Healthy Probiotic Fermented Carrot Sticks

This recipe is easy and fun to do because anything that requires a fermentation period feels a bit like a science project, and who doesn't love food science?!
Healthy Probiotic Fermented Carrot Sticks | Real Food RN

The house is decorated for Easter and we have already dyed eggs three times! Teaching the kids about healthy eating is a challenge when the holidays seem to revolve around candy. So, we decided to make some fermented carrot sticks for the Easter Bunny because someone has to look after his health. We don’t want him to lose his only two teeth to the devastating effects of candy.

This recipe is easy and fun to do because anything that requires a fermentation period feels a bit like a science project, and I love food science!

Healthy Probiotic Fermented Carrot Sticks | Real Food RN
Yield: Makes approximately 2 quarts

Fermented Carrot Sticks (aka carrot pickles)

This recipe is easy and fun to do because anything that requires a fermentation period feels a bit like a science project, and who doesn't love food science?!

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. carrots, peeled and cut into sticks
  • 3 cups non-chlorinated, filtered water
  • Spices that you might want to add: cumin, dill, cilantro, garlic, etc. (we used dill & garlic)
  • One of the following:
  • 1 T. salt or
  • 2-3 t. salt and 1/4 cup whey powder or
  • Cultured Vegetable Starter

Instructions

    1. If using just salt or salt and whey, dissolve the salt in water and then add the whey.
    2. If using a starter culture, prepare the liquid according to the package instructions.
    3. Place the carrot sticks and spices into the jar and pour the liquid over the carrots.
    4. Ideally, the carrots should be submerged under the liquid, leaving one-inch headspace.
    5. Place a lid on the jar, tighten and place in a cool spot to ferment for 1-2 weeks at room temperature.
    6. You might need to burp the jar every day for the first few days to release any pent-up gases.
    7. Store cultured carrots in the refrigerator or root cellar.

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This is a very kid-friendly recipe. As you can see, even a princess can do it!

 Fermented Carrots for the Easter Bunny

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