Fermented Swedish Turnips (Rutabaga)
I did this recipe in a 68oz pickle jar but you can adjust proportions if you like.
Fermenting lids and weights are helpful but you can do this with stainless steel, plastic lids or a swing top like this one as it allows air out but not in. In place of a weight you will need a sanitized jar small enough to insert on top of the turnips. I like to pour a bit of avocado or extra virgin olive oil around the top to keep bacteria from getting in. Another trick is to fill a clean ziplock back with water and stuff it in. You’ll want to set it on a plate as it will leak fluids in this case.
- 5-6 Rutabegas, washed and spiralized or diced (about 8 cups)
- 1/2-1 tsp whole cloves
- 2 Tablespoons kosher salt, sea salt or pink salt
- a few peppercorns (leave out if on strict AIP)
- a couple 1 liter swing top glass canning jars or a 68oz pickle jar, sanitized
- Fermenting weight or small jar, sanitized
- Make sure all your tools are clean and washed with hot soapy water and rinsed.
- You can sanitize your jars in the dishwasher but I tend to put mine in the oven. I set it to 180°F and place my jars and weights on a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat to prevent slipping. I leave them in at that temperature for 2-5 minutes while I’m prepping the veg.
- Remove leaves and “tail” with a clean knife.
- You can use a mandolin or a sharp chef’s knife and slice the turnips thinly and evenly or dice them into cubes. I used a spiralizer for this batch.
- Fill your sanitized jar with washed, unpeeled and prepped turnips.
- Leave 2″ room at the top for placing the fermenting weight… and you’ll still want 1″ room to prevent overflow, but the clip top will prevent explosions.
- Add 2 tablespoon pink salt or sea salt to the top and fill with warm non-chlorinated water. Insert sanitized jar or weight to keep vegetables submerged. Close lid.
- If you do not have fermenting or swing lids, set the lid loosely and cover with a towel to keep bacteria out. Wait 3-7 days, depending on your taste.