When it’s high season at the farmers’ market I often buy way too many vegetables because everything is so beautiful and fresh. I like to preserve the excess veggies by fermenting them into healthy probiotic treats. Fermenting is simple and requires no special equipment although a few tools like Mason jar weights, Pickle Pebbles for example, and venting lids like Pickle Pipes or Stainless Steel Fermentation Lids will make it easier. Continue reading Asian Style Pickled Vegetables
Most years we harvest bushels of persimmons from our two trees. I dehydrate many, give many away, eat at lot of them fresh, and still end up with a freezer full of whole fruit. This unusual and yummy recipe combines our love of probiotic fermented foods with our love of spices. Ripe persimmons are so sweet that no additional sweetener is needed. Makes about a quart. Don’t have persimmons? Try substituting a different sweet tasting fruit. Continue reading Persimmon Chutney
Incorporating the old standard orange and cranberry sauce flavors, this raw fermented chutney is both probiotic and delicious. We ate half of the first batch at one dinner and then put it on our breakfast the next day. It will keep over a month in the refrigerator, perhaps even longer, but we always eat it too quickly to find out. Makes about 1 quart. Continue reading Cranberry Chutney Recipe
We are serious “chile heads”, lovers of spicy food that is, and hot sauce. Several vendors at our local farmers market grow beautiful hot peppers. The super meaty plump green jalapeños caught my eye so I made this great green jalapeño sauce. Continue reading Great Green Jalapeño Sauce Recipe
The peppers at our Farmers’ Market are bountiful and beautiful this time of year. It’s fun to make your own sriracha sauce using the peppers of your choice. I have used Tobago peppers, long red cayenne, red jalapeños, and a mixture of multiple kinds of peppers. Although fermented, the sriracha is cooked to stop the fermentation and preserve it so it does not contain active probiotics. It seems to keep indefinitely in the refrigerator.