Fermented Kale by Shauna
800g Kale (finely sliced/chopped)
200g Cabbage (finely sliced - if working with a small amount of kale)
20g Salt (non iodised sea salt)
Thoroughly clean a large bowl and clip top jar.
In the large bowl bring together all the ingredients and weigh.
Take 2% of your veg weight in salt (i.e 1kg combined veg/ingredients = 20g salt)
and mix through with thoroughly clean hands.
Continue to combine, squeezing a little, letting it rest and continuing- the kale/cabbage should release liquid and we want as much as possible.
Once your mixture has reduced nicely and has a good amount of brine, transfer it to the jar, little by little, pressing down firmly with each handful.
Ideally you want a 2 finger width space at the top of the jar, and the veg to be totally covered with the brine. Use a glass weight/clean small glass jar/ cabbage leaves to press it down.
Close and leave to sit on the counter top for a few days. It will start to ferment and release it's own gasses, although from time to time you can gently and slowly open the jar to release the gas, then close again.
Lacto-fermenting needs an anaerobic environment, so wants to be closed and not exposed to air as much as possible - while being submerged in that magical brine, to ensure no spoilage.
Once fermented (5 days to taste, leave longer to allow for further fermenting - around 21 days for a full cycle, but it's also about taste preference)
Play around with flavour combinations, they are endless! -Served here on Sourdough topped with British fava bean hummus, zaatar sprinkle & pickled turnip.
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