Storing Fermented Vegetables
Fermenting vegetables can create a nutrient-dense condiment with a deep flavor. If you’ve been fermenting vegetables, you may be wondering how best to store them. Here we explain the proper methods for storing fermented vegetables to ensure they stay safe and delicious.
Room Temperature Method
The easiest way to store fermented vegetables is at room temperature for no longer than 1 month. Be sure the container is completely sealed as oxygen will encourage spoilage and mold growth. To keep the temperature consistent, store in a cool, dark spot away from direct sunlight and heating.
In the Refrigerator
If you can’t store the vegetables at room temperature, or you want to keep them for longer, the refrigerator is a good option. This will help the vegetables to keep longer – up to 3 months – but you’ll need to be extra careful about sealing the jar or container tightly.
In the Freezer
Finally, fermented vegetables can also be stored in the freezer, where they will keep for up to a year. Place them in an airtight freezer bag or container, taking care to squeeze out the remaining air. Make sure you defrost the vegetables in the refrigerator before use.
Here are some ideas for incorporating fermented vegetables into your diet:
- Toss into salads
- Add to steamed/stir fried vegetables
- Spread over toasted sourdough
- Mix into smoothies
- Serve over grain bowls
- Use as a condiment
Whether you store your fermented vegetables at room temperature, in the refrigerator or the freezer, careful handling will ensure they stay safe and full of flavor.