So you have some carrots do ya. And you want to ferment them do ya. Let’s do this thing yo! Fermentation doesn’t always have to be about making sauerkraut, the sky’s the limit when making fermented foods. Whatever your favorite vegetable is, you can ferment it to give it a ton more health benefits. Or if you harvest to much from your garden and can’t think of what to do with it, ferment it up, yo! We are going to talk about fermentation using a brine rather than only salt.
When do you use brine?
When you have a vegetable that does not allow liquid to be withdrawn easily. For example, cabbage, when you put salt on cabbage and massage it, you are able to pull liquid out by just doing that simple act. Now, unless you want to shred your carrots, you can’t just put salt on a whole carrot and get liquid to come out. So you’ll need to make a brine to create the liquid.
Things you’ll need:
1 quart Filtered water
2-3 pounds of Carrots
Optional: Lemon, peppercorns, garlic, dill, rosemary….
Glass jar (Quart size mason jars work beautifully)
Fancy lid or plastic lid or coffee filter
Fancy weight or plastic baggy filled with brine
Whatcha want to do is…
- Wash and peel your carrots. Slice them to whatever size tickles your fancy. I did quarters.
- In a pot dissolve salt in filtered water.
- Place your carrots in glass jar and cover with liquid. Be sure to leave some head space for your weight.
- Now either you can add your additional flavors now or wait until after the fermentation process is done and add them before you place in fridge.
- Place weight on top of carrots. ***If you’re not using a fancy weight don’t worry, just fill a baggy with some brine and place baggy on top of carrots. This will help keep everything down and if the baggy happens to have a hole or breaks, it has the same brine as the carrots so your fermentation is not ruined.
***Remember, your vegetables MUST stay below liquid. The liquid creates the anaerobic environment (free of oxygen) that allows good bacteria to form and prohibits bad from growing. BUT if your vegetable mass reaches air, mold can grow.
- Place fancy lid on or which ever lid you choose and place in cabinet for about 7-14 days. Like sauerkraut, taste test it after 5 days or so. Find your ferment. If it is too salty, let it ferment longer. The longer it sits the more sour it gets. Plus the more health benefits it will have.
Enjoy whenever! Adding some form of fermented food to every meal you consume, is the most effective way to get the health benefits.
Let’s ferment the world homies!
If you are following from our last post on making sauerkraut, I can’t wait to hear how your sauerkraut came out. Leave a comment below. Let’s make this process loud and loved. I want to hear your questions, comments, thoughts even recipe ideas.
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