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 recoil. 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 benefits my gut.
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.
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!
The Second Flavor I Tried
Now that I was over the initial fear of trying Gut Shot, I wanted to give another flavor a shot. I tried the Ginger Beet. I am not the world’s biggest beet fan. I like them shredded raw and on top of a salad where you don’t get much of the flavor. This was more beet than I was use to. My wife is even less tolerant of beets, so she was having no part of this one. I would buy it again to change things up, but the Garlic Dill Pickle is really where it is at.
Why Is the Store Out of My Favorite Flavor
We all experience heading to the store for a favorite and see that it not the shelf. What gives? There is a couple things to factor in. If a sale is going on, the product can move faster and the more popular flavors can be sold out and the store may take some time to re-order. Some retailers chose not to carry the entire line. It is up to each store’s discretion. I contact Farmhouse Culture and they said give this product request form to the store’s grocery manager or buyer.
Are There Any New Gut Shot Flavors Coming Out?
Right now there is nothign new in development. Farmhouse does have some other products that are coming out that they will be annoucing in the next couple months. Follow them on social media (facebook) and (twitter)
What flavors have you tried? Leave a comment below with your thoughts!