This summer, my friend Becky, gave me a crash course in fermenting. I was reading Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon (while drinking a coke . . . oh my . . . I am full of contradictions), but I didn’t think I had a mentor to show me the way. Until, we were over at Becky’s house for tacos and there on her counter was a big jar of fermenting cabbage.
She was making a big batch of sauerkraut in the middle of the summer. It smelled delicious and as she explained each simple step, I was amazed how easy it was to make something that was so beautiful. The purple cabbage looked electric, and as it leached its water over the next few days, it melded and mellowed in color.
I thought I would be a pro like her when I started. No, no. Not so.
This did not happen, I did not listen. I missed a crucial step–I did not weigh down the cabbage under the cabbage water. And I did not leave it in plain sight so that I could tend to it as needed. And it molded. It stunk and it turned black.
SO. A few months later, when I tried fermenting again, I started with salsa.
Salsa is easy to make, hard to screw up, and everyone loves it. Plus, with my tiny kitchen, I doubted I would lose sight of it.
It was so EASY.
I used my food processor to make it much easier. A few minutes later, I had my own babushka of bubbling brew.
- 5 medium tomatoes, cored
- 1 onion, chopped into four big pieces (papery skins and hard tops removed)
- 2 bell peppers (I use red)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 TBSP sea salt
- OPTIONAL: Squeeze of Lemon
- Chop all produce in a food processor or by hand. Add salt and lemon. Take a small, plastic zipper bag filled and sealed with something heavy (I use rocks) to weigh down the pulp of the salsa in the juice. In 24 hours, all the pulp should be below the level of the juice. If not, mix a bit of salt into a few tablespoons of water and add to the jar. Leave on your counter, wrapped in a napkin to cover it for 48 hours. Store in the refrigerator with a lid for up to 14 days, if it lasts that long. Enjoy.
Mary Arteche, Founder & Editor-
Mary Arteche and her family live a small life in a vibrant way in Sky Valley, California. For her day job, she homeschools her kiddos and is a nanny to her niece. For her side gig, she’s a website designing, marketing consulting, art directing ninja. She’s passionate about the outdoors and making life an adventure. She loves printmaking, hiking, photography and finding the best cup of coffee. She just completed the Yosemite Half Marathon. Really.
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