Fermented carrot sticks are a great crunchy fermented snack and an easy introduction to fermented foods for kids. Prepared according to this recipe, they are fairly mild in flavor. Later, add some garlic cloves and peppercorns for a little extra kick, if you prefer.
2 to 3 pounds carrots, cut into sticks
1 quart Water
One of the following:
1-3 tablespoon salt or
2-3 teaspoons salt and ¼ cup whey
If using just salt or salt and whey, dissolve the salt in water and then add the whey.
Place the carrot sticks in the jar and pour the liquid over the carrots. Ideally the carrots should be submerged under the liquid. Ferment for two weeks or longer at room temperature.
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.