Do you need vegetable starter cultures when fermenting vegetables? Nope. Everything you need for a lacto-ferment is in the veggie itself in the form of a bacteria species called Lactobacillus (hence why it’s called “lacto” fermenting). That doesn’t mean you won’t still find recipes that call for adding some kind of starter, but you can (and should) ignore them when lacto-fermenting.
Learn more about what starter cultures do, how they impact vegetable ferments, and why you should avoid them in the video below with fermentation expert and author, Sandor Katz.
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