Now that we’re all stuffed to the brim from Thanksgiving, how about a little digestive support with a nice vegetable ferment, eh? I know I could use this right about now.
This recipe comes from page 95 of Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats by Sally Fallon.
Your first veggie ferment!
If you haven’t yet delved into the weird world of veggie ferments, Sally says this carrot recipe is just the right place to start.
“These are the best introduction to lacto-fermented vegetables we know; the taste is delicious; and the sweetness of the carrots neutralizes the acidity that some people find disagreeable when they are first introduced to lacto-fermented vegetables.” NT page 95
- 4 cups grated carrots tightly packed
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- 4 tablespoons whey (page 87 of NT), if not available, use an additional 1 tablespoon salt
First, I grated up a very large carrot. I only had the one and it filled up my pint jar pretty nicely.
In a bowl, mix the carrots together with the grated ginger, sea salt, and whey (I usually get mine from making yogurt!).
Then, you wanna give the carrots a good beating, so that they release their juices. Sally suggests using the business end of a meat hammer, but I just grabbed a potato smasher that I had handy.
You’re looking for the juice to start to cover everything, like this:
How’d it go?
I always thought the idea of doing fermented vegetables sounded kind of intimidating — not so with these! I mean, shred some carrots, smash them down, add some salt and whey and ginger, and you’re basically done? What the heck was I waiting so long for to try this? Definitely give it a shot if you’d like to test out a nice, easy veggie ferment.
How We Liked It:
Yeah, veggie ferments do take a little getting used to. I found these carrots to be surprisingly salty — I don’t know why I wasn’t expecting that, given the tablespoon of salt in the mix! I guess they smelled so fresh and sweet, that the saltiness seemed out of place.
These fermented carrots, like most veggie ferments, have a distinctive “pickley” taste. It can be a little intense at first. I think the best way to grow a taste for them is to combine bites with other, blander tastes, like a piece of roast meat or white rice. I’m still not at the point where I enjoy just a plain bite of nothing but fermented carrots, but I’m sure I’ll get there. For now, it’s a great way to include a fermented food at lunch or dinner and help with digestion. And I feel so awesome and WAPF-y when I eat them.