Red, White & Blue
In celebration of July 4th, let's ferment using the colors of the flag!
Alright, it may seem like a strange combination of ingredients, but they work together, and the result can either be served with a savory or
1 Tablespoon sea salt dissolved in 3-1/2 cups filtered water
1-1/2 cups fresh organic strawberries (ripe, but firm), stemmed
15 (approx.) small radishes, peeled
1-1/4 cups fresh organic blueberries
1 cinnamon stick
1. Bring water to a boil and dissolve the salt. Allow to cool completely.
2. Place the blueberries, then radishes, then strawberries into a one-quart mason jar.
The top of the strawberry layer should reach a little about the shoulder of the jar. Add in the cinnamon stick.
3. Pour the cooled salted water ( or otherwise known as the brine) onto red, white and blue mixture.
There should be enough brine to cover the top of the strawberries by 1 inch.
4. Place your Kraut Source onto the jar according to directions. Place in a dark cool spot on your kitchen counter.
5. Ferment for about 7 days.
If the ambient temperature in your kitchen is around 72 - 75 F, that's perfect. If it's warmer, ferment for about 5 days, then stored
in the fridge until ready to use.
- Over a salad:
Use the fermented brine plus extra virgin olive oil + a little fresh lemon juice + salt & pepper, for the dressing.
Toss mixed salad greens with the dressing, and then top with grated parmesan cheese, and the fermented strawberries, radishes*,
*The radishes will turn pale pink from the strawberry pigment.
- Over ice cream! Yummmmm.
Scoop out some vanilla ice cream, top with a few of the fermented strawberries and blueberries. (I wouldn't do the radishes, unless
you have a very adventurous palate.) Drizzle on a tablespoon of maple syrup. The mild saltiness of the fermented fruits balance well with
the sweet ice cream, AND provides probiotics!
Happy Fermentation and 4th of July!!!