Frequently Asked Questions
The Pickl-It Dunk’R was created to weigh vegetables down, keeping them under the brine. There are times, however, when smaller cuts bob to the surface, poking above the brine around the edges of the Dunk’R.
An easy solution, in keeping “pokies” under the brine, is to criss-cross thin slices of carrots, turnips, celery, or any number of other vegetables, across the top of the vegetables needing to be held under the brine. Remember, place the Dunk’R on top the criss-crossed strips, to weigh everything down.
Be sure to leave some airspace when you’re criss-crossing your vegetable slices, so that the oxygen and gases have an escape route!
No matter which container you use for lacto-fermentation, whether it is a Pickl-It, or an open-bowl or crock system, it is always a bad idea to completely cover the vegetable surface with plastic bags, cabbage leaves, plates, etc., blocking the discharge of oxygen and gases which will cause discoloration, off-flavors, and sometimes slimy textures.
|For photography purposes, we left the ends of the carrot strips sticking up above the brine surface. These ends MUST be trimmed – either snipped off with a kitchen shears, or a sharp knife, and then tucked in under the brine.|
Did you know...
900 AD: Western Europe, late-comers to the many medicinal and culinary uses for dill, obtain theirs from Sumatra. Centuries before, Romans considered dill to be good luck, while ancient Greeks considered it to be a sign of wealth. The word “dill” is from the Norse “dilla” which means to “sooth or lull”.
You know you talk about fermenting too much when…
Your three-year-old is observed pushing his bath toys under the water while saying, “You must go under the brine to ferment. Then I will have sauerkraut toys.”
—- Holly G., Ohio