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.
I have been wanting to try some additional fermenting foods so I was excited to review the Starter Kit from Fermentools. A number of years ago, I had been reading about the benefits of fermented foods for our family, and having access to a bountiful supply of fresh fruits and vegetables from Amish farms in our area, my husband and I began making our own sauerkraut. But I knew there was more that we could be making, including fermenting pickles, fermenting vegetables, and more. So when we had the opportunity to review this kit I knew this was the perfect chance for me to expand our fermented foods repertoire.
Fermentools understands everyone is at a different place regarding health as well as culinary skills. But the company also recognizes that fermenting can be for everyone. They have a desire to provide tools from the novice to the restaurant chef to be able to fit fermenting into their everyday life. The company offers stainless steel lids, gaskets, airlock systems, rubber gaskets, and glass weights. These products are designed to turn any ordinary mason jar into the ideal vessel for fermenting. For this review, we received the Starter Kit that included:
- 1 Stainless Steel Lid
- 1 Glass Fermentation Weight – made for a wide mouth mason jar
- 1 Air Lock.
- 2 Rubber Stoppers (1 with a hole for airlock –and 1 solid).
- 1 Rubber Canning Gasket.
- Himalayan Powdered Salt
Because we were already familiar with the process of making sauerkraut in an urn, we decided to start with making it. To save time, we elected to use the premade Cole Slaw mix we bought from a warehouse store. I am glad we already had experience making sauerkraut because the directions provided may have been hard for some to follow. The amount of salt we should add was not given, and with us being used to making large quantities of salsa, we were able to estimate the amount we believed we need to add for the quantity of coleslaw mix we were using.
We added the salt to our mix, kneaded it to get the liquids flowing, put it in the jar, and then put the lid, stopper, and airlock system on and let it sit for several days. In the end, the sauerkraut turned out perfect. For me, it was a little stronger than I would have liked, so the next time, I plan on letting it sit for a shorter number of days. I have to say having the carrots and purple cabbage gave the sauerkraut a beautiful pink tint.
For our second fermentation experience, I found a canning book with a fermented salsa recipe in it. For this one, we followed the directions in the book along with the general fermentation instructions on the Fermentools’ website. We will have the opportunity to try it tomorrow. I have to say though, the salsa in the jar looks perfect. I can not wait to try it.
Here are pictures of our finished sauerkraut and our almost finished salsa.
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My one caution with this product would be to make sure to read the instructions carefully. If you are not sure of what something means, ask someone who does including reaching out to the company.
So if you already like fermenting food or if you want to learn about fermenting vegetables, including fermented pickles or sauerkraut, with an easy fermenting process, check out this company for yourself. I definitely think the Starter Kit from Fermentools is worth checking out.
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