Q: What are fermented foods and drinks?
A: Fermented foods and drinks have undergone the process of fermentation, which is the breakdown of sugars and starches by beneficial microorganisms such as bacteria and yeast. This process creates lactic acid, alcohol, or other by-products that preserve the food and give it a distinct flavour and texture. The fermentation process increases the number of beneficial microorganisms, also known as probiotics, which can have positive effects on the gut microbiome and overall health.
At Zambur Ferments we specializes in creating a wide range of fermented foods and drinks, all vegan, gluten-free. These fermented foods and drinks are made with traditional fermentation methods and locally sourced ingredients, ensuring high quality and safety standards.
Q: Does the kombucha at Zambur Ferments contain alcohol?
A: Kombucha is a fermented drink made from tea, sugar, and a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY). During the fermentation process, the yeast consumes the sugar and produces alcohol as a by-product. However, alcohol is then metabolized by other bacteria into acetic acid and other beneficial organic acids such as Lactic acid. The alcohol content in kombucha can vary, but it is usually less than 0.5% alcohol by volume (ABV). Zambur Ferments kombucha is produced with a strict control of fermentation process to keep the alcohol content within legal limits for a non-alcoholic beverage.
Q: Is kombucha safe for people who do not consume alcohol?
A: Kombucha that contains less than 0.5% ABV is considered non-alcoholic and is generally considered safe for people who do not consume alcohol.
Q: Can pregnant or breastfeeding women drink kombucha?
A: Pregnant and breastfeeding women should consult with their healthcare professional before consuming any fermented foods or drinks, including kombucha.
Q: What are the benefits of eating fermented foods?
A: Fermented foods offer potential health benefits such as improved gut health, boosted immune system, improved mental health, better nutrient absorption, and reduced inflammation.
Q: How can I incorporate fermented foods into my diet?
A: Fermented foods can be added to your diet in many ways: as a condiment, snack, in soups and stews, salad dressings, marinades and smoothies. Start with small amounts and gradually increase to see how the body reacts.
Q: Is it safe to consume fermented food and drinks?
A: As long as they are produced in a clean environment and under safe conditions, fermented foods and drinks are safe to consume. It is always recommended to check the expiration date and storage instructions before consuming any fermented product. Some individuals may have a sensitivity to fermented foods or drinks, and it is recommended to start with small amounts and gradually increase to see how the body reacts. It's always a good idea to consult a healthcare professional if you have any concerns.
Q: Can fermented foods and drinks be consumed by people with dietary restrictions?
A: Many fermented foods and drinks are gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan, making them suitable for people with dietary restrictions. Always check the ingredients label to be sure.
Q: How should I store your products?
Fermented foods and drinks should be stored in the refrigerator to maintain their freshness and best taste. It is important to note that our products are still alive, meaning that fermentation process continues even after they have been packaged and sold. Keeping them refrigerated slows down the fermentation process and helps to preserve their taste and texture. Fermented foods, like sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles, etc, usually have a shelf life of about 6 months, but once opened should be consumed within a month. It's important to pay attention to the expiration date and any signs of spoilage such as mould or off-odours. If you notice any of these signs, it's best to discard the product.
Q: Do you ship internationally?
A: Currently we only ship within the UK, but we are working on expanding our shipping options in the future.