* I was provided the following reCAP Fermentation Starter Kit from Mason Jars Company in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.*
Fermenting foods is a health trend that’s coming back in style right now. Much like pressure canning, it’s a skill our fore-bearers used extensively to prepare and serve foods. This skill fell by the wayside for awhile as tin cans and convenience foods came en vogue.
Currently, there’s a push to return to our roots, and fermentation is an excellent skill to bring us closer to our heritage. Luckily for us, we’ve got it much easier than our ancestors did. The equipment we have available today makes it easier to attain the same results with less inconvenience.
Traditionally, vegetables have been fermented (mostly for preservation reasons) by the process of lacto-fermentation. Vegetables are submerged in a brine and kept in a cool, dark place. In this manner, naturally present bacteria (usually lactobaccillus, or bifidus strains) or yeast begin breaking down sugars and starches, giving off gasses. This results in the need for “burping” the jars, or special equipment to allow the gasses to escape.
I was blessed with the reCAP Fermentation Kit from Mason Jars Company to use and review early in the spring and I’m very excited to share it with you today. If you’ve ever been curious about this process, or the kit, then I hope to answer your questions here.
To begin, I was happy that the kit included a 24 ounce Ball Mason jar. Having a taller jar made it possible for me to ferment longer vegetables like carrot sticks and asparagus. If you’ve ever fermented with the water & zip-lock bag method, then you’ve probably used the shorter pint jars at some point. This is great, but I find that I have to use multiple pints to ferment enough of any one recipe if I hope to feed my large family.
Also, I’m used to not only the zip-lock bag with water method, but also the “burping” method. Remembering to burp my ferment regularly during a busy canning season is a hassle. This kit comes with a reCAP Mason jar POUR lid in Silver. This lid holds the reCAP Fermenter during my recipe creation, or serves as a pour spout when I’m not. I love versatility.
The reCAP Fermenter is a waterless airlock with a true one way valve. It’s a bit hard to see the little arrow on the side, but once it’s in place, there’s no need to worry. No more crazy laboratory style valve set up. No more burping. This airlock takes care of that little chore so I don’t have to anymore.
Instead of using a zip-lock bag, or a glass weight that has no other purpose, this kit comes with a 4 ounce Ball Mason jar to be used as a fermentation weight. The purpose of the weight is to keep your ferment completely submerged in the brine and prevent any molding.
The jar fit perfectly on top my ferment, and again–versatility. If I don’t have fresh foods to ferment in the middle of the winter, I’ve got a perfect little cute 4 ounce jar.
The Himalayan Pink Salt pack included in this set was just the icing on the cake. I use sea salt in all my ferments, but I loved being able to try this 100% raw, natural, and unrefined 2.5 ounce packet of salt. I’ve done a couple of ferments now, and still have some left.
This kit also came with a small starter guide with recipes, and the code to redeem a free fermentation recipe book from their site–what a treat!
I can’t believe how easy this set is to use.
I washed my vegetables and put them in the jar. Then I used water from my water filter to cover my ferment, added salt and the weight, and put the lid on. After a few days of watching the bubbles rise up in the jar, we took the lid off and enjoyed our vegetables.
I also have to add, it’s just beautiful to see a line of jars fermenting in the kitchen window.
What Will You Ferment?
If you’ve never fermented before, let me just tell you, it’s not just for vegetables. Sure, it makes good salad toppings, sauerkraut, and veggie sticks. But you can also ferment juices, fruits, and even mushrooms.
Once the berries come in to season here, I’ll be fermenting berries to serve over pancakes and waffles instead of syrups. When I’m done with those, I’ll retain a couple tablespoons to start a ferment for berry vinaigrettes.
I Want You To Have This Kit
Yes, I want you to have a reCAP Fermentation Starter Kit. And Mason Jars Company does too. In fact, they have generously provided a full kit to give away to one of our readers. Anyone with a valid email can enter–and you should–right now.
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Fine print: Winner will be drawn at random via the Rafflecopter (which I have no control of). Winner must be 18 and reside in the contiguous 48 United States. Once drawn, the winner will be notified via the email address entered and have 72 hours to claim their prize and provide their valid shipping address. If winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Neither myself nor Mason Jars Company will be responsible for prizes that are misplaced in the mail. Should the address you provide be unable to receive the package, you forfeit your entry–so please make sure you are able to receive the package before you claim your prize and provide your address–I only have one kit to send and no more. The winner’s first name and last initial will be published on this site, on Grace Garden And Homestead’s social media, as well as provided to Mason Jars Company. Your privacy is important to me and no personal information (including your email and physical address) will be shared with anyone. Prize is one reCAP Fermentation Kit, a $24.95 value.
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Thank you Mason Jars Company for the chance to review this wonderful product and your generosity to give one complete set away to a lucky reader!