Turnips are an interesting, nutritious alternative to things like potatoes. They are a member of the radish family and can have a bit of a bite to them. When fermented, turnips take on a great tang which mellows out that radish-like bite and makes them a crunchy and delicious pickle for snacking.
INGREDIENTS AND EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE AT CULTURES FOR HEALTH
- 6 cups water
- 3 1/2 Tbsp. sea salt
- 12 medium turnips, scrubbed well and sliced 1/8 inch thick
- 2 tsp. red pepper flakes
- Make a brine by combining water and sea salt, stirring until salt is completely dissolved. Set aside.
- Put 1 tsp. red pepper flakes in each of two quart-size jars. Add sliced turnips,leaving 1-2 inches of headspace in each jar.
- Pour the brine over the turnips and red pepper flakes, pushing the turnips down to release any air bubbles. Again, leave 1-2 inches headspace in each jar.
- If necessary, weigh the turnips down under the brine to keep them submerged.
- Cover the jar with a tight lid, airlock lid, or coffee filter secured with a rubber band.
- Culture at room temperature (60-70°F is preferred) until desired flavor and texture are achieved. If using a tight lid, burp daily to release excess pressure.
- Once the turnips are finished, put a tight lid on the jar and move to cold storage.