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...
Pickles were brought to the New World by Christopher Columbus, who is known to have grown them on the island of Haiti.
—New World Food
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