Farmhouse Gut Shots

Have you ever seen an item at the grocery store that you thought there would be no way that thing would ever end up in your cart? Looking at said product makes you recoile. No how, no way am I buying that. Yet somehow, someway it finds it’s way into your shopping cart? I have had those experiences in the past (example: asparagus, brussels sprouts) and I just had one of those experiences again today. At my local Whole Foods market, I have been noticing these gut shots from Farmhouse Culture. The company is known for their sauerkraut and kimchi. I also think they have really lively packaging – with vivid colors and bold & easy to read words in an attractive font. It was practically jumping off the shelf – big props to their marketing guy (or girl).

What Am I Doing?
Back to the point, I thought I would never try this stuff. I am not a “kraut fan” to begin with. So why am I even talking about this right now? I am in the midst of a 3-day cleanse to help fight off excess yeast in my body that may be the root of my continual sinus troubles. During this cleanse, I am eating only vegetables. No fruit, no cheese, no meat, none of the things I love and carve. The veggies I am having are low sugar and low starch vegetables. No potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, beets, etc. Not easy to do, but good for my health. When I spotted the Farmhouse Culture Gut Shot drinks I decided this is the time to try it. The cleanse is all about improving gut health which in turn should improve my overall health. The gut shots contain natural live probiotics, just what my gut needs.

Farmhouse Gut Shots

Choosing my Flavor
They had several flavors available – Classic, Ginger Beet, Garlic Dill Pickle, and Smoked Jalapeno. For my cleanse sake I needed a flavor that didn’t have any sweet veggies in them, so I passed on the Ginger Beet. I also say the Classic has caraway in it, and I can’t stand caraway at all, I don’t even like the smell. So Garlic Dill Pickle it is – I do like pickles.

Farmhouse Gut Shots

The First Taste
When I opened the bottle I was greeted by a strong scent of garlic, cabbage, and cucumber. What the heck I am thinking – this stuff smells as bad as it sounded to me. I gave myself a pep talk, making sure a sink was nearby in case, pouring the drink into a little disposable cup and went for it. I was floored. It didn’t taste bad. No at all. In fact, it was quite good. I got the sensation of eating a dill pickle in liquid form. It sounds weird, didn’t taste weird. I can’t get over actually how good it was. The flavors were well balanced. I can’t imagine they could do a better job. My hat’s off (if I wore hats) to Farmhouse Culture – you have one surprised and satisfied customer here. It also helped out with the stomach ache I was having at the moment. Happy tongue, happy tummy, happy gut equals a happy blogger!


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  1. Elizabeth August 5, 2015, 4:50 pm

    OMG! You are spot on in your review! I too tried the pickle & garlic and LOVED it.!! I went the other day to get another bottle and they were out, so I tried the Kimche. It was a tad bit spicy but still yummy. I just called Whole Foods to see if the pickle/garlic was in and they told me to check back tomorrow. I said I was going to buy 5 bottles because I loved it so much and the clerk told me I would get a discount if I purchased 6!! Just keeps getting better! :). I would recommend this to anyone who likes pickles and/or garlic!

  2. Eric Samuelson August 5, 2015, 8:00 pm

    Thanks for the kind words! I am glad you found and are enjoying the product.

  3. Amy September 9, 2015, 2:01 pm

    I could have written your review myself! Same experience and bought it not planning to as well. Actually I did not buy it. I was asking where the fermented foods were at Whole Foods and the clerk showed me Gut Shot and gave me the “Try it on us” Sticker. I then went back a week later and bought another bottle. I LOVE the dill pickle. Perfectly described as eating a dill pickle in liquid form. But now my Whole Foods just can’t seem to keep it in stock. I tried Kimchi but its too spicy for me. This was a great find! i hope they get more. I can’t find anywhere else.

  4. Lauren Echols September 23, 2015, 6:12 pm

    I was wondering if anyone knows of another store that sells this, or if I could buy it online somewhere? My doctor in Houston recommended it, but I am now back in my small town college. AKA, no Whole Foods.

  5. Eric Samuelson September 24, 2015, 6:16 am

    I haven’t heard of any other place carrying them. Try directly contacting the company itself.

  6. Alexis April 19, 2016, 4:27 pm

    I was ready to be totally grossed out by the Gut Shot Classic but to my surprise and delight it was yummy, in a “hey this isn’t disgusting!” kind of way. As soon as I opened the bottle it smelt strongly of cabbage, which I LOVE! It’s tangy and salty but the tastes are all complimentary. I’m trying to rebuild my intestinal flora after having been prescribed a very, very strong antibiotic. Hopefully Gut Shot can help me out.

  7. Nora June 28, 2016, 6:22 pm

    Your right, I did buy the cabbage one day and
    It sat in my frig for a long time, could not bring
    My self to eat it. Then one day I did! Not bad!
    but then I discover the drink. I bought two bottles
    today. Very happy with my new discovery😃

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I'm Eric. I live in Ann Arbor, MI with my wife, 3 kids, and a flock of ducks. I love grocery shopping, trying new fruits, farmer's market, and traveling.

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