Frequently Asked Questions
The Pickl-It has a “shoulder” – the curved corners about 1-inch below the “neck”. In the beginning, until you get a sense for how much each vegetable, grain or dairy expands during fermenting, use the shoulder as a fill-guide.
Do not load the Pickl-It above the “shoulder”. The photo shows how much the carrots expanded during the first 3-days of fermentation – about 1-inch over the shoulder. Firmly packing vegetables (especially if shredded or grated), helps to reduce the expansion, as it removes excess oxygen which causes bloating of food.
If fermenting sourdough batters, such as dosa, do not load the Pickl-It any higher than 75% – approximately 1-inch BELOW the “shoulder” of the Pickl-R, or the batter may over-expand, drawn up and out the airlock.
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
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—Jen R., Ohio