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Here is a Sweet and Sour Fermented Cucumber Salad Recipe that is easy to make and is full of probiotics for good gut health. This tasty way to boost your immune system is a tart, spicy, and refreshing treat!
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What is a Fermented Cucumber Salad?
With this fermented cucumber salad, you’ll bring together thinly-sliced cucumbers with some herbs, spices, and a bit of sea salt to ferment at room temperature. It’s a delicious way to introduce your palate to fermented vegetables!
You’ll make this fermented cucumber salad recipe even more memorable because you’ll top it off with a bit of maple syrup (or honey) to create the perfect balance of that sweet and sour taste that so many of us crave!
Why I Like Using a Mandoline Slicer
The way you prepare your recipe ingredients when making this fermented cucumber salad can add to your enjoyment of this recipe. For example, you can use a kitchen knife to cut your cucumber into medium-sized slices for this recipe, and these thicker slices will still help you create a delicious fermented cucumber salad.
However, the thinner you can cut your cucumber, the better it will taste after fermentation. The thin slices of cucumber will give your salad an enticing look, as well as impart a delightful crunch as you enjoy it with your meal.
I used a mandoline slicer to cut my cucumbers into consistently thin slices. You can find these mandolines at various places; I found mine at my local grocery store. It’s easy to set the thickness level for the cutter. (In my recipe video, I used the second thickness setting for my device, so the slices are thin but not too thin that they start to fall apart.)
You can use your mandoline slicer for more than just making thin cucumber slices for your fermented cucumber salad. You can also use this device to slice up potatoes so you can make potato chips. Zucchini and other vegetables are also tasty when cut up thin.
- Note: When using a mandoline slicer, always be careful to be conscious of the blade. Any good mandoline device will come with a food holder or other safety mechanism. Be sure to use the safety features to keep you safe, especially when working with smaller pieces of vegetables.
How to Make Fermented Pickles
If you’re looking for more tasty recipes using cucumbers, try out this fermented pickles recipe. I’ll show you how to ensure your fermented pickles come out delicious, crisp, and loaded with beneficial probiotics.
How to Make Bread and Butter Pickles
If you want to try your hand at making pickles and then home canning them, try out this bread and butter pickles recipe without fermentation. In my video, I also show you how to water bath can your pickles so you can save them for long-term storage.
More Pickling Recipes
Fermented Cucumber Salad and other fermented foods provide you with probiotics that help your gut health, but the fermentation process takes time. If you want to enjoy the tang that’s associated with fermented vegetables, you can quick pickle them and have a delightful side that’s ready in just a few hours.
Here are two recipes that you can use to quick pickle cucumbers, carrots, cauliflower, pearl onions, and more! One uses a traditional sugar brine, and the other includes a recipe for a basic pickling spice mix without sugar.
Do You Need Special Equipment to Ferment?
Other than a few canning jars, you don’t need any special equipment to start fermenting. For example, with today’s fermented cucumber salad recipe, you can use a pint-size canning jar with a small weight and lid to hold your ferment after you pack the contents into the jar with your hand.
However, there are a few kitchen devices that will make your fermenting life easier and that you may want to consider if you enjoy fermenting and find you want to make fermentation recipes throughout the year.
Glass Pickle Weight
For example in today’s video, I show you how to use a glass pickle weight to help compress the contents in your canning jar after you tighten the lid. Being able to weigh down the vegetables you want to ferment is essential because you always want to keep everything under the brine to avoid spoilage.
And instead of removing the lid daily to manually release the carbon dioxide that’s building up in your ferment, you could use Pickle Pipes to help release the fermentation gas when the pressure builds up.
And although your senses could help you determine if your fermentation was successful, using pH strips makes it easier. If you’re a beginning fermenter, you can use the strips to test if your ferment has reached a pH level of 4.6 or lower, which is a sign of a successful fermentation. Without the pH strips, you’ll have to rely on your previous experience with ferments, such as the smell, amount of bubbles, etc.
Additionally, if you were making sauerkraut, you might also want a kraut pounder to make it easier for you to press your cabbage down and mash it up for easier fermentation.
Masontops Mason Jar Fermentation Kit Discount Coupon
Although you don’t need any special equipment to start making ferments, the Masontops kit can help you simplify the process and enable you to create your ferment successfully. In my Masontops unboxing video, I show you my Masontops Complete Mason Jar Fermentation Kit and go over everything the kit includes.
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Sweet and Sour Fermented Cucumber Salad
- 3 clean pint-size jars with tight-fitting lids
- 3 pickle pebbles or other weight
- pH Strips optional
- 6 Pickling cucumbers You can also use English or hot house cucumbers.
- 3 fronds Fresh dill Or use 1 teaspoon dried dill.
- 4 1/2 tsps Coarse ground sea salt If using fine ground sea salt, use only 3 teaspoons.
- 3/4 tsp Red pepper flakes, optional
- Filtered, chlorine-free water
- 3/4 cup Maple syrup or honey (See Recipe Notes.)
- Using a mandoline or sharp knife, slice the cucumbers to approximately 1/4" thick.
- In each pint-size jar, place 1 1/2 teaspoons of coarse ground sea salt in the bottom of each jar. If using, add 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes to each jar.
- Divide the cucumbers and the dill between the three jars, alternating layers of cucumbers and dill. Pack very tightly.
- Place a pickle pebble or other weight on top of the cucumbers and fill each jar with water, leaving 1" headspace. Make sure that all the cucumbers are fully submerged under the water. Place a lid on each jar and tighten securely.
- Place all three jars into bowls or on a tray to catch any liquid that might leak out during the fermentation process.
- Place jars in a room-temperature area (68°F to 72°F or 20°C to 22°C) out of direct sunlight. Check the jars each day, loosen the lids to release any gasses that are building up, and then re-tighten the lids.
- After three days, you can check the pH of the fermented cucumbers with a pH strip to determine if the pH is 4.6 or lower. If so, the fermentation was successful. If the pH has not yet dropped to 4.6, allow the cucumbers to ferment for another day. (See Recipe Notes.)
- After the third or fourth day, remove the pickle pebbles from the jars and add 1/4 cup of maple syrup (or honey) to each jar. Put the lids back on the jars and refrigerate.
- This fermented cucumber salad is best consumed within 3 months.
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Favorite Fermentation Supplies
- Mandoline Slicer
- pH Strips (Helps you check on the acidity of your fermentation)
- Wide-Mouth Pint Canning Jars
- Half Gallon Canning Jars
- 4-ounce Jelly Jars
- Wide-Mouth Leak Proof Lids
- Wide-Mouth Storage Lids
- Pickle Pipes
- Pickle Pepple Glass Weights
- Masontops Fermentation Kit (Excellent collection for beginners. See promo code below.)
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- Favorite Aprons
- Spice Grinder
- Countertop Burner (On my kitchen island in many recipe videos.)
- Handheld Vacuum Sealing System
- Vacuum Lids
- Silica Gel Packets (Helps keep moisture from building up in your mix)
- Cast Iron Dutch Oven
- 8-Quart Slow-Cooker
- Fat Separator (Clever kitchen device to help you decant bone broth)
- Flour Sack Towels
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