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“Purple Potion” Recipe for Unsalted Cultured Vegetables

Purple Potion “the kraut without salt”

purple-potion-Thomas-logodCultured vegetables (cv’s) are made without salt and with raw vegetables and starter. What you get is a ton of enzymes, vitamins, and probiotics! I created this sweet ‘n sour combo for kids of all ages, especially those on Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D) for something fizzy and colorful …. in walked Purple Potion.

Most everyone loves this recipe. If you don’t like beets, try garden blend 🙂 Not convinced of the benefits of probiotic food? See benefits here. Beets are not typically allowed on a candida cleanse like, because they contain natural sugars, yet culturing as this recipe does makes them fine for most because the probiotics in the culture starter eat the sugar and transform this sweet food into a sour, probiotic one; leaving you with the liver/blood cleansing properties that beets contain.

My youngest started cv’s when he was 2 and eats them up; even the cabbage logs …. stuffs the entire thing in his mouth! My oldest is more reserved, yet if Purple Potion is what’s in the jar he’s likely to eat them.

Today, I tasted my purple potion after a 2 1/2 week fermentation. Wow, this would be one of my best batches of ferments that taste good, and sparkles with/live bacteria. Most of my sauerkraut efforts have failed. ~ J.K.

Purple Potion Recipe 

Yields: 6 Quart-sized jars give or take


1 packet vegetable starter culture*

1/4 cup warm filtered water

½ tsp EcoBloom** (or Rapadura, sucanat etc.)

7 1/2 – 8 lb green cabbage (reserve 12 oz. large outer leaves!!)

2 lb beets

1/2 lb green apples

1/2 lemon, juice and zest

3-4 cups filtered water, depending on how dry the veggies are


Food Processor

Blender (optional)

Large Stainless Steel or Glass Bowls

6 Quart-Sized Mason Jars

Wide Mouth Funnel

Good Knife


  1. Dissolve culture starter and EcoBloom in ¼ c. warm filtered water (90 degrees F).
  2. Allow to sit on counter for 20 minutes.
  3. Clean and chop veggies and apples into pieces that fit into your food processor.
  4. Shred with a medium bladed grater (not fine shred!)
  5. Put a third of this mixture into blender (may do in 2 batches).
  6. Blend with enough of the allotted 3-4 cups of filtered water until the consistency of thick juice.
  7. Place in a big, clean bowl with culture starter mix, rest of grated veggies, and lemon.
  8. Mix with two big spoons, or clean hands.
  9. Pack tight into jars with potato masher/fist to remove air pockets.
  10. Fill jars, allowing liquid to cover vegetables with an inch and a half of head space.
  11. Roll reserved cabbage leaves into tight logs, put on top of veggies (push down so liquid just covers “logs”) – add more brine if needed – leaving an inch at the top for expansion.
  12. Screw lid on tightly.
  13. Culture 3-10 days at 70-72 degrees F in dark spot (Oven Incubator Kit keeps temperature constant).
  14. Enjoy up to ½ cup with meals.
  15. Store in fridge.
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Tips & Tricks

  • Scald equipment or wash in hot, soapy water. Or spray everything with food-grade hydrogen peroxide and dry off with paper towels.
  • CV’s continue to ferment slowly in fridge and keep for weeks, even months, becoming softer and more delicious like a fine wine.
  • Ready for variety? Try beginner’s recipe.
  • Go slow! CV’s are rich in enzymes/probiotics, so ease in. Once you get used to the extra gut activity, slowly up dose. Donna Gates, creator of B.E.D, suggests therapeutic dose (1/2 cup) with meals.
  • Enjoy as they are; toss into salad; roll in deli meat; or eat with dollop of mayo.

I just opened a jar and heard a beautiful symphony of bubbles. ~K.L. Carmel, CA

I love how I feel when I eat them. ~P.T. Hartford, CT (age 13)

I only eat cultured vegetables if they are Purple Potion, because I like them and they are purple ~T.R. Cabot, VT. (age 10)


*Body Ecology’s culture starter makes potent cv’s. because it contains Lb. Plantarum, a probiotic. Most probiotics are destroyed by antibiotics, fluoride, stomach acid, and chlorine before they reach your intestines where they live. Yet, not these guys (Lb. Plantarum) they get there safe and sound.
**Ecobloom is 100% natural chicory extract FrutaFit, Inulin/FOS/ fructooligosaccharides. This prebiotic is a quick food for the probiotics. Like the ones in culture starter packet you’re using. When you add Ecobloom you provide food for the probiotics to eat while they adjust and grow in jar.


Snacks for Kids on Body Ecology Diet

Young Green Coconut Kefir

Nutritional Consultations with Tara, NC.


Gates, D. (2010). The Body Ecology Diet.  Bogart, GA: B.E.D. Publications

May all bellies be happy!

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