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Preparing your own Fermented Sauerkraut in Brine at Home

Recipe by Katolen Yardley, Medical Herbalist

There is a huge difference between sauerkraut in vinegar versus prepared in brine. For the numerous health enhancement benefits, prepare sauerkraut fermented in brine (salt water) for the lacto fermentation benefits of lactobacillus and other beneficial bacterial present during the fermentation process (the same beneficial bacteria found in live unsweetened yoghurt).

When cabbage is submerged in brine, the live bacteria converts the natural occurring sugars found in the cabbage into lactic acid, this is a natural preservative that inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria. In addition to preserving the cabbage, fermented sauerkraut in brine promotes digestive health, boosts enzyme and vitamin production and assists the body with digestion.

Preparation Materials

 1 large container for your sauerkraut.  A large glass canning mason jar is the best. Sterilize your jar by placing in boiling water for 10 minutes.  Then dry and cool prior to use.

1 medium cabbage (any type is possible but red is highest in antioxidants)

2 tbsp pickling salt or sea salt

2 tsp soaked and sliced dulse seaweed (optional)

Fennel root chopped

1 celery stock diced

Chopped diced carrot

1 shredded grated beet

1 tablespoon fresh ginger root – diced

1 tablespoon finely diced and sliced white onion

Herbs: caraway, dill, celery seeds, black pepper, turmeric

1 garlic clove diced

Options: You can pick and choose which veggies or spices you add to your recipe depending upon the ingredients you have on hand. You can make sauerkraut with just cabbage and salt, or you can add additional herbs and vegetables for additional flavor and variety.  Jicama and radishes can also be added.

Remove the top layers of the cabbage. Chop cabbage in half and quarters, then chop or grate into thin slices. Cut out the central core and reserve for later use.   Add shredded cabbage in to a bowl, mix in the spices, salt and seaweed. Using your hands- massage the cabbage for 5 minutes until it releases its juices then press cabbage down into a glass mason jar- add in liquid- the liquid should cover the cabbage by 1-2 inches.

 If there is not enough liquid then create your own brine by adding 1 tblsp pickling salt to 2 cups boiled water – stir until salt has dissolved then add into jar.

Once there is enough brine to cover the cabbage, then firmly press down one large cabbage leaf on the top of the mixture and push it down below the brine. If needed, add a weight, a smaller jar or a clean rock to keep the top cabbage leaf secure and below the brine.  **This is an important step to prevent mold on the top of the fermentation.  Cover the mason jar with cheese cloth to allow for air flow or place the lid back on the mason jar however do ensure that the cabbage is below the brine level to ensure proper fermentation of good bacteria and prevent development of mold. Sometimes the fermentation bubbles, so place a saucer under the mason jar to catch the drips.

If you have placed a lid on your fermentation, release the lid (open and close) every 2 days to let the carbon dioxide out of the fermentation. Or if using cheese cloth, ensure that the cabbage is continually below the brine level.

Store at room temperature room for at least 7 days or up to 4 weeks for additional flavor and medicinal properties.

Most people are eager to sample their fermentation so the shorter ferment time is certainly possible.  Continue tasking until you are happy with your creation. After the 3 days there is no minimum fermentation time. Remove the top cabbage leaf.

Refrigerate, placing a lid on your ferment and consume within 30 days.

Trouble shooting: if there is mold on the top cabbage leaf, then the brine has not fully covered the cabbage or there is not enough salt in your brine. Many people feel that simply removing the top leaf and using the cabbage ferment below is okay, however if the mixture tastes yeasty, moldy or looks slimy, then trust your intuition and discard the whole entire creation and start over.

It is normal for red cabbage to lose its color- proceed ahead.

Options for use: Use 1 tablespoon as a condiment and slowly increase to 2-3 tablespoons to prevent gas and bloating. Add to sandwiches, wraps, veggie bowls and salads.

Cosmetic-Making for Mothers’ Day with Katolen Yardley, Medical Herbalist

Create natural body care products for yourself or as a Mother’s Day Gift. This fun workshop is appropriate for ages 12 and up. Participants will each prepare a lip balm, bath balm fizzer, and a honey coconut oil body scrub to take home. Join Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) as you learn about the cosmetic benefits of certain plants and create fun body care products.

Katolens book, the Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies will be available for purchase at the class.

