Fermented Zucchini Pickle Chips

What You'll Need

Equipment:
Ingredients:
  • 1lb super fresh and young zucchini or other summer squash
  • 3-5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp loose leaf green tea
  • 1 small handful fresh dill
  • 1 pint non-chlorinated water
  • 1 Tbs sea salt

These fermented zucchini go a long ways toward answering that age-old question--what should I do with ALL THIS ZUCCHINI?!

You should ferment it.

It's quick; just a few days under the brine transforms the familiar summer squash into something else entirely. The pickle chips sparkle and pop with salty effervescence, taking on the flavors of the herbs and garlic. A little tannin from the tea keeps it fresh and crunchy. 

Makes 1 quart
20 minutes prep, 3 days fermentation time

Directions:

1) Prep your veggies

Wash your summer squash and cut away the ends. Be sure to remove the blossom end; it contains enzymes that will make the finished chips softer. Slice into 1/4” rounds with a crinkle cutter or knife.
crinkle cut chips

2) Pack your fermentation vessel (jar)

Fill jar, placing garlic, tea and dill in first. Pack zucchini chips in gently, without crushing or bruising them.
zucchini pickles

3) Make your brine and cover veggies

Dissolve the salt in the pint of water, and pour it over the zucchini chips. Make sure they are all covered by the brine, leaving 1” of space at the top. If you need a bit more brine, mix 1 tsp sea salt into 1 cup of non-chlorinated water and top off quart jar.

4) Weight your veggies

Add something to hold all vegetables down under the brine: a cabbage leaf, small jar or ramekin, ceramic or glass weight, all work well.

porcelain pickling weights 

5) Seal your far and ferment. 

Place the lid semi-closed on jar, or use a jar top fermentation device according to its directions.
fermentation using the pickle pipe

Place the jar in a bowl or on a plate to catch any overflow of brine. Keep the jar on the counter,out of direct sun. If the pickles overflow, unscrew the lid, push the vegetables back down, and pour the overflowed brine back in. Secure the lid once more.

Allow to ferment 3-4 days. After a day or two you will start to see bubbles, and the brine will become cloudy. This is the beneficial bacteria doing their job! Taste your pickles on day 3; if you like them, they are done. Ferment another day if you like them more sour, but they will become soft rapidly after day 4. Refrigerate, and enjoy within 2 weeks!
finished zucchini pickles

Tips for success:
• Use freshest organic produce you can possibly get your hands on— straight from the plant if possible.
• Use highest quality sea salt, not commercial table salt with additives.
• Keep all vegetables under the brine at all times.
• Limit oxygen exposure by using a homemade or store bought airlock system.
• Take notes, keep a fermentation journal, or label ferments with date, salt percentage and recipe.
• Ferment vegetables around 64º-72ºF, out of direct sunlight.

 

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