Frequently Asked Questions
There are two solutions:
- Sometimes, brine hides in the kraut. Using a wooden dowel, end of a French rolling pin or wooden pestle, gently press the kraut, releasing the brine.
- Still need brine? Make a 2 1/2 percent solution: 2 T unrefined high-quality sea salt + 1 quart water. Store excess brine, covered, in your refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Did you know...
The Chinese fermentation jar, with a cover that fits into a water-filled moat to exclude air, has been in home use for over 2,000 years. – J.O. Mundt, J. L. Collins, and J. F. Darrow, Tennessee Farm Home Science Progress Report, July 19, 1976
—Pickl-It, The New Chinese Fermentation Jar
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!!!