There are loads of benefits to lacto-fermentation; from the health benefits to the sustainability factors.

This time we thought we’d share with you five of these fermented foods you can make easily at home for a fraction of the cost of what you would pay for them in the store.

Whether you’re paying $3/quart of yogurt or $3.99/pint of kombucha, you can know that the homemade version will save you money and be a more sustainable option.

Top 5 Fermented Foods to Make At Home

1. Yogurt

This is one of the most commonly eaten fermented foods in North America. The problem with store bought Yogurt is that it can also be loaded with sugar, plus, sometimes not even contain the live cultures that you want in yogurt. So making yogurt at home with your own yogurt maker is a great idea.

You can make it super easily in a crock pot. You can make it almost as easy in a cooler.

You can also make raw yogurt from raw milk using cultures and keep all of the goodness of your raw milk intact.

2. Kefir

This close cousin to yogurt is even easier to make as it is a mesophilic culture, meaning it does not require a certain temperature range to culture.

It also contains more strains of friendly bacteria so it is a great option for fermented dairy if you are looking to diversify your intake of various cultures. You can find the starter needed to make homemade kefir easily online.

3. Sourdough Bread

Sourdough is the old world way of making bread from before commercial yeast was available.

You can keep a sourdough starter at home to use as a leaven for your homebaked breads, pancakes, and just about every other baked good you can imagine.

The benefit of sourdough is the long fermentation process, making the flour more nutritious, and the fact that you won’t ever have to buy yeast again.

You can find a great book on all things sourdough and purchase the starter culture for your sourdough.

4. Sauerkraut

I have seen jars smaller than a quart of this ubiquitous fermented cabbage in the grocery store for over seven dollars.

You can make it at home for a fraction of that price.

My favorite method of making sauerkraut is the open crock method (which can be done simply with a bowl, a plate, and some heavy objects) as I find it results in the best flavor, texture, and cultures.

5. Kombucha

This fizzy, fermented beverage is becoming very popular and it can be found in all sorts of health food stores. We had lots of questions about kombucha we tried to answer.

You can also pay up for $4 a pint-sized bottle for it, which makes it extraordinarily out of reach for most people. The good news is, you can make it at home with organic tea and sugar for what I once calculated as $.16/bottle.

You can also do a second ferment on tightly capped bottles using fruit juices. This makes a great replacement to soda pop.

Summary

So whether you simply stick with yogurt or branch out with all of these fermented foods, try making them at home for cheap if you can.