Disclaimer: 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. My husband loves fermented foods–sauerkraut, kimchi, daikon–you name it, he likes it. As a family, we’ve been trying to add more fermented food to increase the good gut bacteria, but fermented foods can be expensive! I was excited to try Fermentools‘ Starter Kit so I could make my own fermented foods at home for a lot less!
About Fermentools’ Starter Kit
Fermentools Starter Kit makes it easy to ferment from home. I knew nothing about fermenting, but I could do it with this kit.
What the Kit Includes
- 1 Stainless Steel Lid,
- 1 Air Lock,
- 2 Rubber Stoppers (one with hole for air lock; one solid,
- 1 Rubber Canning Gasket,
- 1 Glass Fermentation Weight,
- Himalayan Powder Salt (1 one pound bag specially designed to dissolve in cold water),
- Instruction Guide & Basic Sauerkraut recipe
What You Need to Supply
You’ll need a few items that are not included to start your ferment:
- 1 wide mouth canning jar,
- 1 canning band to tighten around the jar
- The veggie you want to ferment
If you use your starter kit and enjoy fermenting, you can order a four pack or a 12 pack of additional supplies so you can make four or 12 jars of ferments at once.
What We Fermented
I’ll say, this current virus made it difficult for me to get my supplies! I haven’t been going to the store, so I realized that I had one wide mouth canning jar, but I didn’t have the band. I ordered the band and cabbage from Walmart for pick up, which was a few days out.
When I picked up my order, they gave me the band, but not the cabbage. So, I had to order cabbage from a different grocery store, and then wait a few more days until I could pick it up.
Finally, we were ready to get started. Luckily, the fermentation process can be as short as 4 days to a week, so we didn’t have to wait that long for our sauerkraut!
We followed the easiest recipe we could find since we were brand new to this.
First, we cut the cabbage, salted it, and then squeezed it for 10 minutes to release the juices.
Then, we put it in the jar, putting the glass weight on top as well as the air lock.
Four days later, we pulled it from its dark shelf, and it looked like this:
We loved the sauerkraut, but next time (and we’re already planning on next time!), we will let it ferment even longer.
Once made, this stays good for up to 6 months in the refrigerator, though it probably won’t last that long at our house.
I loved this kit! It’s a simple way to teach everyone how to ferment. I found the basic sauerkraut recipe easy to follow.
The Fermentools blog is filled with a variety of recipes, which I’m looking forward to trying. My husband is especially eager to try kimchi.
The one thing I wish this company had were videos demonstrating how to use the kit. Since I was completely new to this, I would have appreciated being able to watch a video on their site or on YouTube to see the process from start to finish. This would have given me more confidence on my first try to know that I was processing the cabbage correctly and that the ferment was going right during the fermenting process.
However, now that we’ve made our first ferment, I know we’ll keep using it and save a bundle of money compared to buying these items at the store!
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