Asheville-based fermentation educator and blogger Janelle Lucido-Conate is a firm believer that anyone with an interested mind and a jar can make fermented foods at home. Lucido-Conate recently joined Xpress in the test kitchen at Selina Naturally to share her method for making a very simple vegetable ferment: spicy pickled carrots.
For fermentation enthusiasts, the process is almost spiritual. Cultured foods “are the food of the people,” they say. “It belongs to all of us. It’s not just for foodies … or people who can afford to go out and buy raw, fermented foods at the store; it’s for all of us.”
Many of the area’s fermentation pioneers were no doubt inspired or influenced by the work of author and do-it-yourself-food activist Sandor Ellix Katz. His books — which include The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved: Inside America’s Underground Food Movements, Wild Fermentation and The Art of Fermentation — have helped spark the modern fermentation revival.