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 usually get to review products such as curriculum, educational games, and books. When I saw the opportunity to try out a Starter Kit from Fermentools, I was excited to give it a try! I know absolutely nothing about fermented foods, except I’ve heard that they are great for the overall health of your gut. I thought this would be a fun learning experience that would get us in the kitchen to try something new!
What are Fermentools?
Fermentools is a family run business that has designed a custom designed airlock system that can turn any mason jar into a fermenting vessel. All of the kit components are made in the USA. The Starter Kit includes everything but a wide mouth jar to get started. The contents are:
- Stainless Steel Lid – Made from 304 surgical stainless steel, the corrosion resistant lid will last a lifetime.
- Glass Fermentation Weight – Made to fit inside your standard widemouthed Mason jar perfectly.
- Airlock Syetem
- 2 Rubber Stoppers
- Rubber Canning Gasket.
- Himalayan Powdered Salt – has over 80 trace minerals and is ground fine enough to easily mix with cold water.
- Instruction Guide with Basic Sauerkraut recipe.
What did we try? Sauerkraut, of course!
I like to cook, but when it comes to new recipes, I’m a by-the-book gal. Naturally, we made the Basic Sauerkraut recipe that was included with the instructions with no suggested variations. Here we go!
The instructions were easy to follow and contain a few more details, but basically you get a cabbage. Shred it, salt it, mash and pound it for about 10 minutes – which is a great way to release frustration, especially after all the shredding! Next, you stuff the shredded, mashed up cabbage into any size mason jar – as long as it is wide-mouthed. Put the glass weight in the jar to completely submerge the cabbabe under the brine. Install the airlock system, turn out the lights and wait. The instructions suggest waiting anywhere between 3 and 14 days, depending on personal taste and temperature of the room. I chose lucky number seven.
It takes only 5 easy steps to make sauerkraut with Fermantools!
Taste Test Time
After 7 days on the counter and resting in the dark under a towel, the day had come for us to try the sauerkraut. We removed the lid, and there was a small amount of white mold on top. I read that was normal in the instructions and to just scrape it off and enjoy with no fear. As long as it did not have a funky smell or a green or blue film on the surface, we would be good. I was the first to taste it, and it was extremely salty. Honestly, I don’t really know what sauerkraut is supposed to taste like, as I may have had it on a hot dog years ago. My husband tried it, and agreed that it was salty, but not bad. We put it on some brats I had grilled, and it was slightly better.
Just because my sauerkraut was less than stellar, I plan to give it another try with slightly less salt. The Fermentools website has dozens of recipes for fermenting all kinds of vegetables, pickles, kimchi, and more! I like that it’s easy to use for a novice like myself. Plus, it saves money when buying in bulk. Check out what I found on the website regarding the health benefits.
If you’d like to start fermenting with Fermentools, they have generously provided a coupon with a 15% discount to pass on to you through June 30.
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