An easy guide on veggie fermentation!
We're big fans of fermentation over here, and we want to spread the knowledge and love! Fermenting your own vegetables might sound intimidating, but it's actually super easy and incredibly versatile. Now, enough jibber-jabber, let's dive in!
Mason Jar - 24oz or larger
1 1/2 Tablespoons Coarse Sea Salt
Spices & Herbs (optional, but we recommend coriander and peppercorn!)
1. Stir together 2 cups of water and 1 1/2 tablespoons of coarse sea salt until dissolved. Cut up a veggie of your choice, trying to keep them all roughly the same size.
2. Place vegetables and any spices/herbs you're using in the mason jar right up to the bottom of the neck, there should be about 1 inch of space to the top.
3. Fold a small cabbage leaf and press it down on top of the vegetables so that it keeps the vegetables submerged in the salt water. This isn't necessary, but helps make sure the vegetables are submerged. Feel free to skip this step if you don't have cabbage on hand.
4. Close the lid on the jar tightly and place the jars out of direct sunlight in a relatively moderate temperature (68-75 degrees).
You will start to see some bubbling around day 2 or so. After day 2, over a sink (in case it leaks/drips), gently loosen the lids to let some of the gas escape once or twice a day.
5. The vegetables are ready anywhere from day 4-10. The longer they sit, the more tangy they'll be. Taste them starting on day 4 to figure out your preference. I like them best around day 5 or 6. Once you decide they're the level of sourness you're looking for, place the the jar in the refrigerator where it will keep for a couple of months (not that they'll last that long!)
There you go! Now you have some delicious tangy vegetables to spice up your summer salads and maintain a happy gut!
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