Pickled curcuma with ginger in honey is a great starter for fermented drinks. The rhizomes are mixed with honey and black pepper to create a foundation for sauces, marinades and sodas. Honey is naturally antibacterial because the sugar binds all water, but if you add water and saturate it, you can turn it into mead. The fruit juices of the rhizomes reduce the amount of needed water.
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Step 1: Ingredients
Step 2: Prepare the Container
Although we want a spontaneous fermentation, we don't want any other microorganisms in our container. This is why you let it rest in boiling water for 15 minutes and then dry the container on a spread out kitchen towel.
Weigh 250grams of liquid honey. Add 3 tablespoons of water, or 30ml. I use mineral water without carbonates to not degrade the quality. Then stir it thoroughly to enable a fermentation process in the entire mixture.
Step 4: Pepper
Step 5: Weigh the Rhizomes
Weigh 125grams of curcuma and 200grams of ginger. Use rigid rhizomes to avoid spoilage.
Step 6: Washing the Rhizomes
Always use disposable gloves, the curcuma colours anything yellow to orange. The rhizome also contains a sticky resin that will make it even worse. Scrub them off with a brush and then remove all black parts with a knife.
Step 7: Shredding
Either shred or mince the rhizomes into the glass jar with the watered honey. Add the peppercorns half way through and stir.
Step 8: Clasps
Fill in the rest and stir the mixture. Then clean the rim with a paper towel, put the lid on top and fix the tension clips.
Step 9: Stirring
The surface is not covered by the liquid, therefor you have to stir the pickle every day. Make sure there is a sufficient change between the stuff on top and below. This will prevent mould spores from getting oxygen and the growth. After some days you will see the first bubbles which indicate fermentation. This can take up to 3 weeks. Or just 3 days.
Step 10: Fermentation
Once the fermentation has started, the bubbles will get stuck between the shredded rhizomes and lift them. Stir until the bottom then, to release the gas.
Step 11: Making a Sauce With It
Take single cream and some butter, heat it in a saucepan with a tablespoon of the pickled curcuma and then serve it with your food.
Step 12: Making a Soda With It
Take 2 teaspoons from your ferment and add it to a fruit juice. Let it rest in the fridge for 2 to 3 days. It will be a sparkling and refreshing drink then.Enjoy the fermented curcuma with every food or drink you like. It really improves the taste.