Instead of tossing your beet greens, use them to make fermented beet green kimchi – a spicy side dish with a boost of gut-healthy probiotics!
If you have been fermenting for any amount of time, you’ll know that every ferment is a bit of an experiment. Some foods are more successful when left to ferment for 3+ weeks. Others are delicious after just a few days.
I was a bit hesitant to write about fermented beet tops – after all, it’s not something that’s super popular (or even popular at all). I wanted to make sure the batch was good and others agreed that it was worth doing again and again.
My oldest daughter has been a bit of a soup kick the last few weeks. Most recently she put her first batch of Borscht on the dinner table with some sour cream. She kept the beet tops and decided that there had to be a way to use them without tossing them… and she was right. I would have done the same thing.
You can ferment almost anything actually. One of my favorite ferments is hot sauce – it requires your favorite peppers, salt and water.
Beet Green Kimchi
This Beet Green Kimchi is a variation of traditional kimchi. It combines our leftover beet greens with ginger, chiles, and onions. It’s easy to throw together and uses up something that would have normally been tossed (beet tops).
The result is an earthy flavor that packs a some serious heat. The process of making this beet green kimchi is easy. Combine a few ingredients, cover, wait and then enjoy.
In a quart canning jar, combine all of your ingredients. Mash them down, because the more you mash, the more liquid you will draw out of the greens. Mash enough & you won’t have to add additional water. The liquid from the greens will be enough to cover the contents of the jar.
Things to remember:
- When fermenting, avoid using plastic or metal containers/utensils.
- Layer your beet greens between the other ingredients to make sure everything gets distributed well.
- Sprinkle your mash with 2% salt (if you are using a quart canning jar, then 2% of 32 oz is .64 oz.) Mash the greens, and draw out the liquid, or top off with water.
- Start tasting your ferment after 3-4 days. Then put in the fridge to slow fermentation.
- Once refrigerated, fermented foods will be fine for a few months.
Beet Green Kimchi
- 2 green onions chopped
- 2 Tbsp ginger peeled and minced
- 3 garlic cloves peeled and minced
- 8 beet greens chopped
- 2 tsp red pepper flakes
- sea salt as needed
- water as needed
- In a quart canning jar, combine the ingredients - layering the garlic and onions between the greens. Sprinkle with salt as you layer... you want a 2% brine (which is .64 oz of salt).
- Pound the greens down until they start to release their own juices. If you mash them enough, there will be enough juice to cover the contents of the jar. If not, top off with a little water.
- Lay a fermentation weight in the top of the jar to keep everything submerged, or use a jelly jar in the mouth of the quart canning jar.
- Top with an airlock, and allow to ferment anywhere from 2-7 days until it tastes the way you like. Then move to the refrigerator to slow fermentation.
Have you ever thought of fermenting beet tops?
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