DIY: Easy Fermented Cauliflower

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Cauliflower has so many nutritional benefits, but with my thyroid condition, I need to be aware of consuming vegetables from the brassica family. I thought to myself, what if I use fermentation to make cauliflower more thyroid-friendly? It worked! And I gain the benefits of eating fermented foods as well as not adversely affecting my thyroid.

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

Ferments provide live probiotics and enzymes which give a boost to the digestive system's ability to break down foods, as well as increase absorption of nutrients. Brassicas/cruciferous veggies are an important part of a healthy diet, but for people with thyroid conditions it’s important to consume them in fermented and cooked preparations to reduce the goitrogenic properties that are present in the raw form.

By Hillary Bergh
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DIY: Easy Fermented Cauliflower

  • Prep Time:10 mins
  • Cook Time:4 days for fermentation
  • Servings: Makes one jar

Ingredients

1 teaspoon sea salt

2 cups water (filtered)

1 head cauliflower (cut into small florets)

1-2 teaspoons optional spices: mustard seed, peppercorn, turmeric powder, juniper berry, celery seed, fennel seed

Instructions

  1. Dissolve sea salt completely in water to create brine.
  2. Fill mason jar with cauliflower, arranging to prevent large gaps between pieces, keeping 2″ below rim of jar.
  3. Add optional spices to jar.
  4. Pour brine into jar to 1/2″ below rim of jar, tapping on jar to remove trapped air bubbles, and making sure all cauliflower is covered with brine.
  5. Install fermentation airlock kit as instructed on packaging.
  6. Keep at stable room temperature (65-75°) for 4 days.
  7. Open and taste. If it’s sour enough for you liking, replace fermentation airlock kit with standard jar lid and transfer to refrigerator to halt further fermenting. If not, continue fermenting for up to 14 days until you are pleased with the flavor.
Dissolve sea salt completely in water to create brine. Fill mason jar with cauliflower, arranging to prevent large gaps between pieces, keeping 2″ below rim of jar. Add optional spices to jar. Pour brine into jar to 1/2″ below rim of jar, tapping on jar to remove trapped air bubbles, and making sure all cauliflower is covered with brine. Install fermentation airlock kit as instructed on packaging. Keep at stable room temperature (65-75°) for 4 days. Open and taste. If it’s sour enough for you liking, replace fermentation airlock kit with standard jar lid and transfer to refrigerator to halt further fermenting. If not, continue fermenting for up to 14 days until you are pleased with the flavor.

Nutrition Information

Per Jar:  Calories: 144; Total Fat: 1g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 2421mg; Potassium: 0mg; Carbohydrate: 30g; Fiber: 14g; Sugar: 14g; Protein: 11g

Nutrition Bonus:  Vit C: 445%; Iron: 14%; Calcium: 13%

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11 thoughts on “DIY: Easy Fermented Cauliflower

  1. Brezlyn

    I also really love to use red chili flakes, caraway seeds, coriander seeds, or cumin seeds in my fermented veggies, especially cauliflower and sauerkraut.

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  2. Nelda Ann Cox

    I love learning new ideas of eating healthier especially anything to help my digestive tract. I’m looking forward to the new year and feeling better…ty

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  3. Mary

    I did this and the brine turned very very cloudy did I ruin it it tastes ok but wonder what happened. I did another batch last week and stayed clear for 4 days and then in fridge for 1 week still clear brine?

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  4. Emilie

    Ok, pickled beets yes, cucumbers yes, carrots yes… but cauliflower?! This was a new one for me. I can’t wait to try it. Hillary, what’s your favorite spice combo for this recipe? do you use all the optional ones listed?

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