Fermented Tomatoes Recipe – Fermented Cherry Tomatoes with Basil
Here is a Fermented Tomatoes Recipe that you can use to make any type of fermented vegetable, including Fermented Cherry Tomatoes with Basil. This lacto-fermentation process creates lacto-fermented tomatoes that are rich in probiotics and are good for gut health.
Why Make Fermented Tomatoes?
Doesn’t it just make sense to eat tomatoes when they are fresh? Or better yet, turn them into a delicious tomato sauce that’s perfect for topping pasta. These options are tasty and nutritious, but if you want to make your tomatoes probiotic-rich, then fermentation is the way to go!
What’s So Great About Probiotics?
Probiotics are a type of “good” bacteria that nourishes our guts. And scientists tell us that when our gut is healthy, the healthier we are overall. You’ve most likely heard that eating yogurt, or other “cultured” dairy, is good for us. Well, the same applies to fermented vegetables. Just like cultured dairy, fermented vegetables are rich in probiotics.
Fermented Tomatoes Aid in Digestion
Fermented Tomatoes benefit our gut health thanks to their rich complex of probiotics, but they also aid in digestion. And they are especially helpful when served with a meal that is heavy in cooked foods, especially meats. So be sure to include these delectable fermented mouthfuls on your next charcuterie platter.
Easy to Make
Fermented tomatoes are so easy to make that you’ll wonder why you haven’t done this before. In my recipe video, I show you how to bring together tomatoes, basil, salt, and water to easily create this nourishing, gut-loving versatile fermented vegetable. And versatile they are! Prepare the tomatoes as a snack or an appetizer, top them on a salad, or serve them as a side dish. In my printable recipe, I show you how to make Fermented Cherry Tomatoes with Basil.
Now, what if you want to try this with other types of tomatoes or vegetables? Yes, you can certainly do that. Whole plum tomatoes are wonderful and delicious when they are fermented in this fashion, and they make a dramatic presentation on any hors d’oeuvre platter.
If you want to try this with other veggies, such as carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, onions, or a combination of vegetables, simply fill your jar with your desired vegetables, add your salt, and top it all off with filtered water. Once fermented, you’ll have a delicious probiotic-rich vegetable that’s perfect when served as an appetizer or side dish.
More Fermented Videos
Now that you’ve learned how to make fermented tomatoes, try your hand at these other tasty ferments. I even share my secret to crisp fermented pickles! With my tips and tricks to making successful ferments, you’ll never have mushy fermented vegetables again!
Try these recipes out to make condiments for your next picnic or to dress up sandwiches on your kitchen table.
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Fermented Cherry Tomatoes with Basil
- One Half Gallon Jar or Two Quart Sized Jars
- 2 pounds Fresh cherry tomatoes
- 10 leaves Fresh basil
- 2 tbsp Coarse sea salt Alternative salt may be used, such as pink Himalayan salt. If the salt is fine ground, cut the amount of salt in half to 1 tablespoon. Make sure your salt does not contain any anti-caking agents. If the salt contains anti-caking agents, they will be listed in the ingredients on the packaging.
- Wash tomatoes and basil.
- Remove any stems from the tomatoes, and for each tomato, use a toothpick to poke a hole in the tomato where the stem was originally. Drop the tomatoes in the jar.
- Layer tomatoes, basil, and salt in the jar. Pack the mixture as tightly as possible without rupturing the tomatoes. (See video.) If using 2 quart-sized jars, divide the ingredients evenly between the two jars.
- Continue to layer the tomatoes, basil, and salt in the jar, leaving an approximately 1-inch headspace at the top of the jar.
- Fill the jar with chlorine-free water, making sure that the tomatoes are completely submerged.
- You can place extra basil leaves and stems at the top of the jar on top of the tomatoes to help keep the tomatoes submerged under the brine.
- Put a screw-top lid on the jar and tighten. Place the jar in a bowl to catch any overflow as the tomatoes ferment. (See video.) Next, place the jar in the bowl in a warm place in your kitchen or pantry out of direct sunlight.
- Each day, loosen the lid of the jar to allow carbon dioxide to escape. The good bacteria produce this gas during the fermentation process. Once the gas is released, retighten the jar lid.
- After 2-3 days (or earlier), you will begin to see bubbles developing in the jar. At this point, refrigerate the tomatoes in the jar. The cooler temperature will slow the fermentation process, but it will continue. The lower temperature will also help to prevent the development of mold, which can be a problem with a summertime ferment, like as tomatoes, when temperatures are often warmer than ferments prefer.
- The fermented tomatoes will be ready to eat in approximately two weeks, and they will stay fresh in your refrigerator for approximately six months. Ferments generally like to be stored at approximately 40°F, so the top shelf of your refrigerator or your refrigerator door are the best storage locations. Alternative storage options include a cellar or root cellar, if those locations can properly maintain a temperature of approximately 40°F.
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