Disclosure: I received a FREE copy of this product through the Homeschool Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

I have been wanting to make my own sauerkraut so I was thrilled to receive the Starter Kit from Fermentools to review. Baking and cooking in our family organically takes place around our home. However, fermenting was a whole new level for our family. This air-lock fermenting system was so easy to use. For our first time, we chose to follow the recipe included with the kit. Here’s what we did. 

fermenting made simple

Preparing Tools

preparing tools

The Starter Kit came with everything we needed. 

  • Stainless steel lid and rubber ring (we did have to purchase a wide mouth mason jar since I did not have an extra one)
  • Glass Fermentation weight
  • Airlock system
  • Rubber stoppers
  • Rubber gasket
  • Himalayan Powered Salt

Once we laid out all the tools and read over the directions, we were ready to go!

Gathering Ingredients

gathering ingredients

We purchased a small Napa Valley cabbage at a local grocery store and used our food processor to shred it. 

Next, we spent about 10 minutes squeezing the water out of the cabbage by hand. We then placed the cabbage into the clear mason jar and filled it with filter water from our refrigerator.

Then, we measured the correct amount of salt we needed and added it to the jar of cabbage. The powered salt pouch clearly lists out the necessary measurement according to your cabbage’s weight. 

Putting It Together 

putting it together

We placed the glass weight on top of the cabbage to keep it below water level. Then, we placed a rubber gasket on the rim of the mason jar and placed the stainless steel lid on top. We added a ring to the jar to tighten it down. Next, we placed the rubber stopper in the lid and filled the airlock system half-way with filtered water, and placed the rubber stopper in the hole. 

Waiting Time

waiting time

The recommended waiting time is 3-14 days for fermenting. However, the longer you wait, the better the food tastes. We kept our jar in a dark cupboard to keep the good bacteria cultivating properly. 

After 5 days…..

sauerkraut

Yep! Smells like sauerkraut!

For the next few weeks, Fermentools is offering a discount on their products! Yay! Just head on over to their website and enter Crew2020 at checkout. This expires on June 30, 2020.

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