This one will take about two weeks for good fermentation. When finished it should it should be tart with a mild beet taste. You can vary the amount of freshly grated ginger to your liking.
Recipe for Fermented Cabbage, Beets and Ginger
1-2 heads cabbage , shredded
1 medium beet , grated
2 tablespoons grated ginger
Diamond Crystal salt
1. Grate cabbage, beet and ginger using a mandolin. Careful!
2. Using a digital scale, weigh the the cabbage, beets and ginger. For fermentation, I always weigh the ingredients by the gram and multiply the total amount .025 to get the proper amount of salt.
3. Now place the shredded cabbage, beets and ginger in a large bowl and sprinkle evenly with salt. Let this sit for about 30 minutes.
4. Compress the cabbage by gently squeezing the cabbage. I do this to reduce the volume and make it easier to get all the ingredients submersed in the brine.
5. Place all the ingredients into an air-lock container. Place a large plate or pickle weight on the top. For lacto fermentation, you want an anaerobic environment or the absence of oxygen. I once wrote lengthy HACCP plan for fermenting kimchi, so if you want more details about fermentation safety – send me a message.
6. Let this sit out for about 3-5 days. It should become noticeably acidic. If you have a ph meter, 4.2 is ideal but anything below 4.6 is considered acidified.
7. Once you’ve reach the right acidity, transfer to mason jars and store in your refrigerator.
8. That’s it!