raster wrote: Is this the same as pickling veggies?
No, Raster, if I’m thinking correctly, pickling involves soaking the vegetables in vinegar, right?
On the other hand, fermented foods contain no vinegar, yet have a sour or vinegar-like taste (think sauerkraut again). If you purchase sauerkraut in a container that has vinegar listed as an ingredient, then it isn’t true sauerkraut in that it hasn’t been fermented.
You can actually purchase vegetable culture starter kits similar to the starter kits for kefir. They contain different strains of beneficial bacteria.