I have learned that fermenting nuts means that I can have more of them. This is probably because the good bacteria in the culture starters I use helps to break down the nuts, However, I still try to keep them varied and in small amounts for balance.
- 2 cups organic raw pine nuts
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 body ecology starter or 1/4 cup already fermented coconut kefir (or cultured veggie brine)
- (in a pinch, I have also fermented with digestive enzymes instead of a culture starter)
- herbs like dill, chives, marjoram (or whatever you like)
- Sterile glass jar
- Strainer (like a metal strainer with handle)
- Cheese cloth
- Bowl and plate
- Good blender
Blend 2 cups of pine nuts in your Vitamix or high speed blender(you do not have to soak these) with enough water to make a creamy consistency in . Add juice of 1 lemon. Scoop into sterile jar. Ferment over night using 1/4 cup coconut kefir or other fermented liquid or 2 digestive enzymes.
Close the jar and allow to ferment for about 12 hours. Remember that the friendly bacteria eat sugar, so foods like this ferment quickly, and the bacteria will die if there is no more sugar to feed them. If you wanted to ferment it longer you could add some inulin (chicory fiber) to feed the bacteria… but I have never done it that way.
After 12 hours, remove cheese from jar and place in cheesecloth. Lay the cheesecloth in strainer, and place the strainer over a bowl in the refrigerator. The liquid will drain into the bowl and make a thicker cheese. Cover the bowl with a glass plate (to keep it as sealed as possible)
You can then add herbs and sea salt to your cheese for a delicious dip, spread or addition to your soup, salad or any other meal.
You can even dehydrate this on raw crackers and make cheese crackers.
(You can skip the cheesecloth step if you like. The cheese will still be delicious, but softer).
P.S. Lots of children on the “autism spectrum” have food allergies because they do not have the bacterial digestive make-up to break down some of the proteins and sugars. Nuts are a big trigger for many of our kids. We never had a problem with fermented pine nuts in moderation. Then again, pine nuts are not really nuts.
If your child is allergic to nuts, depending on the severity — you may be able to reverse the allergy by repairing the gut. And, if you still want to try this cheese recipe you can replace the pine nuts with sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds or a combo of them.