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...
The Germans were introduced to sauerkraut by Genghis Khan (1162-1227), whose war-horses carried it for his troops, in order to keep them scurvy-free.
Thanks for the clear instructions, Kathleen! I mustered the discipline to let the fermentation work undisturbed, leaving it alone! I’m not used to that! Used to skimming off mold! I’m amazed how good my first attempt with it – khimchee – has come out. You made it so easy.
—Jamie - Massachusettes