Frequently Asked Questions
Sauerkraut and cucumber pickles are lacto-fermented foods my grandmother always had on hand, and now I do, too! Any vegetable can be cured, brined, cultured, or lacto-fermented (same process, just different names!). Cookbook authors and food researchers, Sandor Katz, “Wild Fermentation”, and Sally Fallon in “Nourishing Traditions”, provide encouragement, as well as wonderful ideas on how to “pickle” a wide-range of vegetables, including:
- Cinnamon & Clove Spiced Beets
- Ginger-Spiced Carrots
- Dilly Carrots
- Green Beans (Dilled with garlic is our favorite!)
- Pearl Onions
- Whole Peeled Garlic Cloves
- Red, Yellow and Green Peppers
- Jalapenos – slices and pureed for our own flavorful “green” sauce
- Kohlrabi – slices, sticks and cubes
- Cranberry Chutney
- Tomato & Cilantro Salsa
- Scapes (flower portion of the garlic plant)
- Red Cabbage – technically, yes, sauerkraut but on a whole new level!
- Horseradish sauce – the fumes that can knock you to the floor are controlled in the Pickl-It!
Did you know...
Sauerkraut was brought to Germany in the 13th Century on the backs of Genghis Kahn’s Mongolian marauding horses, its Vitamin C protecting his army from scurvy.
—How Germans Acquired Sauerkraut
You know you talk about fermenting too much when…
Your three-year-old is observed pushing his bath toys under the water while saying, “You must go under the brine to ferment. Then I will have sauerkraut toys.”
—- Holly G., Ohio