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Fermented Hot Peppers by Bärbucha Fermenterei

Aktualisiert: 7. Mai

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

Fermented Hot Pepper -Bärbucha Fermenterei
Fermented Hot Pepper -Bärbucha Fermenterei

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 (which can come from GMO corn).

Plus additives and preservatives are unnecessarily added to that mixture and when that happens, I lose any desire of consuming those dead, and preserved things that used to be peppers.

The above mentioned problem, forced me to make my own.

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

And when I get my hands on some decent peppers that are in season, it is time to make the magic.

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

When they are all cut up, I mix them with some sliced onions and chopped garlic.

So eventually, the pepper jars start looking like this:

Next, 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, and unrefined sea salt:

Finally, I fill the jars with our filtered and revitalized water. After that, it is time to close the lid.

From now on, magic happens.

We keep our pepper jar(s) in a warm place, and we let time and the microbes do their job.

After about a week the color starts to change.

The fizziness also increases, so we have to open the jar on daily basis to release the pressure.

This continues for about one month, or longer.

Eventually things calm down. After about 2 months, our peppers look like these:

After 3 months, they are absolutely delicious. Here's a close up.

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

Besides being delicious, they also have multiple health benefits.

Here are some of them quoted by

"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 some more from

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

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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