It’s been a busy, mind numbing season. I’ve been experimenting with grain free treats and have several of my favorite recipes in edit mode. Last week though, my laptop met with an untimely death when I was waking up with 16oz of unlidded hot hot coconut vegan bulletproof coffee (canned full fat coconut milk, a tablespoon of coconut oil and some water frothed to foaming and poured over 6 shots of stovetop espresso). My preferred way of meeting the morning. I was a little distracted with my wiggling toddler and was trying to finish up some Christmas shopping when i smacked my tall cup over, literally drowning my laptop in the stuff. I mean… I tipped it sideways and coffee was literally pouring out the ports. 🤦🏻♀️😖
All that to say… it may be some time before I put up any new posts… but you can follow my creations on Instagram @culturedbite and I’ll do my best to share! Ah… mom life.
Most people know these as those pickled carrots you can sometimes get in really authentic Mexican restaurants. And “pickled” is appropriate, or at least used to be an appropriate term for fermenting carrots. These days pickling often refers to a method of preserving vegetables in vinegar… or even sugar (gasp!). But before the Industrial Revolution, we called upon the wild yeasts to help us keep our food through winter. I prefer this method as you get a punch of good gut bacteria to aid you.
A few quart masons or a 2 Liter swing top and some fermenting lids and weights are helpful but you can do this with loosely fitted plastic lids or swing top lids and a sanitized little jar small enough to insert on top of the veg. On occasion I have used a sterile ziplock filled with water and stuffed it on top of the vegetables.
For this recipe I used a 2 liter Kilner jar and aided my ferment with some cultured juice from a friend as I was having trouble with my carrots due to some lively unidentified wild yeasts.
On salt method: below I have shown a method involving making the brine and pouring over the top. Once you get the hang of fermenting though you will be able to just add the salt to the top and pour the water over. Typically, I will use 1-2 Tablespoons of salt per quart. Some people use more… and in hot weather I find it is more effective to add a little more to keep the yeast down. You may get a slight white film on your vegetables or on the top. This is normal but somewhat unappealing. It is called Kahm’s yeast. You can scrape it off and it is not harmful like mold but I don’t know anyone really who likes the stuff. If you are having trouble with it in your ferments you could have competing wild yeasts in your home, or simply not enough salt for those particular vegetables. If you’re nervous, err on the side of caution and add a little more salt. As a principle, in the winter I will add 1-1/2 Tbsp salt per quart to carrots, and in the summer I will use 1 1/2-2 Tbsp per quart.
Enough carrots to fill a 2 liter sanitized jar or whatever jar you are using.