Fermented Hot Peppers by Bärbucha Fermenterei

Aktualisiert: 22. Dez 2019


This is one of my favorites, as I like hot peppers in any form, being it raw, fermented, pickled, dried, sauced or cooked.

The problem is, though, that unless you make them yourself, it is almost impossible to find fermented peppers being sold. The most common way that to get hot peppers would be in a sauce form or in a vinegar brine. But the vinegar is almost always white, and a lot of times it is corn based & can come from GMO corn. Plus additives & preservatives are unnecessarily added to that mixture & when that happens, I lose any desire of consuming those dead & preserved things that used to be peppers. That is before they were processed.

The above problem that forced me to make my own.

There are many ways to prepare peppers for fermentation, but this particular is one of my favorites. It is actually inspired by a simple Indian pickle.

So, when I get my hands on some decent peppers that are in season, like these:

After, they get washed, it's time for some cutting action:

While I cut these I mix them with some sliced onions & chopped garlic. So eventually, the pepper jars start looking like this:

And when all the peppers are cut:

It is time for some of our Preserved Lemons. They give a wonderful lemony flavor to those peppers. After the lemons it is time for some popped Indian brown mustard seeds & unrefined sea salt:

Then I add some juice from the Preserved Lemons & fill the jars with our filtered & revitalized water. After that, it is time to close the lid. From now on magic happens.

After that our jar(s) go in a warm place & we let the time to do the job. We also place one jar as a showcase piece on our window:

After about a week the color starts to change:

And the fizziness increases, so we have to open the jar on daily basis to release the pressure:

That continues for about one month:

Eventually that calms down, but we still continue fermenting those peppers & after 2 months they look like these:

We finally got our hands on these after 3 months. And they are absolutely delicious. Here's a close up. You can get them as a side:

Or if you want to take some home in a glass jar:

So why would you want to go through all this suffering while eating hot peppers in general?

One, because they are delicious.

Two, they do provide multiple health benefits. Here's a quotation from Livestrong.com: (1*)

" Peppers that contain capsaicin include jalapenos, habaneros, cayenne, serrano, cherry peppers and even bell peppers. Eating peppers in the capsaicin family can benefit you because they play a role in digestive health, cardiovascular health and in long-term cancer prevention"

And a visual aid from Healthdigezt.com (2*)

Ingredients: Hot Peppers, Filtered & Revitalized Water, Onions, Unrefined Sea Salt, Preserved Lemons, Brown Mustard Seeds, Garlic

Sources:

(1*) https://www.livestrong.com/article/390918-are-hot-peppers-good-for-you/

(2*) http://www.healthdigezt.com

Disclaimer: All medical information in this post is merely information & not advise. If you need medical advice, please consult your doctor or other appropriate medical professional.

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