First I made Fermented Pickled Carrots, but I thought they really might be good with a little garlic added! Guess what? I was totally right! They are a huge hit!
Fermenting Carrots with Garlic and other Veggies
One of the fun things about fermenting is that you can ferment a bunch of veggies together!
Just like when I pickle vegetables in vinegar, sometimes I throw in whatever I have in the crisper drawer.
I like to mix carrots, onions, and celery together. Sometimes I add a little garlic to the mix.
You can also just simply pickle carrots in a salt brine by themselves. You don’t have to mix veggies, you can ferment or pickle them by themselves and they are just as delicious!
When pairing veggies to ferment or make vinegar pickles, it’s a good idea to separate soft and hard veggies for the most part. Thicker, hard veggies take longer to absorb the brine or vinegar. So softer veggies will pickle much more quickly.
Some of the softer veggies tend to go bad more quickly. Like bell peppers or tomatoes. Onions are soft but they tend to hold up well, so sometimes I add those to a mixed veggie concoction.
Fermenting Tools You’ll Need
- Mason Jars or a Crock – I like using a wide range of sizes. I typically always use wide mouth though. I love my 1/2 gallon mason jars for fermenting.
- Airlocks – If you don’t allow gas to escape automatically through a contraption like an airlock, pickle pipes, cheesecloth, etc… You’ll have to burb them manually. Plus, you’ll run the risk of a ferment blowing up under the pressure of gas buildup.
- Salt – I always use extra-fine Himalayan sea salt in my ferments. It dissolves easily and is perfect for making a brine.
- Wooden Tamper – Ferments like sauerkraut, kimchi may require to tamp the food into the jar and under the brine.
- Glass Weights – Some ferments need to be weighed down and kept under the brine.
- Fermenting Kits – There are several fermenting kits where you can get just about everything you need. However, they don’t usually include the vessels, such as a mason jar or crock.
Ferment Carrots With Garlic Using a Fermenting Kit
Fermented Carrots with Garlic Recipe:
Fermented Carrots with Garlic Recipe:
- 2.5 cups Carrots (quartered and cut long ways)
- 2 % Brine
- 2-4 cloves garlic (peeled)
- 1/4 tsp Pickling spices *optional
- 4 cups Filtered water
- Make a 2% brine using the water and the salt. In a measuring cup pour in the water, mix in the salt until dissolved.
- Place carrots and garlic in wide mouth jars.
- Pour the brine over the carrots and garlic.
- You could add pickling spice if you like, or add nothing. They are tasty either way!
- Place glass weights on top of the carrots.
- Add the lid and an air lock.
- Ferment for 4-5 days. Then place a regular lid on the mason jar and refrigerate.
Testing The Final Results
I like to taste test my ferments to determine when they are done. With carrots, I will taste them on days 3, 4, and 5. Just to be sure they’ve come to a nice level of fermentation.
Basically, I place them in the fridge when they taste good to me.
When you do your taste testing, make sure you use a non-reactive utensil, like wood, a quality stainless steel is good too. Cheap plastic or metal can react with the ferment, and make it null and void.
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