Using your FARMcurious Fermenting Set

Posted on Saturday, August 29, 2015 | By Nicole Easterday |

Thanks for purchasing a FARMcurious Fermenting Set! These instructions will help guide you through using and enjoying your set. 

If you've lost the instructions to the FARMcurious Fermenting Set you can download a new copy here.

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To assemble your FARMcurious Fermenting Set

  1. Wash the ReCAP lid in warm, soapy water and rinse well.
  2. Open the flip-top lid on the ReCAP and insert the rubber stopper into the hole. Insert the narrow end of the airlock into the top of the stopper.
  3. Remove the airlock lid to fill the airlock to the etched line (or about halfway) with water and replace the lid.
  4. Wash with warm, soapy water any canning jar with the size opening that matches your ReCAP lid (regular or wide mouth).

An easy generic recipe to try:

If using non-shredded vegetables like carrot coins or coarsely chopped or whole produce, add the produce to the jar and pour over it 1 cup water with 1-3 tsp sea or kosher salt dissolved.

Note: If using shredded produce (like cabbage for sauerkraut), add the salted chopped produce that you’ll be fermenting and pack down tightly. If the brine extracted from the produce by the salt doesn’t rise up to cover the produce you can add brine made up of one 1 TB Kosher salt to one cup of water. Please read this post about using a weight with shredded product.

Leave one inch of space between the very top of the brine and the top of the jar. Screw the ReCAP Fermenting Set to the top of the filled jar and leave in a cool dark place for several days to several weeks to ferment. Within 24-48 hours you may see bubbles rising to the top – this is carbon dioxide produced during fermentation.

Wait 4-7 days (or even up to 6 weeks if the temperature is cooler and the vegetables are dense) then taste the product periodically to get a sense of how long to ferment it – it will become more sour and less crunchy with time. The key to excellent fermentation is cool and slow, which is why many people keep fermentation vessels buried in the ground or in root cellars. When the acidity and texture have reached your preferred level, remove the stopper and airlock, close the ReCAP lid and store in the refrigerator where it will keep for many months.

In warmer temperatures, fermentation will go faster (taking 3 days to 4 weeks) while it will go more slowly in cooler temperatures, taking 4-8 weeks.

Cleaning your FARMcurious Fermenting Set

Your FARMcurious Fermenting Set is top-shelf dishwasher safe. Take the three-piece airlock apart to clean inside of it when needed.

Watch our Kickstarter Video

Watch this video we put together for our kickstarter that has more information on how to use your FARMcurious Fermenting Set!

FARMcurious Fermenting Set