Back in my early fermenting days, pickled carrots were one of the first things I tried. Prior to my fermenting days, annually I would make big batches of pickled peppers of all kinds. I simple adored that pickled flavor. I had a sweet pickle brine that I used back then and I still get warm fuzzies thinking about my ‘pickling’ days. Most of us are familiar with that ‘pickled’ taste I’m talking about. However, they are usually done in a vinegar brine as opposed to fermented. I wanted to marry the two together. Since sweet peppers and italian peppers don’t ferment really well I decided to try my hand at pickled radishes, beets and carrots. Today, I’m sharing my recipe for pickled carrots. It’s OH-SO-EASY and just as tasty! I hope you’ll give them a try!
(Thanks to Melanie of Pickle Me Too for helping me to figure out how to do this sweet brine).
- 1 quart sliced carrot coins
- 3 Tbsp. Pickling Spice
- 2% Brine (19 grams of sea salt per 1 quart water)
- 3 Tbsp. Maple Syrup or Honey
- ¼ of an onion chopped
- Warm 1 cup of salt brine enough to dissolve 3 tbsp of sweetener. Let cool to room temperature.
- In a 1.5L jar, add the pickling spice and onion.
- Pack carrots in tightly.
- Pour sugar/salt brine over the top and use a Dunk’R to keep everything under the brine.
- Seal tightly, don’t forget to add water to the airlock.
- Let set at room temperature for about 5-7 days or until bubble activity dies down.
- Remove to cold storage and enjoy!
- These carrots just get better with time and will last a good year or so in the fridge. *If using honey, you’ll want to heat the honey to kill all the good stuff in it. The enzymes and natural occurring bacteria can interfere with the natural fermentation process.
- To do this, bring the water with salt and honey to a boil.
- Let cool to room temp before pouring over the carrots.
New to anaerobic fermentation? Here are the jars I recommend – The Probiotic Jar.
I buy my pickling spice in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs, however you can also order it from Frontier through Amazon and get free shipping if you have Prime. You will also need a small scale to measure your salt. I use the Oxo Good Grips Stainless Steel Food Scale.
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