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Fermented Pickled Carrot Sticks

This is a fool-proof recipe to make fermented pickled carrot sticks. It requires no starter culture, just a bit of time and patience.

If you’re a fan of pickles, believe me, you’re going to want to try this fermented carrot stick recipe.

Fermented Pickled Carrot Sticks - Make Your Own Probiotics - Gluten-free and Vegan Fermentation Recipe - Tayler Silfverduk, celiac dietitian

Fermented Carrot Sticks Are Nutritious

These fermented pickled carrot sticks are packed full of nutrients an gut support properties.

That’s because fermented foods nourish your gut microbiome with nutrients and live probiotics. Something many need, especially those with damaged guts, like with celiac. (Learn more about probiotics and celiac here).

Additionally, fermented foods have more bioavailable forms of nutrients. This means the nutrients and minerals in these fermented carrot sticks can be absorbed easier than if you weren’t to ferment them.

Thus, making this recipe an easy and affordable way to boost your nutrition.

These Fermented Carrot Sticks Require No Starter

These fermented carrot sticks are started using a method of fermentation called “wild fermentation”. Wild fermentation is a method of fermenting that does not use starter cultures.

Instead, wild fermenting involves using the bacteria and prebiotics present in the ferment to build an entirely new culture!

Wild fermentation allows you to start your own ferments without the hassle of trying to track down expensive starter cultures. It’s easier than you think so don’t let it intimidate you!

What You Need to Ferment Carrot Sticks

The two most important ingredients in this Fermented Pickled Carrot recipe are the distilled water and the carrots. If you don’t have distilled water, your ferment can quickly spoil, and if you don’t have carrots well… that’s the whole point of the recipe.

The star of the show, the carrot sticks will stay crunchy throughout the process so you end up with a delicious and crisp pickled snack.

The fresh dill in this recipe will help give your carrot sticks a delicious pickled flavor.

The thinly sliced garlic not only adds to the pickled flavor but also acts as a prebiotic for our ferment (prebiotics help feed good bacteria to help them grow into a healthy culture).

And salt will help things stay kosher so no bad bacteria can take over.

Fermented Pickled Carrot Sticks - Make Your Own Probiotics - Gluten-free and Vegan Fermentation Recipe - Tayler Silfverduk, celiac dietitian

Fermented Pickled Carrot Sticks

Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time17 minutes
Course: Ferment, Salads, Snacks
Cuisine: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Picnic, Vegan / Plantbased
Servings: 1 quart size jar of pickles


  • 2 sprigs fresh dill
  • 1-2 cloves galic
  • 2 pounds whole carrots
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1-2 cups distilled water (it is very important that the water is distilled!)


  • Wash and peel the skins of the whole carrots
  • Cut the peeled and washed carrots into carrot sticks
  • Peel and finely slice the garlic cloves
  • Wash and dry 2 sprigs of dill
  • In a widemouth quart sized jar, pack in the carrot sticks (and I mean P-A-C-K them in!) You can tilt the jar to find more places to squeeze in the sticks
  • After stuffing the jar full of carrot sticks, add in the sea salt to the jar
  • Place the sliced garlic and sprigs of dill in the jar
  • Cover the ingredients with distilled water (but be sure to leave abut an inch of free space from the waterline to the opening of the jar)
  • Place a air-tight lid on the jar and let sit for a week (or until the carrots have reached your desired taste) MAKE SURE you burp the jar atleast every 2 days while fermenting!
  • Once the carrot sticks have reached your desired taste, place jar in the fridge for storage
  • Enjoy!


*If you're using organic carrots, you may leave the skin on and just wash the carrots very well before chopping into snacking sticks.
*When you burp your jar, use this time to check on your ferment to make sure it's growing healthy! You want to look for bubbles on top of the water and along the water line. If you see mold this is a sign that your good bacteria is struggling to start a culture and you may need to try again.

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