2 medium apples, peeled, cored, chopped, about 4 cups
1/2 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 cup raw apple cider
Place the cabbage in a bowl; toss with the salt. Massage the cabbage to release the liquid until reduced to one-third the size. Toss in the apples, mustard seeds and caraway. Transfer cabbage mixture and the liquid to a 1-quart jar; add the cider. Push the mixture down into the jar, leaving 1 inch of space at the top. Cover the mixture with filtered water. Secure the lid and air lock. Place in a cool, dark location. Ferment for 2 weeks, then remove the air lock, submerge the mixture, cover with an air-tight lid, and refrigerate for up to 1 month. It is ready to consume after 1 week in refrigeration but will last for up to 2 months when refrigerated.
Sweet and salty pickled vegetables
Prep: 1 hour
Rest: 6 hours
Makes: 1 pint
Note: From "Mastering Fermentation" by Mary Karlin. Many other vegetables can be pickled with this brine. Onions and shallots are particularly good.
2 small unpeeled carrots, cut into 1-inch-long matchsticks
3 large radishes, cut into matchsticks
4 green onions (with 1/2 inch of green part), quartered lengthwise
1 piece (1 inch long) fresh ginger, cut into matchsticks
1/4 cup steamed edamame beans
1 teaspoon unrefined sea salt
1 pint sweet and salty pickling brine, see recipe
1. Combine carrots, radishes, green onions, ginger and edamame in a bowl. Toss with the salt.
2. Pack the vegetables into a pint jar; cover with the pickling brine to 1 inch from the top. Press down on the vegetables to pack tightly and release some of their moisture. Cover the opening with cheesecloth; set at room temperature for 6 hours. Remove the cheesecloth, secure with an air lock or regular lid and refrigerate. Best used from 3 days to 1 week.
Sweet and salty pickling brine:
Combine 2 1/4 teaspoons fine sea salt and 1 cup filtered water, whisking to dissolve the salt. Combine this basic brine with 3/4 cup raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon brine from sauerkraut (optional, but preferred) in a nonreactive bowl. Whisk in 1 tablespoon raw, unfiltered honey until dissolved. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon whole grain Dijon-style mustard. Keep refrigerated in a covered jar. Makes: 1 pint