Recipe: Ginger Carrots for a Healthy Gut


With a little bit of fermenting technique, ginger carrots will be your new go-to snack! They are pretty pricey at natural food stores so learning to make your own will surely be worthwhile as long as you can wait the 2 to 4 weeks they take to ferment. Waiting that long really is the hardest part of this recipe!

The following excerpt is from The Heal Your Gut Cookbook by Hilary Boynton and Mary G. Brackett. It has been adapted for the web.

Ginger Carrots

Makes 1 quart

Several years ago at a Weston A. Price conference, I had the pleasure of hearing Scott Grzybek of Zukay Live Foods speak about fermentation. His delightful demonstration on how to make ginger carrots was revelatory, as I had been spending a small fortune on them at the natural food store (no joke)! They are one of my absolute favorite ferments: delicious as a snack for kids and beautiful on a crudité platter for guests. This recipe can be used with broccoli and cauliflower as well.


  • 4–6 carrots, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 2­inch piece of ginger or 2 cloves garlic, sliced very thin
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • Starter culture (2 tablespoons whey, juice from previous batch, or vegetable starter culture from Cultures for Health)
  • Filtered water


In a bowl, thoroughly mix the carrot sticks, ginger, salt, and starter culture. Place in a quart-sized mason jar, and fill with filtered water to the shoulder, about 1 inch from the top. Shake the jar a bit and make sure that the culture and salt are evenly distributed. Place on your counter, out of the sun, for 2 to 4 weeks. Store in the fridge.

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