Frequently Asked Questions
When you’re using the Pickl-It for the very first time, the manufacturer suggests washing the container and lid with warm, soapy water.
After that, an article published in June, 2009, suggests,
“…sterilizing jars or crocks for sauerkraut or pickles is optional. It’s OK to simply wash the jars in hot, sudsy water. Make sure that the food is completely submerged in the brine – some recipes call for weighting down the vegetables.” – San Francisco Gate
Re-using jars, without washing, is another option. If you’ve just finished lacto-fermenting a 3-liter batch of sauerkraut, decanting it into four Pickl-It Decant’R units for refrigerator storage, go ahead and immediately reuse the 3-liter jar. Its internal walls are coated with lively lactic-acid bacteria as well as lactic-acid, both of which will protect your new batch of freshly-sliced cabbage on its journey to sauerkraut.
Did you know...
In the night the cabbages catch at the moon, the leaves drip silver, the rows of cabbages are a series of little silver waterfalls in the moon.
Wow!! Thanks for your helpful guidance as we switched our water kefir fermentation over to the Pickl-It system. We’ve been making water kefir for over a year, but it has always been open to the air with just a mesh covering. A couple of days ago our Christmas 3 – 3 Bundle came in and we set up the water kefir grains in a 1 L. It was time to harvest (& taste!!) this morning and IT IS SOOOOO GOOD!!!! There are none of the vinegary notes that were present in our past batches. It’s fully done – which I judge by the fact that it’s only very very slightly sweet, and the carbonation is good (on the subtle side instead of tickling your nose). It’s perfection! The flavor is very pleasing and refreshing. There’s no going back now : ) This is an easy breezy way to ferment excellent water kefir for sure!
—Janice S. - Indiana