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Fermented Brussel Sprouts

Should you ferment Brussel sprouts in halves or wholes. Practical advice

Fermented Brussel sprouts are salty, sour and tangy. Perfect as a side dish or diced up as a condiment. See the section above for 5 different flavour options.

Ingredients

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  • 1 tbsp salt (non-iodized)
  • 1 cup chlorine-free water (enough to cover)
  • 1 lb of Brussel sprouts.
  • Flavours (see the section above)

Instructions

  1. Mix the salt and water in the bottom of a 1-quart jar. 
  2. Decide if the Brussel sprouts are going to be fermented whole or in half. I don’t recommend doing a mix of both because they won’t ferment at the same rate. See the section above for more details. Slice a little bit off the bottom of the sprouts. Remove any sprouts with bad spots and peel off any loose leaves. Wash the sprouts and pack them into the jar.
  3. Add more water if necessary to completely submerge the sprouts. Use a weight to keep the sprouts below the brine and leave 1-inch of headroom.
  4. Cap with a loose-fitting lid that will allow gas to escape. See notes for more details.
  5. Ferment in a cupboard for at least 2 weeks and up to 6 months (for whole sprouts).

Notes

  • I generally like using fido jars (affiliate link) for my ferments. However, I don’t have enough for all my ferments so I often use mason jars and simply don’t tighten the jar ring all the way. You could also use an air-lock or pickle-pipe. Using a good, fermentation-specific lid is more important for longer ferments. So I recommend it if you want to ferment whole Brussel sprouts for longer than a month.
  • Like sauerkraut and other cabbage ferments, fermented Brussel sprouts are not recommended for anyone with hypothyroidism.

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