Frequently Asked Questions
Carbon dioxide has a crucial role, creating tasty, anaerobic fermented foods –
- Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a colorless, tasteless, odorless, noncombustible gas that is soluble in water.
- One and one-half times heavier than oxygen, expands and pushes oxygen out of fermenting chambers through the Pickl-It airlock
- Creates an anaerobic environment, encouraging healthy development of lactic-acid bacteria.
- Is not combustible when exposed to flames, BUT, will explode containers when it builds up, demanding the need for an airlock, or manually “burping” (quickly remove and replace cover, or open/close wire-bail) of the container if no airlock is used.
- A “mixer!” moving through the fermented foods, CO2 “stirs” the lactic acid bacteria, rearranging pockets of microbes to reduce concentrated elements which which create off-flavors and affect coloration.
- Gives breads and sourdough batters their good texture.
- Stabilizes Vitamin C in fermented foods (one reason why seafarers who brought along sauerkraut were spared the ravages of scurvy!).
- Secondary fermentation of Kefir, CO2 creates “bubbles”, earning kefir the name of dairy “champagne”
Did you know...
Hops and honey was originally used in the making of mead (or, Sima which is the Finnish version), a lightly-fermented, slightly-alcoholic season beverage. As honey became more expensive, white and brown sugars were substituted. Using hops and honey is worth every effort, creating a taste of tradition.
—Traditional Fermented Honey Mead
By the way, the sauerkraut ferm juice is magnificent. You are a rock star!!!!!
—Chuck P, Florida