Kraut Source Fermenting Lid
Hey, everyone! I recently found out about this new fermenting gadget that I think is really cool. The best part? I get to host a giveaway! YAY! I love telling my readers about my favorite stuff, but it’s even better when I get to share those things with you. 🙂
Kraut Source fermentation lids are a new all-in-one product that solves the dilemma of “what can I use as a weight?” With a design reminiscent of a Japanese pickle press, this stainless steel lid has a built in spring-loaded plate, that when released exerts just the right amount of pressure on your veggies to keep them well below the brine during days or weeks of fermentation. It’s important to keep things submerged during fermentation because exposed veggies can: oxidize, turning brown and unappealing; develop a scum of kahm yeast; or grow mold.
Kraut Source also works as an airlock, allowing fermentation gases to escape while preventing oxygen from entering. This is a nice feature because you don’t have to worry about burping your jars, and the oxygen-less environment discourages scum and molds.
I received a Kraut Source prototype and can tell you that it is very well-made, heavy and sturdy, and will hold up to many years of use. Kraut Source lids are made of high-quality 316L stainless steel, which is resistant to corrosion and preferred for commercial fermentation. (You can read more about 316L stainless steel here.) Each Kraut Source contains: a lid with moat, press with spring, and a cap. In the photo below you can see how the press holds down the veggies:
Here are some photos of my Kraut Source in action. I made Hot Pink Onions, which is a very active, bubbly ferment.
After 2 weeks you can see that the brine has risen up from the CO2, but the onions are still held firmly underneath by the press. No chance of mold here!
Kraut Source is not yet available in stores, but you can purchase it online via the company’s Kickstarter campaign. (Later it will be available for purchase here.) This campaign has been hugely successful and was fully funded in just 4 days! There is still time to back the project, and they are offering some nice packages at great prices.
After the Kickstarter project ends, owners Karen Diggs and Eric Klein will immediately begin production and plan to fulfill orders in November – just in time to make your fall kraut. 😉
But Wait… There’s More!
I really appreciate you taking the time to read all about Kraut Source. As a thank you, Karen and I would like to offer one of my readers a free HARDCORE FERMENTER set: 3 Kraut Source lids (no jars) and a printed how-to & recipe booklet. This set is available at the $65 pledge level and would be ideal for any fermenter.
Entry via Rafflecopter widget below. Contest is open to U.S. residents only and prize will be delivered in November 2014 (estimated). Good luck, everybody! 😀
The Nitty Gritty
I’m acquainted with Karen via online fermenting forums and reached out to her when I heard about the Kraut Source. She sent me a free prototype to use and review, with no obligation to promote it, but I liked it so much I decided to anyway. 😉
UPDATE: Congratulations, Tammy M. for winning the set of 3 Kraut Source Fermenting lids! 😀