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Fermented Sweet & Sour Cauliflower

A sweet and sour sauce made from fresh veggies and spices poured over cauliflower and fermented.
Prep Time15 mins
Servings: 8
Author: Amanda Nicole Smith


  • 1 head cauliflower; small


  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 cup celeriac
  • 1/8 cup parsnip
  • 1/8 cup salt
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1.5 tbsp ginger
  • 1.5 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp rice flour; or 1/4 tsp xanthan gum


  • Blend together all of the sauce ingredients.
  • Pull apart the cauliflower into bite-sized pieces.
  • Mix together the cauliflower and sauce in a mixing bowl.
  • Stuff the cauliflower tightly into a sanitized quart sized mason jar and cover with either a metal band lid or an airlock lid.
  • Ferment on the counter for 2-4 days, releasing some of the carbon dioxide twice a day.
  • Once done, store in the fridge.


You can decide when it's done by either tasting it and liking it, or waiting for the carbon dioxide release to slow down.
Sanitize the jar in a dishwasher or in boiling water for 10 minutes.