Fermented Foods For Kids: A New Guide with Kid-Friendly Recipes

Fermented Foods and Drinks

If you need more kid-friendly fermented foods ideas, check out this new home fermentation guide that includes lots of fermented foods for kids.

As a Nutritional Therapist I love teaching my clients how to make their own fermented foods at home.  I do live demos for my group classes, personal in-home demos and I share lots of video demos here on my blog.

And I always share my favorite books, blogs and videos to help my clients continue learning on their own.  There’s so many great resources out there.

But one of the more common concerns I hear is that few of these resources emphasize fermented foods for kids.

Parents are always complaining to me that their kids HATE fermented foods and they wish they could find more kid-friendly recipes.

Well, I now have a solution to that problem!

My New Favorite Fermentation Resource

If you need more kid-friendly fermented foods ideas, check out this new home fermentation guide that includes lots of fermented foods for kids.

This e-book, written by Tamara Mannelly and Kelly Liston of Oh Lardy! is full of great information on the basics of home fermentation.

Now it’s not 100% about fermented food for kids.  It’s actually meant for adults who are new to home fermentation. However, Tamara and Kelly are both mothers to young children and know firsthand the challenges of feeding kids fermented foods. So it doubles as a resource for parents who want to learn the basics but also get their kids eating fermented foods with lots of kid-friendly recipes.

And what I love is that it’s SO SIMPLE.  It doesn’t try to give you every recipe under the sun from every ethnic cuisine on the planet.  Rather, Tamara and Kelly get you comfortable with getting started and share some common recipes with common ingredients such as carrots, cucumbers, garlic, beets and tomatoes, and common fruits like berries, peaches, oranges and apples.

Here are some more reasons I love this new e-book:

  • The recipes are VERY straight forward and easy to follow.
  • It’s photo-friendly.  Kelly is a photographer and took all the pics herself.
  • Love sauerkraut?  Don’t love sauerkraut? Doesn’t matter.  With an entire chapter on sauerkraut that includes some simple variations, you’re sure to find a recipe you like.
  • You’ll learn to ferment fruit and fruit juice (fermented foods kids will surely love). Very few resources include detailed info on this!
  • No more highly processed, GMO-laden Heinz ketchup and Hellman’s mayo! There’s an entire chapter on fermenting condiments like mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard and salsa.
  • Fermented salad dressings!  You’ll learn a few basic vinaigrettes that are  also a lot healthier than store-bought versions.
Click here to learn more about Oh Lardy’s Guide to Fermenting Fruits and Vegetables

The #1 Reason I Love This E-book: Fermented Foods for Kids

But as I’ve said, the #1 reason I love this book is that it’s kid-friendly!  It’s almost impossible to find a book on home fermentation that includes lots of fermented foods for kids too.  And trust me, I’ve read them all.

So if you have kids, this book is an absolute MUST HAVE.  Even if they dislike fermented foods, as most kids do, this book contains recipes that almost any kid will enjoy.

Check out some of these kid-friendly recipes:

  • Fermented orange juice
  • Fermented apple juice
  • Fermented lemonade
  • Fermented berries
  • Fermented orange jello
  • Fermented fruit leather

Generally speaking, fermented fruits are much more palatable to kids than vegetables, as they don’t have as intense a flavor.  So you might be asking, “How do you ferment orange juice?”

Well I’m glad you asked!  Tamara and Kelly have generously agreed to let me share their recipe with you!

How to Make Fermented Orange Juice

If you need more kid-friendly fermented foods ideas, check out this new home fermentation guide that includes lots of fermented foods for kids.

Photo credit: Kelly Liston

Fermented Orange Juice Recipe

Simply add a starter culture to orange juice and within a few days you'll have fermented orange juice!

Course Drinks
Cuisine Any
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 quart
Author Craig Fear


  • 2 1/2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp culture starter or whey
  • 1 cup room temperature filtered water
  • Pinch sea salt


  1. Fill 1 quart mason jar with orange juice, starter/whey and salt.

  2. Add water until you have at least 1.5 inches head space.

  3. Tighten lid and leave at room temperature for 12-36 hours. Loosen lid (also called "burping") once per day to allow the gasses to escape.

  4. It is ready when it becomes carbonated and fizzy.

  5. Refrigerate and drink within one month.


Isn’t that easy? In fact, your kids will barely even know it’s fermented.  This is such a great way to get those gut-health-promoting probiotics into your kids at a young age.

Save 30% on Oh Lardy’s Guide to Fermenting Fruits and Vegetables

Best of all, Tamara and Kelly are giving all you Fearless Eating readers a special discount code to save 30%!

How cool is that?

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If you need more kid-friendly fermented foods ideas, check out this new home fermentation guide that includes lots of fermented foods for kids.

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About the Author

Craig Fear is the creator of Fearless Eating and the author of three books, The 30-Day Heartburn Solution, Fearless Broths and Soups and The Thai Soup Secret. After years helping clients with digestive issues, Craig decided to pursue writing full-time. He intends to write many more books on broths and soups from around the world! Click here to learn more about Craig.

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