I meant to publish where to purchase raw fermented foods in Southeastern Indiana weeks ago!
I apologize for the long silence. I work full time and have a family and a garden. And I spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking from scratch, canning, freezing and fermenting.
Family illnesses and a family vacation were added to all that the last few weeks and I have just plain been to busy to post anything.
I am thinking about
begging asking for some help so silence doesn’t become a common theme here. Wanna help?
Where To Purchase Raw Fermented Foods In Southeastern Indiana
I highly recommend making most, if not all, of your fermented foods at home.
Why? It’s super fun, tasty and very
But with that said, knowing where to purchase raw fermented foods in Southeastern Indiana can be helpful.
Maybe you are new to the concept of raw, fermented foods and you’d like to try a few things first.
Maybe you’re suffering from some digestive issues and you want to begin enjoying the benefits of fermented foods today.
Or maybe, you’re an old fermenting pro who wants to try a few new ferments that you don’t currently make yourself.
Before you read on to find out where you can purchase these probiotic powerhouses in Southeastern Indiana, you might want to take a look at the other posts in this series in case you missed one. Or forgot all about them because it’s been a while since I posted them.
Hard to Find Harder to Afford
Raw Fermented Foods Can be Difficult to find and expensive when you do in Southeastern Indiana.
Here are the best of the best that I have found.
Yogurt is easy to find. Just read the labels on the containers at your local grocery store to make sure you’re buying yogurt that contains live an active cultures.
Traders Point Creamery yogurt is produced by an Indiana Farm. It isn’t currently in most local Southeastern Indiana stores, so I don’t get my hands on it very often. But when I make a trip up towards Indianapolis, I make sure and grab some from the nearest Kroger store. FYI, there pasteurized, un-homogonized milk is tasty, though it isn’t probiotic.
Maple Hill Creamery yogurt isn’t local. It comes all the way from New York and it costs almost $1.39 for a 6 ounce cup at Kroger. And it’s often sold out! At least at the Batesville Kroger.And I’m perplexed as to why I have to buy grass fed yogurt that is made in New York at a Batesville Indiana Kroger store, when Traders Point Creamery is just a few counties away?????
I can make yogurt myself for 1/4 of that price with the fresh raw milk I get each week from my cow share.
Milk Kefir is a fermented milk product. It’s kind of like a drinkable yogurt. It can be found at Kroger and Aldi! It costs about $3.50 to $3.99 a quart.
Store bought milk Kefir is really good! But………it’s made differently than the home brewed stuff. It contains about 13 strains of beneficial bacteria (which is more than most yogurts), but the homemade version can have more than 30 different strains of probiotics!
I’ll tell you more about how to brew your own milk kefir later.
Kombucha is a slightly effervescent fermented tea.
You can find Raw Kombucha at some Kroger Stores and an occasional gas station in Southeastern Indiana.
There are several brands available, but my favorite is GT’s Kombucha. I recomend the gingeraide flavor. But at almost $4.00 per bottle, you may want to make it yourself if you’ll be drinking it regularly.
If you purchase store bought Kombucha, save the bottles. They are great for doing second ferments of homemade proboitic beverages because they are made of very thick glass.
Kevits is a probiotic beverage that’s available in some places as well. It’s kind of like a water kefir, but with a vinegary twang. I like it, but it’s almost $4 a bottle like store bought Kombucha.
If you can’t find Kevita at your local grocery, you can order it here.
Water kefir is really easy and cheap to make at home once you get a hold of some grains.
Most of the sauerkraut you can purchase at local Southeastern Indiana stores is not fermented sauerkraut at all. And what is real fermented kraut is likely dead, because it’s been pasteurized (heated).
I found a small bag of raw fermented sauerkraut at a Kroger store once on clearance for $6! But I haven’t seen any since. And I look all…the…time.
Do you know any other places to purchase raw fermented foods in Southeastern Indiana that I have missed? Do tell!!!
Stay tuned! I’ll be sharing recipes for all kinds of fermented foods that you can create yourself using local produce and cultures in future posts.
Are you a local food lover or a proud Hoosier?
If you are, we hope you’ll keep in touch!