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Recipe: Naturally Cultured Carrot Relish


  • 2 to 3 lbs. carrots, sliced
  • 1/4 lb. cabbage, finely shredded
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. onion, finely grated
  • 3/4+ cup Fresh (grated) or dried ginger to taste
  • water
  • One of the following: 1 tablespoon salt OR 2 to 3 teaspoons salt and 1/4 cup whey


  1. Dissolve the salt in water and then add the whey if using. Mix in the ginger.
  2. Mix the carrot slices, cabbage, and onion together and place in a fermentation container. Pour the liquid over the vegetables. Ideally the vegetables should be submerged under the liquid.
  3. Ferment for 3 to 14 days or longer at room temperature. (If using a starter culture, follow the instructions that came with the culture to ensure adequate time for full bacteria development).
  4. Once the fermentation period is complete, the carrots can be removed to a storage container if desired. Store cultured carrots in the refrigerator or root cellar.

At A Glance

PREP: 14 days
COOK: 30 minutes
TOTAL: 14 days, 30 minutes
YIELD: Makes approximately 1 quart.