Ginger Fermented Carrots

Naturally fermented vegetables are rich in beneficial gut bacteria to aid the digestive process, boost immunity, manage blood sugar and reduce inflammation. They also contain added nutrients which as easily absorbed by the body such as B-vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids and enzymes that develop from the fermentation process. Anxiety, depression and stress can all benefit from consumption of fermented foods.  

Makes one quart

Adapted from: Kelly Liston and Tamara Mannelly of Oh Lardy

Ingredients

  • 5-7 carrots, peeled and cut into sticks (pack as many into the jar as you can without damaging them)
  • ½ t Culture Starter (from BodyEcology.com)
  • 1 T Celtic or Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 to 1 1/2 inch ginger root, peeled and sliced thinly
  • Filtered water

Other Items

  • Wide-mouth Quart-size Fido or Ball mason jar
  • 1 Horseradish or Cabbage leaf
  • Crock Rocks available on Amazon (optional)
  • “Burpable” top like the Homesteader’s Pickle Pro lids available on Amazon (optional)

Instructions

  1. Wash, peel and slice the carrots
  2. Put carrots in a clean (not sanitized) quart-size mason jar. 
  3. Add ginger
  4. Add about 1 teaspoon of sea salt.
  5. Add ½ tsp culture starter
  6. Fill with filtered water, leaving about 1 ½ inches headspace. Gently shake to blend.
  7. Press down to ensure food is below brine. Use a cabbage leaf or weight if necessary.
  8. Tighten lid and leave at room temp. Place on a plate in case of spillover. 
  9. Burp daily if possible, noticing bubbles forming. Skim off any white mold if it appears. 
  10. After 5-7 days, taste to see if it is to your liking.
  11. Transfer to refrigerator. This will significantly slow down the fermentation process, and the product can be enjoyed. The flavors will continue to develop over time, even while refrigerated. Keep for 6 months.

Enjoy!

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Amy Jackson Rind

Amy Rind works with busy women to reclaim their lives from the health burdens of stress, aging and fatigue. With practical, real food changes to your diet and lifestyle, you can truly begin to nourish your mind, body and spirit. Journey into healing by identifying your unique nutrition needs that will help you and your family feel better, think better and create the life you were meant to live.

Amy earned her 700-hour nutrition consultant certification with honors from Bauman College. She also holds a B.A. in Psychology from the College of the Holy Cross.