For more information about Katolen visit: www.katolenyardley.com

To stay informed of upcoming classes join our Facebook page: Katolen Yardley, Medical Herbalist

Date: Sunday | May 5, 2019 | 10 am – 12:30 pm

Cost: Van Dusen Members: $49.50 | General Public: $55

Resource person: Adult Education Coordinator, 604-718-5898

Location: VanDusen Guides Classroom | 5151 Oak St, Vancouver, BC, V6M 4H1

Register here.

THE ART OF HERBAL MEDICINE MAKING

About this Workshop

Dive into the art of herbal medicine making and learn how to prepare herbal teas, herbal vinegars, a medicinal salve and infused oil. An instruction booklet will be provided. Learn of the action and medicinal application of herbs used in class for first aid. In this class participants will:

  • learn how to prepare and sample an herbal tea infusion and understand the difference between an infusion and decoction
  • lean how to prepare an infused oil and the various applications for an oil
  • observe the preparation of a herbal salve and take home a small container of medicinal salve
  • prepare and take home a 250ml of medicinal and culinary herbal vinegar

Participants should bring one clean wide mouthed class container (approx 250 or 300ml) with tightly fitting lid, a pen, and a tea cup for sampling tea. Copies of The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies will be available for purchase for $ 25.

About the Instructor

Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) is a medical herbalist and nature knower with over 20 years of clinical and herbal medicine making experience in private practice in Vancouver, BC. She enjoys providing usable tools for optimal health through inspiration and education. She is the author of the “Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies” (August 2016) and current president of the Canadian Herbalist’s Association of British Columbia. She is a clinic supervisor at Dominion Herbal College and adjunct faculty at Boucher Naturopathic College and offers seminars to the general public. Visit www.katolenyardley.com for more information

Date and Time

Saturday, April 20 | 9:00am – 12:00 pm (3 hours)

Location

UBC Farm

3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver BC

Cost

$95 ($87 student pricing) + GST

REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP

HERBAL MEDICINE THROUGHOUT HISTORY

About this Workshop

Trace the use of herbal medicines throughout history and different cultures during this evening of storytelling and folklore. Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) ~ Medical Herbalist will discuss influential herbalists such as Hildegard, Galen and Hippocrates, and will focus on some important plants and their uses from traditional, to current scientific studies. Leave with a greater understanding of how plants play an important role in our society and health and leave with a greater appreciation of the meandering history of plant medicine. Copies of The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies will be available for purchase for $25.

About the Instructor

Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) is a medical herbalist and nature knower with over 20 years of clinical and herbal medicine making experience in private practice in Vancouver, BC. She enjoys providing usable tools for optimal health through inspiration and education. She is the author of the “Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies” (August 2016) and current president of the Canadian Herbalist’s Association of British Columbia. She is a clinic supervisor at Dominion Herbal College and adjunct faculty at Boucher Naturopathic College and offers seminars to the general public. Visit www.katolenyardley.com for more information.

Date and Time

Wednesday, April 10th | 6:30 – 9:00 pm (2.5 hours)

Location

UBC Farm

3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver BC

Cost

$35 ($30 student pricing) + GST

REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP

BASICS OF HERBAL MEDICINE PART 2


About this Workshop

Join us for an experiential and informative talk on incorporating herbal medicine into your lifestyle through learning the energetic of plant medicine. This is a continuation of the learning the basics of herbal medicine talk – and we will be covering different herbs through accessing our senses and taste. This talk offers gems for new and seasoned herbalists alike! We will discuss some back-to-nature home remedies and effective herbal medicines will be an opportunity to ‘sample the flavours’ of some gentle herbs during this talk (so bring a spoon and a drinking mug!). Copies of The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies will be available for purchase for $ 25.

About the Instructor

Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) is a medical herbalist and nature knower with over 20 years of clinical and herbal medicine making experience in private practice in Vancouver, BC. She enjoys providing usable tools for optimal health through inspiration and education. She is the author of the “Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies” (August 2016) and current president of the Canadian Herbalist’s Association of British Columbia. She is a clinic supervisor at Dominion Herbal College and adjunct faculty at Boucher Naturopathic College and offers seminars to the general public. Visit www.katolenyardley.com for more information or join our Facebook page to stay informed of upcoming classes: Katolen Yardley, Medical Herbalist.

