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I didn’t grow many carrots this year, because they are usually eaten up by carrot fly larve. The ones that made it through the summer were, however, very nice – big and almost no bugs.

Instead of trying to save them in the root cellar, I preserve them with the help of lactic acid bacteria.

This is definitely not enough for the year, so I’ll have to buy more carrots from a friend who has better growing conditions, and remember to grow more next year.

While the garden is taking almost all of my time with the seeding, planting, weeding, cultivating, watering, harvesting and marketing, I must take some time for other stuff like making some more pickles before I run out (like 4 weeks before I run out). Last week we made a big batch of store bought eco carrots.

The other day we made a big batch of sauerkraut too.

I wonder if it all will last until I harvest my own carrots and cabbage in the fall?

My own carrots are never enough or good enough – small, and lots of carrot fly larvae. This year was much better, but as usual, I bought bigger and better carrots from old friend Pelle. 

And took the best for fermentation. 


The result;


Half with garlic and caraway seeds,  the other half with garlic and ginger. 

I noticed that my pickled carrots were running out, so time to make some more. It’s that season now. 



Remember, just carrots and 1.5% salt is all you need, but I season with garlic and caraway seeds.


They’ll be ready in 4 weeks. 

I’m going to try to increase my sales this year, and there is a big vegetarian festival in Uppsala coming up, that I will be participing in this year, so I bought some eco carrots to make some more lactic fermented carrots. 

Cleaned and peeled 

Shredded 
Then mixed with 1.5% salt and herbs and packed into jars for at least one month fermenting. 

12 kilos of carrots have become 2 kilos of peels for the compost and 10 kilos of pickles. I don’t like throwing away so much, so I took out the small, skinny carrots, just cleaned them well, and made a separate batch with them. It’s in the 2 jars on the left. You may notice that they have a darker brown color because of the peels, and many customers think they look less appetizing, so the sales might not be as good. We can always eat them up ourselves. The middle one is spiced with fresh ginger. The 2 on the right are spiced with caraway seeds, as are the peely ones. 

 

2 days later – I realised that I forgot to put the garlic in. Bad. So I opened each jar and pushed a few cloves in. It was a bit messy because the fermentation process was already going strong. Trapped CO2 fizzed and bubbled over, but I’m sure I saved the batch. 

Fall is here, the days are still warm, the nights are cold, and still no frost. As I dig up the potatoes, carrots etc, I might as well start digging for winter. 

   
 

It will soon be time to plant next years garlic too. 

A friend at the farmers market last saturday said he was going to set his onions when he got home. My experience is that starting too early never works. Onions started later always seem to catch up (i don’t usually start until mid may). But with global warming and conducive weather, I try again.

  

  

So, 3 raised beds in the 2 vegetable crop circles are planted with red and yellow onion sets, with carrots and spinach in the rows between. It can’t do any harm, and I may get earlier vegs for us and the market. 

I must do some pickling too, so that I have a good supply for the spring markets.

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With only a little salt (and spices), 10 kilos of eco carrots becomes 8.5 kilos of pickles.

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You’ll find the recipe in ‘How to do natural pickling’ under the menu above.

I made a lot of lactic acid pickles this week so that I have more to sell at the autumn markets.

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Cucumbers, sauerkraut, kimchi and carrots.

10 kilos of carrots have been cleaned and shredded, mixed with salt, caraway seed and garlic, packed and are now ready for the lactic acid bacteria to do their job.

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