Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve received several questions from people asking why lacto-fermented foods needed refrigerated storage.
Since most people no longer have an 1800s style root cellar, cave, or a fermentation burial chamber in their backyard (popular in Korean for making kimchi), all of which never go above 50ºF or below 32ºF, we suggest lacto-fermented food should be stored in a refrigerator.
Traditional societies stored their fermented foods in root cellars, caves – even special underground compartments, dug into the earth, into which crocks of fermented food were stored. Modern homes, however, typically don’t include a root cellar, and have heated basements, so the refrigerator is going to be the best long-term storage method. If you are fortunate and have any of the above? As long as the temperature is in the 32ºF to 50ºF range, you may store it at that room temperature.
Pickl-It has square sides, not round, which are more a efficient use of space, stacked side-by-side in the refrigerator.
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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