Date and Time

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm (2 hours)

Location

UBC Farm

3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver BC

Cost

$29 ($25 student pricing) + GST

REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP

BASICS OF HERBAL MEDICINE PART 1

About this Workshop

Join us for an experiential and informative talk on incorporating herbal medicine into your lifestyle. This talk offers gems for new and seasoned herbalists alike! We will discuss some back-to-nature home remedies and effective herbal medicines (including kitchen vegetables, spices, well known herbal medicines and wild plants) for common family health issues and ways of using herbal medicines in your home for common first aid, topical application and medicinal use. There will be an opportunity to ‘sample the flavours’ of some gentle herbs during this talk (so bring a spoon and drinking mug!). Copies of The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies will be available for purchase.

About the Instructor

Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) is a medical herbalist and nature knower with over 20 years of clinical and herbal medicine making experience in private practice in Vancouver, BC. She enjoys providing usable tools for optimal health through inspiration and education. She is the author of the “Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies” (August 2016) and current president of the Canadian Herbalist’s Association of British Columbia. She is a clinic supervisor at Dominion Herbal College and adjunct faculty at Boucher Naturopathic College and offers seminars to the general public. Visit www.katolenyardley.com for more information.

Date and Time

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm (2 hours)

Location: UBC Farm: 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver BC

Cost: $29 ($25 student pricing) + GST

REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP

Herbal Medicine in Galway, Ireland

Galway in Irish is known as Gaillimhe in Gaelic, the city of tribes, where Celtic tribes would once gather. Situated on the windy Atlantic coast of Ireland.

Galway side street


The colorful houses comprise a part of Galway called The Long Walk or Claddagh Quay – a rope shop, the grey stone building was where both men and women would walk up and down the narrow path making rope.

In Galway there is one herb shop and apothecary, owned by herbalist and medical doctor, Dr. Dilis Clare Apothecary, selling herbal blends, teas and tinctures. This particular weekend herbalists gathered at her shop to discuss educational training and the future of herbal medicine.

A short stroll away in central Galway is the shop and tasting room, American Village Apothecary, owned by herbalist and mixologist Clare Davey.

Clare Davey of America Village Apothecary

Clare specialises in herbal cocktails, bitters, medicinal syrups and other colorful beverages. On the wall is a Birgids cross, traditionally made the beginning of each February, intended to welcome in the upcoming spring and impart protection in the home.




Wicklow Mountains and the Monastic Ancient City of Glendalough

Stunning Irish Countryside – Wicklow Mountains

Heading into the Wicklow Mountains the spectacular colors, brooks and lakes surprised at every turn.

Set in the stunning beauty of the Wicklow Mountains, the medieval, monastic Glendalough ruins were founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. 

Glendalough Monastery

Babbling brooks, colorful back ground of trees and mist and a feeling of serenity enveloped me as I walked over the bridge and through the double arched entrance- which signified the transition onto a sacred site.

What I was most fascinated with was the images – visible upon downloading the photos – so many orbs… and now I am super curious about the origins of them. Not a day for reflected light- as it was a dark drizzly afternoon.

Natural Cosmetic Making with Herbal Medicine: November Class

Create natural and clean body care products for yourself or your family as fun seasonal gifts! Join Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) – Medical Herbalist for an informative hands-on workshop where you will learn about herbs for skin care and create chemical free recipes the whole family will enjoy. During this workshop you will create and take home a rich natural calendula cream, a facial exfoliant, and lavender body scrub.

Schedule: Saturday, November 24, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM VanDusen Guides Classroom

Location: VanDusen Guides Classroom | 5251 Oak St, Vancouver, BC, V6M 4H1

Cost:  $ 60 Click here to register!

 

Enhance your Food with Herbal Powders

Discover the nutritional and healing benefits of herbs into your diet with herbal powders – finely milled plant material such as leaves, bark, flowers and berries. Learn how to incorporate them into daily meals for your family with delicious recipes! Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) will discuss the benefits of various herbal powders and where you can purchase them. Together we’ll create and sample Herbal Energy Power Balls, Herbal Immune Enhancing Hummus, and Delicious Herbal Fudge Dessert.

Start date: Saturday, April 21 2018.

Schedule: On Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM VanDusen Guides Classroom

Cost: $ 40 ~ Click here to register:

Location: VanDusen  Botanical Gardens Classroom | 5251 Oak St, Vancouver, BC, V6M 4H1