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Join Jasmine Silverstein of HeartBeet Foods during a hands-on “Sauerkraut & Yogurt Making” workshop from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 27 at the Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village.

Fermented foods have been a part of every ancient culture throughout history. Sauerkraut, pickles and yogurt are a few of the many traditional live-cultured, fermented foods. These foods developed out of the need to preserve food before refrigeration was possible.

Learn the basics of culturing cabbage and various vegetables into probiotic-rich sauerkraut, as well how to make your own yogurt. Each participant will take home their own finished products. This informative and engaging workshop will leave participants prepared to make their own ferments at home.

Cost for the workshop is $60, or $55 for VAC members, plus a $10 supply fee. All supplies and organic ingredients will be provided.

Pre-registration is required. No cooking skills are necessary, just an interest in real, whole food.

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For more information or to register, call VAC at 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

Silverstein is a holistic chef and retreat caterer on the Big Island. She began experimenting in the world of fermentation in 2011, shortly after being diagnosed with a severe autoimmune condition. The benefits she has received from discovering and engaging in the world of microbes have proven invaluable. She hopes to share her experience and inspire others to cultivate their own health.

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