Bump up the health benefits of your carrots by fermenting them. The kids won’t even know what hit them.
Keep these carrots in a visible spot of your fridge. Put the jar smack in the middle of your sight when you open the fridge door. That way you’ll be more likely to choose the carrots as a healthy snack!
Fermented Carrot Sticks
- 1 T Fine salt (iodine free – no additives)
- 2 cups chlorine free water
- Carrots (approximately 4 medium sized), washed well, cut into sticks (peeling is optional)
- 1 inch ginger, cut into rounds (optional)
- Other optional ingredients include garlic, onion, dill, turmeric, or jalapeños (pick one of the optional ingredients.
- Make the brine. Combine the water and salt. Stir to dissolve the salt.
- Pack the carrot sticks along with any flavorings into the jar. Pack them in tight. Allow about an inch of space between the top of the carrots and the top of the jar.
- Pour the brine over the carrots.
- Place a weight on top of the sticks, if you have one. You can use a plastic ziplock filled with water as a weight.
- Place an airlock on the top of the jar. If you don’t have an airlock, you can put the mason jar lid back on the jar and just burp (loosen) the lid once a day to release any built up gases.
- Allow to ferment on the counter for 5-7 days. Start tasting after 4-5 days and when the carrots taste good to you, they can go in the fridge.