Happy Friday folks! How are you?
I was uploading an Instagram story the other day about why I choose to cold-press apples in house in order to make apple juice, over buying in ready-made organic cold-pressed apple juice. The reason being: because most, if not all, pre-pressed apple juice contains ascorbic acid. Ascorbic acid is a concentrated derivative of Vitamin C, which really isn’t that bad, I know. It’s often used as a preservative to extend shelf life, prevent spoilage, and to retain colour… ever noticed how your home pressed apple juice turns brown pretty quickly? The reason it does all those things is because the pH of ascorbic acid sits somewhere between 1.0-2.5, meaning it prevents microbial growth. Which is precisely the reason I’d rather leave it out of FBL Kefir! Kefir is built on microbial growth (of the beneficial kind). Adding something that prevents that would also stop any further beneficial microbial growth from taking place. You see, because FBL Kefir is alive and kicking with microbes, those microbes produce even more microbes once it’s flavoured with (cold pressed) juice, which acts as microbe fodder; it’s known as the second ferment. Call me crazy but adding something that prevents microbial growth just doesn’t make sense!
It got me to thinking about all the other reasons I choose to only use organic, house pressed, cold extracted fruit and vegetable juice in FBL Kefir…
- It’s additive free.
- It’s fresh as can be.
- It retains far more nutrients than juice that isn’t cold-extracted. Cold-extraction uses a masticating action, rather than centrifugal. It effectively chews the whole fruit/vegetable to extract the juice. Centrifugal juicing is very fast action spin and chop motion and produces a fair bit of heat in the process, which begins to kill off heat sensitive nutrients in the juice… I’m all for maximum nutrients!
- I have control over choosing fruits and vegetable varieties which yield the tastiest juice and therefore, the tastiest Kefir.
- The pH of Kefir (between 3.0 - 4.2) offers all the ‘preservatives’ I need.
- It gives me more freedom to choose to work with a wide range of organic, seasonal fruits and vegetables… carrot, rhubarb, grapefruit, beetroot, the list goes on!
Producing the highest quality ferments is of utmost importance to me and using fresh, organic and seasonal cold-pressed juices is just one way of ensuring that.
Just a short one for today. Have a lovely weekend,