Frequently Asked Questions
Brine or batter drawn into the airlock happen for three reasons&58;
- Foods were not compacted, eliminating air pockets
- Too much food was packed into the Pickl-It, exceeding the capacity of the fermenting chamber
- Food + brine exceeded the maximum fill
- In the case of this dosa batter, (we didn’t capture a photo and should have!), we experimented, using 2 T of the proceeding batter which made this one VERY active. It was spurting out the top of the airlock like a chocolate desert fountain.
If you find brine (or batter) in your airlock:
- Open the Pickl-It
- Remove the airlock; rinse it out
- Push the food down with the Dunk’R, removing any air
- Remove enough brine and food, reducing the contents to the maximum fill (go ahead and eat them!)
- Place the Dunk’R on the vegetables, making sure it is covered by brine
- Reinsert the airlock
- Latch the Pickl-It closed
- Refill the airlock with 1 1/2 T of water
- Snap the airlock cover into position
- Cover the Pickl-It, moving it back into a dark corner
Overflow happens, more often in the early learning stages. Be of good cheer, that overflow indicates you have a healthy, happy, active, growing lacto-fermentation in the works!
Did you know...
Pickles were brought to the New World by Christopher Columbus, who is known to have grown them on the island of Haiti.
—Columbus, Haiti & Cucumbers
I bought mason-jar airlock jars thinking they would work for my grant-funded gut-healing research. Mold! Oxygen-rich yeast! I was crushed thinking my entire research project was destroyed because of the poorly designed equipment. One of my co-workers recommended your Pickl-It and now my mold-free, high-bacteria count research is back on track. Thank you for your superb product that is affordable, laboratory-quality equipment.
—Dr. Marian, TX University