Frequently Asked Questions
The Pickl-It is not a one-size-fits-all, but instead, a choose-the-container-that-works system.
If you have 3-pounds of carrots, the 3-liter Pickl-It is ideal. One-pound of carrots? The 1-liter Pickl-It is a better option.
Because proper lacto-fermentation is an anaerobic process – the less oxygen the better! – the amount of airspace between the Pickl-It lid and the fermenting-food is important. The goals is to fill the jar as full-as-possible, without risking overflow. Because most foods expand during fermentation, the food shouldn’t be loaded – food and brine included – above the container’s “shoulder”, and, ideally, never less than 50% full.
To learn more about the optimum fill-level, refer to the following “How To” FAQ:
Did you know...
Sauerkraut-making requires the bacteria Leuconostoc mesenteroides and Lactobacillus brevis to ferment sugars that provide a variety of such organic products as lactic acid, acetic acid, ethanol, and mannitol. These bacteria are known as ‘heterofermentative’ bacteria. Later a ‘homofermentative’ bacteria, Lactobacillus plantarum takes over, producing only lactic acid.
—Cabbage + Microbes = Sauerkraut
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—Dr. Marian, TX University