Frequently Asked Questions
We've designed the Pickl-It so there's a perfect size to fit your need - from single to triple batches of sourdough batters, 1 to 4 pounds of peppers, kraut, or pickles - Pickl-It is designed to fit the container size to the amount of food.
To give you an idea of sizes, beginning with their capacity -
- 1/2 = 1/2-Liter or <1-pint
- 3/4 = 3/4-Liter or <1.5-pint
- 1 = 1-Liter which is just slightly smaller than a US 1-quart
- 4-Liter = 1-gallon
Pickl-It offers a wide-range of sizes, because it is important to under-fill or over-fill a jar. Food shoud not exceed the "shoulder" of the jar - the area that is curved outward, just below the "neck".
The capacity, or amount of solid foods, that fit into each Pickl-It varies, depending on the type of cut - thread, dice, slice, chunks, whole - and if it can be compacted. Shredded carrots and thread-thin kraut slices are easier to compact than pickilng cukes, for example.
Liquid & Solids Capacity Examples - General Estimate:
|DIMENSIONS||5¼” h x 4¼” d||6¼” h x 4¼” d||8¾” h x 4¼” d||9 1/2” h x 5 1/2” d|
|CAPACITY||1/2-lb solids||3/4 to 1-lb solids||1 1/2 to 2-lbs||2 1/2 to 3 lbs|
|3-c liquid||4-c liquid||6-c liquid||
A 5-Liter jar will hold 4 to 5 lbs of whole carrot-chunks, whole pickling cukes, but may hold as much as 8-10 pounds of cabbage threads for kraut. The above-chart is a general idea to get you going. As you experiment and discover which foods are your favorite to make, you'll develop your own favorite Pick-It sizes to use.
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Did you know...
Lactic acid was first isolated in 1780 by a Swedish chemist, Carl Wilhelm Scheele.
—Lactic Acid's Discovery
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