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...
Sauerkraut-making requires the bacteria Leuconostoc mesenteroides and Lactobacillus brevis to ferment sugars that provide a variety of such organic products as lactic acid, acetic acid, ethanol, and mannitol. These bacteria are known as ‘heterofermentative’ bacteria. Later a ‘homofermentative’ bacteria, Lactobacillus plantarum takes over, producing only lactic acid.
—Cabbage + Microbes = Sauerkraut
Don’t give up on getting children to eat more lacto-fermented veggies than pickled cucumbers! Out of the mouth of my 4 1/2-year-old, Daniel, my most avid fermented food avoider, as he was eating his lunch earlier today, “Oh, bother! I forgot to have a bite of kraut!”
… and yes, I gave him some kraut as I tried to very subtly pick my jaw up off the floor …