I decided to turn some carrots from the CSA into ginger pickled carrots. I used all of the following ingredients:
Enough carrots to fill the jar
A knob of ginger
One cinnamon stick (broken into pieces)
4 to 5 cloves
4 to 6 allspice berries
A tablespoon of honey Water to cover
1) Tare the scale to not include the jar.
2) Fill the jar with everything but the salt.
3) Weigh the jar to get the combined weight of the solids and liquid.
4) Pour the water into a second jar.
5) Multiply the weight based on the percentage you prefer. 2 to 3% is ideal. I used 2.5% for mine. IE: weight × .025
6) Seal the water and salt jar, shaking until fully dissolved.
7) Pour the brine into the jar of solids and add a weight to prevent floating.
8) Store between 60 and 70 degrees F for a minimum of 4 days, checking regularly. Allow to ferment up to 4 weeks depending on your preference, then transfer to a refrigerator to greatly reduce the fermentation rate. (I'm aiming for 7 to 10 days)
I decided to add the honey last minute for the slight taste benefit. Ignore the plastic wrap. That's just to avoid spilling as I move it to storage.
I have a glut of chillies at the moment. Every year brine ferment a large jar or two which then is used as the base of a ‘live’ chilli sauce.
I use a very simple recipe
1) Chop veg to desired size and record the weight
2) Pack into 1 quart jar with a pestle
3) Weigh a beaker of water
4) Pour water into jar full of veg
5) Weigh beaker with remaining water
6) Calculate weight of water in the jar
7) Add the wight of water to veg and multiply by 0.025 to give me the weight of required salt
8) Empty the beaker
9) Pour water from the veg jar into the beaker and add the required weight of salt
10) Stir the water until the salt dissolves and pour back into the veg jar
11) Add a weight to the veg and seal the jar with a breathable lid
12) Write a label and store somewhere cool and dark - my basement
I made beet kvass! The traditional beverage of my people. :D
Here's the recipe (adapted from https://www.healendo.com/fermentedbeverages):
1. Scrub and chop up some organic beets.
2. Put beets, 1 T. sea salt, and 1 c. whey in a 2-quart glass jar (I actually used a glass milk jug).
3. Fill up the jar the rest of the way with filtered water.
4. Cover the jar with cheesecloth (use a rubber band).
5. Leave it on a shelf in the pantry to ferment.
I missed harvesting a bunch of broccoli which went on to flower and make seeds. The seed-pods taste good as long as they don’t get too thick, and thus fiberous, so I harvested them. They seem like they’ll make a good veggie/condiment, so I also put them in brine to ferment. They got a handful of cayenne peppers, a cinnamon stick, a bay leaf, and a bulb of garlic for flavor. There is a half-pint jar in the mouth of the half-gallon jar to help raise the brine and lower the produce but it didn’t work perfectly. The lid is just barely on to keep the insert pushed down, allowing limited gas exchange. I’ll taste it in five or twenty weeks.