Having a jar of cultured vegetables in your fridge is a must. They can last for over nine months in the fridge and can be very helpful if you have stomach distress of any kind be it food poisoning or stomach cramps. Just a spoonful of the juice works mightily and will calm your stomach down within a few minutes. You need a jar in your fridge to see how effective this can be. Powerful food that works like medicine when you need it the most. Let me show you how to make a jar. It's easy and fun!

The superstar bacteria in cultured vegetables is called Lactobacillus plantarum (L. plantarum). It is extremely hardy, survives stomach acid with ease, and can make the full trip from your mouth – to your intestines – to your colon – to colonize you in a powerful way. L. plantarum is a welcome guest that works mightily for you by fiercely attacking pathogenic (bad) bacteria in your body. It will strengthen your good bacteria by killing the bad guys, and then it helps your own good bacteria grow stronger, and helps you to be more resistant to future invasions of pathogens. It's important to note that this is a transient bacteria which means it will only last a few days in the body so it's important to consume it often.

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You first must choose the vessel you will use to ferment the vegetables. You can use a canning jar with a lid, a crock with a lid, a clamp-down jar that has a gasket, or my favorite is a jar with an airlock lid. Airlock jars create a low-oxygen, or anaerobic, environment in which lactic-acid bacteria may thrive. It creates the best results with less chance of mold, but airlock jars are not absolutely necessary.


Decide Which Method to Use

You will then choose whether to use a starter culture or whether to ferment without one. You can certainly make them without a culture, but the good bacteria will stay at a higher level longer if you add a culture. This will also increase your own body’s ability to use and grow these good bacteria inside of you. The one that I believe does this the best is Cutting Edge Cultures.

The three fermenting methods are listed below.

1: Using A Starter Culture

Cutting Edge Cultures is my favorite starter culture. It ferments my veggies perfectly every time and gives me tons of probiotics. I actually helped design this product to give you more L. plantarum (super bacteria) than anything else on the market. That being said, you don’t have to buy my product to make cultured veggies. You can make cultured veggies with kefir whey, salt, or another brand of starter culture, but I’ve simply found that Cutting Edge Cultures works the best. I just want you to make really good cultured veggies so you can reap the many health benefits that they offer.

2: Without A Starter Culture

The method of using just salt to make cultured veggies has been around forever. Most methods using salt will ferment them for three to six weeks. I don’t recommend fermenting them for this long since it diminishes the probiotics as the bacteria run out of food and the acidifying bacteria turn to a more vinegar-type of brine over time.  It’s important to use extra salt (three tablespoons per gallon of veggies) if you’re not using a culture. You need to drop the pH and without enough salt, you won’t achieve the safe and proper balance to allow them to ferment properly. The only veggie I recommend fermenting with salt is cabbage. Cabbage works very well, but other veggies don’t ferment properly and don’t have the proper pH so I recommend only doing cabbage recipes.

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3: Using Kefir Whey

If you make a lot of kefir cheese and have extra whey, then you can use it to make cultured veggies. You need to make sure the kefir whey is freshly strained (within a day of straining) before using it. Otherwise, the culture won’t have the proper bacteria strains to culture your veggies properly. One of the reasons I don’t use kefir whey is that there are a lot of different bacteria in kefir that aren’t specific to cultured veggies. Lactobacillus plantarum (L. plantarum) is the primary one that you’re looking for in cultured veggies. The diverse bacteria and yeasts in kefir whey compete for dominance as to which one will rule. This makes L. plantarum diminish. Sometimes this can change the taste of the veggies over time. It just depends on what’s going on with the bacteria in your batch. Each batch has a mind of its own! Kefir whey still makes good cultured veggies, I’ve just gotten pickier over time and want to get the most L. plantarum I can. It’s got superpowers!

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Gather Your Ingredients

Buy the freshest veggies you can find. This makes summertime ideal, although I’ve cultured a lot of vegetables in the winter too. You’ll get less kahm yeast which is a harmless white yeast that can occur if your veggies aren’t fresh. You’ll want to remove it if you see it because it can make your veggies taste bad. You can culture almost any vegetable. As a general rule of thumb, cabbage takes six days, while most other veggies like carrots, tomatoes, asparagus, etc., can take two to three days. Check out my recipes to see more detailed instructions.

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Choose Your Recipe

Let’s get started! We have over  100 cultured veggie recipes to choose from. Be creative! Mix and Match!! Turn your kitchen into a culturing haven!!! We have a basic recipe listed below, as well as this video:

Cultured Veggie Recipe

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Here is a basic kraut recipe to get you started:

Basic Kraut

This is a basic kraut recipe that can be modified by adding more veggies and fruits if you desire. It's fun to experiment and I have over 90 veggie recipes you can try on my recipes page. You can make this recipe again and again so you'll always have a jar of delicious probiotic veggies in your fridge that can last for nine months - perfectly preserved.

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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snacks
Servings: 1 gallon


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  • If using the starter culture, stir together the culture and ½ cup of water. Let the mixture sit while you prepare the ingredients—around 10 minutes. If using kefir whey, add it when the recipe calls for culture.
  • Remove outer leaves of cabbage and cut out the core.
  • Shred cabbage into desired length. You can use a food processor or shred by hand. You can chop it finely or in thicker pieces - it's up to you!
  • Add your cabbage to a large bowl, add salt, and toss with cabbage to combine evenly.
  • Add in extra veggies, fruit, or seasonings if desired, and toss together to evenly combine.
  • Pack cabbage into canning jars. Make sure you save two inches at the top of the jar for the cabbage to expand.
  • Add the prepared Cutting Edge Cultures or kefir whey to the jar or jars. Spread it evenly.
  • Fill the jar with water. Leave 2 to 3 inches at the top of the jar for your kraut to expand.
  • Place secure lids or airlocks on jars. Set in a cool place, out of sunlight for 6 to 7 days. After 6 days, taste them and if they're tart tasting they're ready to be eaten or placed in the refrigerator.


You can check the vegetables every day to make sure they are fully submerged in the water. If they have risen above the water, simply push them down so they are fully covered by the water or add more water to cover. If any white spots formed because the veggies rose above the water, do not worry. Remember, this isn’t harmful. Just scoop out the vegetables that have the white spots on them and push the rest back under the water. These can last at least 9 months or longer in your fridge.

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Having a jar of cultured vegetables in your fridge is a must. They can last for over nine months in the fridge and can be very helpful if you have stomach distress of any kind be it food poisoning or stomach cramps. let me show you how easy it is to make these veggies and how powerful they can be.

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