Fermented Vegetabels Recipes (2024)

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These easy fermented vegetable recipes are the ideal probiotic-rich companion for any meal and are easy to make at home. All you need is water, salt, and vegetables.

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When I lived in Romania, my family shopped at the local farmers market and ate seasonally. There was really no choice as it was that or starve. We didn't have well-stocked grocery stores so we had to be prepared. In anticipation of cold, long winters, my grandparents would ferment large quantities of vegetables that were not available in the winter. Little did I know just how beneficial fermented vegetables were.

Why eat fermented vegetables

Our Western diet has done a number on gut flora and our digestive system as many of us are eating foods our body simply does not know how to assimilate and has a difficult time digesting. But I'm a firm believer that by eating fermented foods daily we can rebuild our healthy guts. This is in turn helps with food absorption, improved digestion, and overall health. After all, if our gut isn鈥檛 healthy, then every other system in the body will be affected.

Fermented vegetables provide natural probiotics

I鈥檓 a proponent of supplementation but I鈥檓 also a firm believer that we can get everything we need from food. And one of the best ways to populate and heal our guts is through consuming probiotic-rich fermented foods daily. It is a cheaper and healthier alternative to taking a pill every day.

How to make fermented vegetables

In order to demystify fermenting, I wanted to share some very basic recipes I frequently make. The easiest way to start is by using brine and cut up vegetables.

To make the brine, all you need is a quart of room temperature water and 2-3 tablespoon of fine sea salt. I prefer using fine salt as it dissolves quicker. Once the salt and water are combined, your brine is ready.

Feel free to add the seasoning of your choice. I prefer dill and garlic.

Step 1. Prior to starting the fermentation process, I recommend putting your jars and lids into a large pot of water and boiling them for at least 10 minutes. You can do this while you make your brine and the jars and brine can cool at the same time.

Step 2. To prepare the brine, combine warm water and salt and set aside to cool.

Step 3. Slice garlic cloves and add to jars along with as much fresh dill as you want.

Step 4. Slice radishes and cut carrots and pickles to be slightly shorter than the jar. Tightly pack each into jars, as many as can fit. Pour the cooled brine and fill all the way to the top ensuring that vegetables are covered completely.

Step 5. Twist on the lid and let ferment at room temperature for 7-14 days. Keep away from an area with temperature fluctuations such as a stove. If you have leftover brine, store it in the refrigerator and used at a later point.

Preparing your jars before fermenting

I like throwing my jars and lids in a pot of boiling water to ensure the jars are clean and your vegetables ferment properly. Sometimes soap and water don鈥檛 do the trick of removing whatever occupied the jars previously, so it鈥檚 an added step in ensuring you start with the cleanest possible jars, in order for the saltwater to do its magic on the vegetables.

How long does it take to ferment vegetables?

I can be quite impatient and have opened carrots at about day 8-10. Ideally, I like to give them about 14 days but they鈥檒l be quite delicious if you鈥檙e as impatient as I am! Once open, store the fermented vegetables in the refrigerator.

Can you use different vegetables?

When it comes to fermented vegetables recipes, the options are limitless. There are no rules really but some vegetables may not need to rest in brine as they can produce water on their own. One example is sauerkraut. Here is a simple recipe for making your own sauerkraut.

Best vegetables for fermenting

  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Radishes
  • Green beans
  • Bell peppers
  • Cauliflower
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Turnips
  • Rutabaga

So here are three basic fermented vegetable recipes to get you started! They鈥檙e as much fun to make as they are to eat! If you want to make a batch of mixed vegetables, try this fermented vegetable medley.

Where can you find jars for fermenting vegetables?

You can find fermenting jars in most kitchen supply stores and sometimes even in supermarkets. I get mine online here. You can use whatever size jar you prefer. I prefer pint-size jars as those seem to work out best and are easily stored in the refrigerator once opened.

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Yield: 6-8 (12oz) jars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Additional Time: 8 days

Total Time: 8 days 15 minutes

Fermented vegetables are the ideal companion to any meal. They are loaded with probiotics, can improve digestion and incredibly easy to make at home. All you need is water, salt, vegetables and time!

Ingredients

  • 1-2 lbs organic carrots cut into sticks
  • 1 bag organic radishes, sliced
  • 6-8 organic pickling cucumbers
  • 1 quart filtered water
  • 2-3 tablespoons fine sea salt
  • 2-3 sliced cloves garlic (or more)
  • a few sprigs fresh dill

Instructions

  1. Prior to starting the fermentation process, I recommend putting your jars and lids into a large pot of water and boiling them for at least 10 minutes. You can do this while you make your brine and the jars and brine can cool at the same time.
  2. To prepare brine, combine warm water and salt and set aside to cool.
  3. Slice garlic cloves and add to jars along with as much fresh dill as you want.
  4. Slice radishes and cut carrots and pickles to be slightly shorter than the jar. Tightly pack each into jars, as many as can fit. Pour the cooled brine and fill all the way to the top ensuring that vegetables are covered completely.
  5. Twist on the lid and let ferment at room temperature for 7-14 days. Keep away from an area with temperature fluctuations such as a stove. If you have leftover brine, store it in the refrigerator and used at a later point.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 24Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 15Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 817mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g

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