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Naturally Fermented Carrot Sticks

Cultures for Health
Makes: 2 Quarts


Carrot sticks in blue bowl on straw mat


Fermented carrot sticks are a great crunchy fermented snack and an easy introduction to fermented foods for kids. Prepared according to this recipe, they are fairly mild in flavor. Later, add some garlic cloves and peppercorns for a little extra kick, if you prefer.



1 quart water
1-3 tablespoons sea salt
2-3 pounds carrots, cut into sticks

Cooking Method

Dissolve salt in water.
Place the carrot sticks in the jar and pour the liquid over the carrots, leaving 1-2 inches headspace.
If necessary, weigh the carrots down under the brine to keep them submerged.
Cover the jar with a tight lid, airlock lid, or coffee filter secured with a rubber band.
Culture at room temperature (60-70F is preferred) until desired flavor and texture are achieved. If using a tight lid, burp daily to release excess pressure.
Once the carrots are finished, put a tight lid on the jar and move to cold storage. The flavor will continue to develop as the carrots age.

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