>> the fermented veggies- sea salt is just regular salt? Or is it something different? How much salt do I put in? Can you ferment cooked veggies? How long does it last once fermented? <<
Sea salt is different than regular salt; it’s less processed. Depending what kind of sea salt you get, it’s significantly less processed. I don’t really use regular salt – I use a fairly processed sea salt for cooking, Real Salt (that’s the brand name) for salting food at the table, and Celtic sea salt when I make fermented vegetables. Celtic salt is pretty pricey but I don’t use much of it so a little goes a long way – it’s a grey, moist, and kind of rocky, not finely ground. I feel like it improves the nutritional value, but regular salt would probably work just fine, too.
How much salt you put in depends on how many vegetables you use, and how salty you like your food. I’d suggest googling for some recipes. I use about 2 T. salt for a half gallon jar of vegetables. And you wouldn’t ferment cooked vegetables, just raw.
Be aware if you decide to make fermented vegetables that they will have a different taste than pickled vegetables. For many people this is an aquired taste. Be sure to carefully follow the recipe the first time so you know that nothing spoiled in the process, and then when you taste the veggies you’ll know that they taste the way they’re supposed to. If something you makes doesn’t turn out the way you like, don’t give up. There are lots of good recipes out there, and some are going to be more appealing to you than others. I used the recipes in Nourishing Traditions to start with, and found that most of them were too salty for me, so I adapted them to what we prefer. One recipe I found very easy to start with was making pickles (from cucumbers), because the taste is familiar. These get gobbled up.
Remember also that fermented veggies are eaten in small amounts as a digestive aid, not large salad quantities.
>>You inspired me to get a dehydrator- have you made jerkey in it, or not your style?<
I haven’t made jerky, not because it’s not my style, but because I want to keep the dehydrator parve. For the same reason, I haven’t made yogurt-fruit leathers. But both of those things would be fun to make if I had the luxury of separate dairy and meat dehydrators.