Frequently Asked Questions
The Pickl-It Dunk’R was created to weigh vegetables down, keeping them under the brine. There are times, however, when smaller cuts bob to the surface, poking above the brine around the edges of the Dunk’R.
An easy solution, in keeping “pokies” under the brine, is to criss-cross thin slices of carrots, turnips, celery, or any number of other vegetables, across the top of the vegetables needing to be held under the brine. Remember, place the Dunk’R on top the criss-crossed strips, to weigh everything down.
Be sure to leave some airspace when you’re criss-crossing your vegetable slices, so that the oxygen and gases have an escape route!
No matter which container you use for lacto-fermentation, whether it is a Pickl-It, or an open-bowl or crock system, it is always a bad idea to completely cover the vegetable surface with plastic bags, cabbage leaves, plates, etc., blocking the discharge of oxygen and gases which will cause discoloration, off-flavors, and sometimes slimy textures.
|For photography purposes, we left the ends of the carrot strips sticking up above the brine surface. These ends MUST be trimmed – either snipped off with a kitchen shears, or a sharp knife, and then tucked in under the brine.|
Did you know...
The Greeks held beet root in great esteem, offering it on a silver platter to the god, Apollo. In the middle ages, a meal was not considered complete without beetroot soup which would have been made from fermented beets.
—Greek Beet Soup
My soon-to-be 19-year-old son was about to get ready for bed, when he asked if he could have some dessert. I said “Yes”, and a few minutes later, he came out with a big bowl of kimchi, mixed veggies and kraut. I was so thrilled to see him wanting to eat something good instead of the icecream that “Dad” was eating! Maybe I didn’t start too late making healthy fermented foods for him!!!