Fermented carrot sticks are one of my favourite snacks. I always have a fido jar full on my counter and another one in my fridge. They taste like a pickled carrot and can be flavoured in an endless number of ways. Everyone in our house seems to have a favorite!
I love fermented carrot sticks because
- Carrot sticks are the perfect snack.
- They are the easiest way to get probiotics into my children. I started making them when my daughter was a toddler because they are slightly softer than your typical carrot which made them easier for her to eat.
- Fermenting carrots helps release the beta-carotene making them more nutritious.
- I always get several pounds of carrots in my weekly food box, so it’s a great way to use them up.
- Carrots (around 6 large carrots per jar)
- 2 cups of water (chlorine free)
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp culture (optional: see notes)
- Flavours (see below)
- Wash and cut the carrots into sticks.
- Pack the carrots into jars making sure that they stay 1" below the top.
- Mix the salt into the water to make a brine.
- Add flavours and whey to each jar. Then cover the carrots with the brine.
- Allow to ferment for 3 days. After three days the carrots will be deliciously fermented, but still crisp.
- Store in the refrigerator and enjoy!
-I usually use whey as my starter, but you could also use sauerkraut juice or a purchased starter. You can even ferment without a starter… but it’s always a bit risky, as it relies on free range lactic bacteria.
-I usually ferment in a fido. You could also use a mason jar with an airlock or pickle-nipple lid. Or if you want to go low tech, just use a mason jar with a weight to keep the carrots below the brine. See fermentation basics for more info.
- For my favourite dill pickle flavour, add 1 clove of garlic and a sprig of dill to each jar.
- For a curry flavour, add 2 tsp of an Indian curry spice mix.
- Adding a sliced beet will sweeten the carrots.
- Hot peppers and onion will make spicy carrot sticks.
You can add any combination of herbs or spices that you would like. Experiment!