Fermented Foods: 50+ Recipes to Get You Started 5

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In case you’ve yet to delve into fermenting, here’s a collection of recipes and tips to get you started on fermented foods. You’ll be so glad you did!

It’s been about eight months since Matt from Fermentools contacted me about trying his products. I’d been talking about learning to ferment vegetables for quite awhile, and Matt’s encouragement (“It’s easy!” he said. “Try it,” he said.) was just the push I needed. He sent over some equipment for me to try and the rest is history. I assure you, we’re hooked on fermented foods. And we’ve expanded our repertoire: No longer limited to fermenting vegetables, we’ve tried our hands at fermenting fruit, sauces, and seeds, too!

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Why ferment?

  • Naturally fermented foods are the original probiotic and promote a healthy digestive system.
  • It’s a great way to preserve your garden goodness.
  • Fermented foods are delicious.
  • Getting started is easy. (Matt was right.)

Getting started with fermenting:

A Primer on Lacto-Fermentation [Survival at Home]

What are Fermented Foods, Anyway? [Schneiderpeeps]

Pickling vs. Fermenting [Fermentools]

How to Make a Basic Brine [Modern Hippie Housewife]

Finding a Live Culture [Joybilee Farm]

Fermenting in Hot Weather [Fermentools]

Why Use an Airlock [Fermentools]

Can I Use No Salt? Or Less Salt? [Traditional Cooking School]

What Foods Can I Ferment? [Fermentools]

The Benefits of Fermenting Food [The Homestead Garden]

Long-Term Storage and Care of Ferments [Homestead Honey]

Fermented vegetables:

Cucumber Squash Fermented Dills [Attainable Sustainable]

Lacto-Fermented Radishes and Turnips [Attainable Sustainable]

Chipotle Rainbow Carrots [The Cedar Hill Chronicles]

Fermented Carrots [Joybilee Farm]

Cucumber-Squash Dill Fermented Pickles [Attainable Sustainable]

Fermented Jalapeños [Mommypotamus]

Lacto-Fermented Dilly Beans [Grow, Forage, Cook, Ferment]

Spicy Pickled Snap Peas [Attainable Sustainable]

Fermented Green Tomatoes [Grow, Forage, Cook, Ferment]

Kohlrabi Hot Sticks [Little*Big*Harvest]

Lacto-Fermented Cauliflower [Attainable Sustainable]

Spicy Green Beans [Fermentools]

Lacto-Fermented Bread & Butter Pickles [Loving Our Guts]

Lacto-Fermented Onions [Delicious Obsessions]

Fermented Mushrooms [And Here We Are]

Super Easy Sauerkraut [Survival at Home]

Beet and Red Cabbage Kraut [Attainable Sustainable]

Beet and Kohlrabi Sauerkraut [Oh Lardy]

Zesty Broccoli Stem Pickles [Fermentools]

Fermented Sweet Potato [Fermentista]


Fermented Foods: Making kimchi is incredibly easy - just a matter of chopping veggies, really. But this fermented veggie mix is so good for you!

Kimchi [Attainable Sustainable]

Lacto-Fermented Zucchini Sticks [Learning and Yearning]

Giardiniera [Everyday Healthy! Everyday Delicious!]

Lacto-Fermented Beets [Phickle]

Fermented Peppers [Schneiderpeeps]


Surprise! You can make your own "capers" with nasturtium seed pods. These are lacto-fermented for a mellow pop that you can add to salads and other dishes.

Fermented Condiments:

Poor Man’s Pickled Capers [Attainable Sustainable]

Fermented Hot Sauce [Grow Forage Cook Ferment]

Kosher Dills [Joybilee Farm]

Fermented Salsa [Tasty Yummies]

Fermented Chili Paste [Grow, Forage, Cook, Ferment]

Gochujang Korean Chili Paste [Neo-Homesteading]

Probiotic Ketchup [Little Owl, Crunchy Momma]

DIY Tabasco-Style Hot Sauce [Homestead Honey]

Lacto-Fermented Garlic [The Vedge]

Lacto-Fermented Horseradish [Learning and Yearning]

Lacto-Mayonnaise [Modern Hippie Housewife]

Lacto-Fermented Roasted Red Pepper Hummus [Traditional Cooking School]

Fermented Salsa Verde [Yogi Mami]

Lacto-fermented pineapple salsa - great with chicken, fish, or just a spoon!Fermented fruit:

Lacto-Fermented Pineapple Salsa [Attainable Sustainable]

Fermented blueberries [Learning and Yearning]

Cinnamon Apple Chutney [Raia’s Recipes]

Fermented cranberries [Grow, Forage, Cook Ferment]

Lacto-Fermented Pear Butter [Little Owl, Crunch Momma]

Fermented Orange Rind [Hybrid Rasta Mama]

Cranberry Chutney [Raia’s Recipes]

Apple & Daikon Radish Sauerkraut [Pixie’s Pocket]

Spiced Applesauce [Modern Hippie Housewife]

Spicy Fermented Pineapple [Oh Lardy]

Cultured Apricot Fruit Leather [Mommypotamus]

Rhubarb Salsa [Traditional Cooking School]

Fermented Peach Chutney [Fearless Eating]

fermented lemonade

Fermented drinks:

Pineapple Water Kefir [Attainable Sustainable]

How to Make a Gallon of Mead [Grow, Forage, Cook, Ferment]

Fermented Lemonade [Raising Generation Nourished]

Kombucha [Fermentools]

Winter Herb Kvass [Grow, Forage, Cook, Ferment]

Black Raspberry Kvass [Fearless Eating]

Carrot Kanji [Veg Recipes of India]

Homemade Strawberry Soda [Grow, Forage, Cook, Ferment]

Turmeric Lime Soda [It Takes Time]

Elderberry Honey Soda [Empowered Sustenance]

Fermented Plum Brandy [Fresh Bites Daily]

Milk Kefir [Food Renegade]

Beet Kvass [Fermentools]

Jun Tea [Nourished Kitchen]

Rosehip Soda [The Prairie Homestead]

Yup. This post is sponsored by Fermentools. They sent me a kit to experiment with and because I’ve found them to be an excellent and easy way to start fermenting successfully, I’m sharing with you. My disclosure policy is here

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5 thoughts on “Fermented Foods: 50+ Recipes to Get You Started

  • Cris

    Thanks for including me! 🙂 Great post! I will be sharing this tomorrow!

  • Chris

    Thanks so much for including my recipes, Kris. I’m sharing this. And I’m going back into the posts and linking back to this great resources, too. My readers are going to love this virtual recipe book.

  • Patrick Bair

    Man, what a fantastic list! Thank you so much for adding me to it! Anybody that needs to know anything about fermenting has found it here!! 😀