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...
The medicinal use of cultured and fermented foods dates back thousands of years.
My soon-to-be 19-year-old son was about to get ready for bed, when he asked if he could have some dessert. I said “Yes”, and a few minutes later, he came out with a big bowl of kimchi, mixed veggies and kraut. I was so thrilled to see him wanting to eat something good instead of the icecream that “Dad” was eating! Maybe I didn’t start too late making healthy fermented foods for him!!!