Here is a very quick ferment using my favorite vegetable – the carrot! Probiotics are good for the gut/digestion. Have a few of these carrots with your cooked meals for better digestion.
Ingredients: 16-ounce bag of organic carrots 2 – 3 garlic cloves 1.5 TB sea salt 32 ounces of filtered water 1 bay leaf
Optional: Any additional fresh vegetables.
Supplies: 32-ounce mason jar with a lid
Directions: 1. Mix your brine – 32 ounces of filtered water with 1.5 TBS Salt and allow it to fully dissolve. 2. Put carrots (vegetables), garlic, and bay leaf into a 32-ounce mason jar. 3. Add brine to cover all of the vegetables. 4. Add lid and store in a corner on your countertop or in a cabinet for at least three days (if you live in a colder climate, add a few extra days). 5. Taste on day three to see if the vegetables have a “pickled” taste – if so they are ready.
Hello to all. I’m still dealing with this nasty ‘bug’ as I create this post. This must really be a BAD ONE y’all. I never get sick! My 4-year old dogs are looking at me as if to say, “What’s wrong mommy? We’ve never seen you like this.” Those little sweet things.
So here I am, trying my best to cope. It started with my husband and he agrees that it’s pretty BAD! (So I’m not just being a weenie-whiner because I haven’t seen sick in a long while.)
When my youngest was small, until we figured out her triggers, she would often come down with respiratory issues. This was my “go-to” recipe for her and even as a small kid she never had any complaints about taking this medicine.
Back then I didn’t have an InstantPot, so I would just put the onions in the honey and allow to soak overnight. Not sure if I ever thought about heating them on low on the stove-top to speed up the process until I found the recipe online today.
My idea is that by using an InstantPot, I could set it on low for an hour and not be concerned that they would burn and it WORKED!
Why onions? Onions are rich in antioxidants which make them anti-inflammmatory agents.
Why honey? Well, it’s sweet and makes it easy to tolerate the onions. Additionally, it has anti-bacterial properties – so it’s simply a good carrier for the other items in the syrup. Some say it allows the medicine to stick to the throat too.
Why rosemary? Science says it has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties.
Here is the recipe I used today:
BUT, I got to thinking….my original recipe (back-in-the-day) used all fresh ingredients. So I added more fresh rosemary and more fresh onions to the jar. I will let it sit overnight just as I used to do. I need the most potent recipe I can find!
NOW, about those leftover onions…
They remained chewy, as one might guess. I just take a few to munch on when I pass by them.
Another idea: I have also been using some unsulphured ginger candies as throat lozenges for night-time. I think I will try making my own by soaking in honey and then dehydrating.
Note: The links to the InstantPot store are links through which I receive a small commission should you decide to make a purchase. I use my InstantPot just about every day. In fact, I have two of them.