Frequently Asked Questions
“Firmly packed” is most often applied to foods that are shredded, finely cut, sliced or “threads”, such as sauerkraut. These type of cuts more easily trap oxygen, and “packing” them firmly into the jar, helps to remove oxygen pockets.
There are two packing stages: before and after the brine is added to the Pickl-It.
Before the brine is added: Use a flat-bottomed long-handled wooden pestle, or the end of French-style rolling pin to push the food into the Pickl-It. You don’t need to use your weight, or mash the food. Working in layers, two-inches at a time, is the most efficient. Add a layer, push until you feel resistance, then add another layer.
After the brine is added: Use the Dunk’R, placing it on top the packed vegetables, and with the end of a narrow-French-style rolling pin, OR, the handle of a sturdy wooden spoon, push the Dunk’R down, applying even, steady pressure. You’ll see a burst of air bubbles escaping the vegetables.
Use the air bubbles as a guide in judging how much more “tamping” or “packing” is needed.
A simple rule-of-thumb is 3-6 pushes typically release adequate levels of oxygen.
When only a few, small bubbles break the brine surface, your food is adequately packed and enough oxygen has been removed.
Did you know...
Pickling is a global culinary art. If you were to go on an international food-tasting tour, you’d find pickled foods just about everywhere. You might sample kosher cucumber pickles in New York City, chutneys in India, kimchi in Korea, miso pickles in Japan, salted duck eggs in China, pickled herring in Scandinavia, corned beef in Ireland, salsas in Mexico, pickled pigs feet in the southern United States, and much, much more.
—Science of Cooking, Pickles
I have used the Pickle-It jars for a while now and they are wonderful! The fermentation is very predictable and clean, no batches go bad or wrong. Anybody who ferments food at home knows that sometimes a batch can go bad without any particular reason. The Pickle-It jars seem to eliminate that eventuality completely. Thank you for developing this wonderful product!
—Dr. Natasha Campbell, GAPS DIET