Frequently Asked Questions
During cucumber fermentation, you will (or should) develop foam. It is a sign that you have an active, healthy, vibrant batch of pickles in the works. Congratulations!
The foam should begin to form on the 2nd day of your initial 3 to 5-day fermenting. The warmer the weather, the faster the foam will accumulate, collecting at the top of the Pickl-It.
You should open the Pickl-It, scooping off the foam, once-a-day for 2-3 days. If you don’t scoop off the foam, your cucumbers (and even occasionally, there’s foam on cabbage, but it is more rare) will be attacked by the wild yeasts, molds and bacteria in the foam, which will break your pickle texture down into inedible, soft shadows of what they could have been.
The acidity of your brine can also be ruined, causing spoilage of your entire batch, so be diligent and scoop, scoop, scoop.
Did you know...
“On a hot day in Virginia, I know nothing more comforting than a fine spiced pickle, brought up trout-like from the sparkling depths of the aromatic jar below the stairs of Aunt Sally’s cellar.”
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!!!