How to Make Fermented Salsa

Who does not like salsa? We eat salsa and chips for a snack. Put salsa on our scrambled eggs. Have it in tacos or burritos or on top of taco salad. I make a Mexican rice dish that we embellish with salsa, sour cream, and chips. And, salsa is always an option when we have a potato bar meal. In fact, I cannot imagine doing without some form of this condiment in my kitchen. If you want to learn how to make fermented salsa, keep reading. 

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The first time I fermented salsa, I tried the recipe found in Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. It is okay, as far as salsa recipes go. But then I tried doing my own. I simply made fresh pico de gallo the way I normally would, added the whey and salt that the Nourishing Traditions recipe called for, and it was oh, so good.

How to Make Fermented Salsa

A Fermented Salsa Recipe

  • Dice equal amounts of tomato, jalapeno pepper, and onion. I dice them up pretty small so that I can fit more on a chip.
  •  Finely chop a large bunch of cilantro and add to the vegetables.
  •  Squeeze the juice of a lime over the mixture and stir.
  • For each quart of vegetables, add 1 scant tablespoon Himalayan Powder Salt and 4 tablespoons whey.
  •  Place in quart-sized, wide-mouth jar and press down slightly to submerge the vegetables.
  • Add more water, if needed.
  •  Apply weight, lid, and airlock.
  • Keep at room temperature for two days before transferring to cold storage.

A few more tips

  •  To get your kids to eat fermented foods, substitute this recipe for your salsa in a jar. If they balk, mix it in a little at a time until they are only eating the fermented salsa.
  •  Like a little more heat? Keep some of the jalapeno seeds in the mixture.
  •  And, if you like less heat, substitute some green bell pepper for some of the jalapenos.

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In the Fermentools store, you will find fermentation lids for Mason jars, glass weights, and that special Himalayan Powder salt that dissolves in cool water. Better yet, get a kit! Everything you need in one package.

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