How We Like Our Fermented Vegetables

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Fermented vegetables have a frequent place at our table. We eat them in a host of different ways – from a topping to whatever it happens to be that we’re eating to incorporated in a host of tasty dishes. Given the variety of flavors you can create with fermented vegetables, they can be one of the most versatile items in your kitchen.

But they need to taste good in order to work well as an ingredient or standalone food item. Over the years I’ve found that our family has a preference for certain aspects of fermented vegetables and when these are lacking, we’re not nearly as excited about them.

Here are a few of our prerequisites and how we achieve them.

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Shannon

Shannon is a mama to four small children, homesteader, freelance writer, and picture-taker. She lives with her husband on their off-grid homestead where they make and eat kefir, kombucha, sourdough, and fermented vegetables.

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Orange-Ginger Carrot Kvass

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Most of us make kvass out of a simple desire for a healthy tonic. While many agree that these aren’t always the most delicious of beverages, we drink them anyway. But sometimes adding a bit of delicious flavor can entice us, and picky family members, to consume more of the foods that nourish us.

Such is the case with this take on kvass. A second fermentation, done much the same as with kombucha or water kefir, gives it delicious flavor and a bit of carbonation.

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Shannon

Shannon is a mama to four small children, homesteader, freelance writer, and picture-taker. She lives with her husband on their off-grid homestead where they make and eat kefir, kombucha, sourdough, and fermented vegetables.

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Kimchi French Fries & Much More

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To be totally honest, for over two years I always scarfed down entire jars of kimchi in one sitting without ever trying kimchi in a recipe. Raw kimchi straight out of the jar is still my go-to when it comes to kimchi, but I’ve been trying to expand my horizons and try it in some recipes as well…. 

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For my 7th grade Science Fair project I cultured yogurt. I received first place in my division and competed in a regional competition. My fascination with cultured foods has stuck with me ever since. Over the years I have made yogurt, fermented vegetables, sourdough, kombucha, and also love sprouting and dehydrating. In my spare time I like to knit, bike, garden, cook, and study natural medicine.

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Got Cabbage? A Kraut Recipe Roundup

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So you’ve got fourteen cabbages leftover from the harvest and you’ve already made more sauerkraut than you  care to admit. Or, maybe your local grocer has cabbage on sale for $.20/lb and if you make cabbage rolls one more time your family will revolt. Ditto more sauerkraut.

Preserving cabbage by making kraut is an excellent way to keep it for longer without killing it through canning. Also, it’s tastier, at least in my opinion. There are myriad ways in which to make kraut interesting so today I thought I’d share a rundown of some of these ideas. Ya know, in case you’ve either got cabbages coming out your ears, or you simply want something new and interesting on the ferment shelf.

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Shannon

Shannon is a mama to four small children, homesteader, freelance writer, and picture-taker. She lives with her husband on their off-grid homestead where they make and eat kefir, kombucha, sourdough, and fermented vegetables.

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