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...
2030 BC – Tigris Valley begins pickling tradition with cucumbers from India.
—Fermenting History, 2030 BC
Thought to write that I received the 5-liter Pickl-it about two weeks ago. I filled it to the “shoulder” with 3 grape leaves, 4 pealed garlic heads, six flowering sprigs of dill and several pounds of pickling cukes along with carrot “rails” to anchor it all underneath a brine. It went completely without a hitch. Pickling has never been easier. The cukes are crisp and full of flavor. I’ll be ordering from you again soon.
—Bill - Oregon