Naturally Fermented Carrot Sticks

06 August

2-3 pounds carrots, cut into sticks
water, about 2 quarts
one of the following:
1 tablespoon sea salt or
2-3 teaspoons sea salt and ΒΌ cup whey or
a starter culture such as Caldwells Cultured Vegetable Starter Or Body Ecology Starter Culture and salt as indicated by instructions for the specific culture you are working with.

1. If using just salt or salt and whey, dissolve the salt in water and add the whey if using. If using a starter culture, prepare the liquid according to the package instructions.
2. Place the carrots sticks in the jar and pour the liquid over the carrots. Ideally the carrots should be submerged under the liquid. Cover with cheesecloth and place in a cool, dry area and ferment for 2 weeks or longer at room temperature.
3. Once the fermentation period is complete, the carrots can be removed and put in a storage container if desired. Store cultured carrots in the refrigerator.

Makes approximately 2 quarts