Day: July 9, 2016

I made jalapeño, cilantro, carrot kraut

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Hanging out with Mark and Xeni has led to the development of a ‘fermenting shelf’ in my pantry.

It all started for me with Xeni recommending a Picklemeister jar for fermenting things in. A few totally failed experiments later, and then some good sauerkraut and I was hooked. A week or so ago, Mark instagrammed a photo of some kraut he’d just put up and I was left staring a huge pile of vegetables from my CSA. I decided to start fermenting.

I’ve got a some plain — just the cabbage — sauerkraut going, intending to try to make a sauerkraut soup with it, and I’ve started some other more flavorful jars. I still use Xeni’s Picklemeister but for smaller, widely varied batches I’ve just been using wide-mouth Ball Jars. The one I’m most excited about is full of jalapeño, cilantro, carrot kraut.

Recipe:

  • 1 medium green cabbage
  • 4 medium jalapeño peppers
  • A couple carrots
  • 1 small bunch cilantro
  • 1 Tbs Kosher or Sea Salt, not iodized
  • Maybe some water and some more salt
  • 1 wide-mouth quart Ball Jar

Wash your hands.

Rinse the cabbage. Remove the other 2-3 leaves from the cabbage whole, set aside. Shred the cabbage. I’m from southern California and no one needs to tell me how to shred, but if you need help, Boing Boing never seeks to disappoint. Set the shredded cabbage into a large bowl.

Slice the jalapeños into rounds. You can cut them into strips, instead of rounds, facilitating the removal of seeds and membranes if you lack the chutzpah to just put them in the bowl. Similarly cut the carrots, and put them in the bowl. I feel there is something wrong with cutting the peppers into strips, and the carrots into rounds, however. Stay consistent with shape! Do not mess with my OCD!

Sprinkle slightly less than 1 Tbs of coarse salt over the mix. Toss the mix and salt around a bit.

Rinse, or wash your hands.

Smash the cut veggies together with your hands repeatedly. Treat the assortment of plant matter as if it were someone you wanted to teach a lesson to, but not permanently disfigure or damage. Smash! Smash! Smash! After 7-10 minutes of free therapy, you should have a soggy pile of leaves ‘n stuff, with a good amount of salty plant juice at the bottom of your bowl. Get your Ball Jar.

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