Tuscan Tomatoes

Tomatoes tend to get soggy the longer they ferment. This is due to the acidity of tomatoes. Salt will help keep vegetables that are fermenting firmer and crunchy, so don't skip the salt. This is one of my husband's favorite cultured vegetables and one he will actually make himself. We love to serve this with Tomato Bruschetta, check out the recipe!
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snacks
Servings: 1 quart


  • 1/8 teaspoon Cutting Edge Cultures - or you can use 1/8 cup kefir whey
  • 1/2 cup Water - for mixing the culture
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes - chopped in half
  • 3 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1/3 cup basil - freshly chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon Celtic Sea Salt - I like to add more Celtic sea salt on top just before I serve it
  • Water - filtered or spring water


  • If using the starter culture, stir together the culture and 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.
  • Place the tomatoes, garlic, basil, and salt, in a large bowl and toss to combine.
  • Add the mixture to a quart glass jar that can be securely sealed.
  • Add the Cutting Edge Culture or kefir whey and cover with water, leaving and inch or two at the top.
  • Seal the container and let it sit on your kitchen counter, out of direct sunlight, for 1 day.
  • Place in the refrigerator and store for up to two weeks. The sooner you eat them the better they taste!


Note- It is best to use a starter culture when culturing tomatoes. I have found the salt method doesn't always work as well. These will last a few weeks in the refrigerator.