So how does someone start fermenting for themselves? Felicity says it's natural to feel a little fear in the beginning, "Because we’re not attached to these ancient practices anymore, we don’t have our grandmothers showing us how it's done." But she's passionate about getting other people involved. "The thing for me is the magic. This collection of flat ingredients transforming into this bubbling, hissing, fizzing, life-giving elixir," Felicity explains. "It's . . . magic!"
What should you ferment? "I’d say start with whatever you’re most interested in," advises Felicity. "Some people love doing vegetables, because they can set and forget. In terms of something easy to start with, I always love making fermented turmeric, because you can use it everywhere: in a drink, in stir-fry or added to rice."
Fermentation can seem daunting, but Felicity ensures me that once you get started, the process, and its incredible health benefits, are completely addictive.
There's an e-book on her Imbibe water kefir website that has recipes you can try, and Felicity also sells her kefir grains — the stuff you need to get your fermentation process started.