Kitchen

Easy Fermenter Wide Mouth Mason Jar Lid Kit

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Simplified fermenting in jars

Since April 2016 Amazon has been selling this lid-kit for $35. I’ve used it to make hassle-free (no-“burping”) kimchi. Once fermenting is complete, these lids can be reused to make new batches and replaced by standard lids. (The latter can be air-sealed with the Food-Saver Wide-Mouth Jar Sealer reviewed on Cool Tools)

The kit contains:

  • Three lids utilizing a “waterless airlock valve technology [that] lets carbon escape. But also makes sure zero oxygen can enter.” Low-profile lids that “are a fraction of the size [i.e., height] of those clunky three piece airlocks. This means we can store our jars almost anywhere a mason jar can fit.” This is a strong selling point to me. I put them in a kitchen cabinet, not on a countertop.
  • A “date setter [built into the rim] keeps track [of] when your ferment started so you always know when it’s almost complete.”
  • “An “integrated easy release tab” that allows a thumb-assist when unscrewing the lid.
  • An air extractor pump “to suck out the oxygen during the later stages of your ferments.” (E.G., after opening the lid for taste testing or eating partial contents.)
  • “A 30 page getting started guide, Fermenting recipe e-cookbook and access to our ask the experts forum”

It’s rated 4.8 stars on 657 Amazon reviews. I suggest not pumping out too much air after partially consuming the contents, lest it become a struggle to unscrew the lid after it’s been in the fridge. I suggest leaving a full inch of head space and employing a weight to keep the contents from rising too much during fermentation, to keep brine from escaping through the valve. (But it only forms a little pool that can be rinsed away if it does.)

A few Amazon reviewers complained that the pump pooped out on them and that there was no plain and convenient way to get a new one. However, as of April 19, 2017, the Pump for fermenter jar alone can be bought on Amazon for $5.99 (and free shipping).

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-- Roger Knights 07/24/17