Lacto fermented ginger carrots is one of my favorite ferments. It’s got the sweetness of the carrots, the piquant nature of the ginger, and the tanginess that comes with fermented foods. Plus all that extra vitamin C and probiotics from the fermentation process.
The jar of ginger carrots in the photo was made during a fermentation workshop I taught a couple of weeks ago. I decided on ginger carrots because they are easy to make and get one’s head around – a few simple ingredients, easy to mix, and easy to get a brine out of it. It was fun to prepare them as a group, too, with everyone contributing to the grating and mincing. And I learned how to peel ginger with a spoon! It’s freakishly effective.
I enjoy ginger carrots on lots of things, from eggs, to roast salmon, and it’s a nice snack all by itself. It also goes great in a bean salad, the recipe for which I’ll share soon
The process is very simple – mix everything together and let it sit and ferment. The ferment shown in the picture above – which was made during the fermentation workshop I taught a few weeks ago – took about 6 days to get to my liking. It continues to get better and better as it ages, too.
4 c. grated carrots
1 T ginger root
1T sea salt
Grate carrots on the large holes in a box grater (or use a food processor). Peel the ginger and mince it. Mix the carrots and ginger in a non-reactive bowl (glass or ceramic) until well-combined.
Add the sea salt and whey, and pound it all together to release the juices, which will turn into a brine. Stuff the mixture in a jar – a pint jar should fit it all. As you’re stuffing the carrot-ginger mixture in the jar, be sure to firmly press down to further help release the brine. When you’ve stuffed it all in the jar, be sure there is a brine covering the vegetables.
Cover with a lid and let it sit for a few days in a warm dark space. Check it to see what it tastes like – if you like it the way it is, put it in the refrigerator. If you want a stronger fermented flavor, leave it out and check it each day for progress.
Regarding the salt you use for your fermentation: you can also use kosher salt or other salt as long as it has no iodine and no anti-caking ingredients. One caution about Celtic or grey salt – moist salt is sometimes known for carrying bacteria and mold that can ruin your ferments.
Makes one pint.