Have you never fermented vegetables? With the help of the pickle press it really becomes easy. You put in fruit and vegetables, wait a few hours and voilà: your actual pickled vegetable. Fermenting for dummies!
Our pickle press are used for short fermentations, ranging from half an hour to about 7 days. Salt initiates fermentation. The amount of salt you use for short fermentations is 2% of the vegetable weight. So you use 8 grams of salt for 400 g of vegetables.
Think of cabbage, beetroot, carrot, onion, cucumber, eggplant or radish. But plums, pineapple and mango are also good. Cut the vegetables or fruit into strips, cubes or (wafer-thin) slices. Your party!
With a good choice of seasonings you give your pickle character. Ideally, you provide a combination of flavors: seaweed for umami, a soy sauce for salt and sushi vinegar or ume for sour. Choose wisely 😉 For most seasonings a few tablespoons on a full pickle press are enough. You can hold a teaspoon with miso and ume.
Preferably use whole seeds, because the taste of fresh herbs really provides more flavor. So mortar them or grind them fine in a spice grinder. These herbs do well in pickles:
So you use 2% salt on your vegetable weight. Do you do a very short fermentation, for example of half an hour? Then use a little less than 2%. Are you moving towards the 7 days? Then use a little more than 2%.
Knead the salt into the vegetables. In Japan kneading is seen as an important part of pickling. You bruise the cell structure of the vegetable, which helps to initiate the pickle process, but which also has a further effect on the digestion.
The sea salt starts the fermentation. During this process, the press creates pressure, which creates moisture. Most of the salt now absorbs into the moisture.
Soft vegetables such as cucumber, tomato and spinach require a fermentation of half an hour to an hour. The harder the vegetables and the larger the pieces, the longer the fermentation. Keep a maximum of 7 days. Taste in between. It should be crispy and salty (but not too salty).
A layer of moisture is created during pickling. Much of the salt is in the moisture, so you usually throw it away. Is your pickle still too salty? Then rinse the vegetables.
Complete your pickle with these (combination of) products:
Can’t get it all at once? You can keep most pickles in the fridge for about 3 days.
Do you have questions? Ask them via Facebook or Instagram or read über cool fermentation book by Peter van Berckel: Tsukémono.