Frequently Asked Questions
Anaerobic fermentation means “absence of oxygen”, the opposite of aerobic fermentation
Pickl-It was designed to create and maintain anaerobic fermentation, its wire-bail/airlock combination locking out oxygen’s entry, as well as releasing oxygen from the fermenting chamber, pushed by carbon dioxide, out through the airlock. Two-part metal canning lids or screw-on plastic covers, do not have a sufficient seal in order to maintain anaerobic conditions.
Lactic-acid bacteria, responsible for creating a healthy, stable fermented food, thrive in a low or no-oxygen environment, described here.
Did you know...
Records of the construction of the Great Wall of China, built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), refer to fermented cabbage as a staple food for workers building the wall.
—Sauerkraut Built Great Wall of China
I purchased some of your products this year and made some of the best sauerkraut I have tasted. My wife, son and brother-in-law all love the kraut I made. Thanks for a great product! By the way, the 5-liter bottles, also make 1-gallon of wine for me.
—Johnnie Harper, North Carolina