Frequently Asked Questions
Anaerobic fermentation means “absence of oxygen”, the opposite of aerobic fermentation
Pickl-It was designed to create and maintain anaerobic fermentation, its wire-bail/airlock combination locking out oxygen’s entry, as well as releasing oxygen from the fermenting chamber, pushed by carbon dioxide, out through the airlock. Two-part metal canning lids or screw-on plastic covers, do not have a sufficient seal in order to maintain anaerobic conditions.
Lactic-acid bacteria, responsible for creating a healthy, stable fermented food, thrive in a low or no-oxygen environment, described here.
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Gundruk is an important source of minerals during the off-season (Karki, 1986). Mustard, radish and cauliflower leaves, wilt for one or two days, and then shredded with a knife or sickle, tightly packed in an earthenware pot and warm water, and the pot kept in a warm place. Unlike sauerkraut, no salt is added to the water. After five to seven days, a mild acidic taste (lactic-acid from the lactic-acid bacteria) indicates the end of fermentation. The gundruk is removed and sun-dried. It is served as a side dish with the main meal and is also used as an appetiser.
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