Frequently Asked Questions
For expanded details of each, see Pickl-It Components Quick Reference Guide
Install Lid Seal – If your white, all-natural (replaceable) rubber gasket (F) is NOT installed on the underside of the cover (B), please attach it.
The gasket/seal is dishwasher safe and may be removed for washing, but must be attached to the lid for proper Pickl-It functioning.
To keep the wire-bail looking shiny & new, be sure to remove it before placing it in your dishwasher. Refer to Removal Instructions
Install Pickl-It Glass Lid – Next, attach the Pickl-It glass lid (B) to the Pickl-It jar (A). If your Pickl-It arrived with the lid attached, go to Step #4.
Attaching your lid, one “loop” at a time is easiest. Simply slide one of the lid “loops” onto the jar “hook”. “Pinch” the unattached, second “loop”, and slide it onto the remaining jar hook.
Your Pickl-It lid is detachable! If you’re washing your Pickl-It container in the dishwasher, please detach the Pickl-It lid, as well as, the two-part wire-bail system, using these FAQ instructions
Detailed Instructions are Located in the FAQ section
- Insert the airlock into the grommet with a gentle, rotating motion
- Insert the airlock from the top of the lid, down
- The photo shows proper insertion: the airlock’s air-ports, located on the bottom airlock tip, are clearly visible, extending just below the border of the grommet
- Do not force the airlock airports lower than the photo, as brine may be drawn up into the airlock
- Use the opposite gentle twisting motion to remove the airlock – do not pull it straight out or you could end up ripping or removing the grommet
- Do not fill the airlock with water until the Pickl-It is loaded with food and the Pickl-It cover is latched
|You’re ready to load your Pickl-It with food!|
|Congratulations! You’ve covered your vegetables in brine, latched the wire-bail lid to the Pickl-It container, and filled the airlock with water to the fill-line. You are now lacto-fermenting food!|
Move your Pickl-It container to a dark corner because UV light will destroy lactic-acid bacteria.
Cover your Pickl-It with a Pickl-It cover, or with one of your own towels.
Do not cover the airlock with a towel, but instead, simply wrap a kitchen towel around the glass container, to block all light.
Did you know...
Pasteur referred to lactic-acid fermentation as “respiration without oxygen”.
—Pasteur Definition of Fermentation
Don’t give up on getting children to eat more lacto-fermented veggies than pickled cucumbers! Out of the mouth of my 4 1/2-year-old, Daniel, my most avid fermented food avoider, as he was eating his lunch earlier today, “Oh, bother! I forgot to have a bite of kraut!”
… and yes, I gave him some kraut as I tried to very subtly pick my jaw up off the floor …