Frequently Asked Questions
There are two kinds of vegetables:
- Short-term – those which deteriorate quickly after harvest, and include: tomatoes (ketchup & salsas), cucumbers, green beans, peppers, cauliflower, kohlrabi, broccoli, and zucchini.
- Long-term – vegetables which are typical of “root” crops, or those with “skin” which help preserve them for weeks, to months of storage. Examples include: winter onion, garlic, beets, turnips, parsnips, rutabagas, celeriac, carrots and cabbage.
The general rule-of-thumb:
- Short-term vegetables: should be used immediately.
- Long-term vegetables: should be turned into a fermented-food by New Years’ Day.
Our personal experience is that we’ve made superb batches of sauerkraut, dilled-carrots and cinnamon-clove spiced beets, throughout the winter, going well-past the New Year’s cut-off. Just this past June, we made a tasty batch of dilled carrots from carrots that were harvested the preceding October!
With a little bit of experience, you will learn how to best judge your own crops, storage conditions and vegetables.
Did you know...
N.Y. Mets rookie pitcher Nolan Ryan uses pickle brine to toughen a tender middle finger on his pitching hand; his fast ball is described as faster than Bob Feller’s; predicted to be the next Sandy Koufax
—1968 Life Magazine
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