Masontops Pickle Pipe
A new fermenting gadget! 😀 I love getting new tools for my kitchen. I especially love tools that streamline a process and are attractive, too. Read on to learn about one of my new favorites!
The Pickle Pipe
The Pickle Pipe, from Masontops, is a unique one-way silicone valve designed to fit wide-mouth mason jars. This simple but ingenious valve design releases the gases created by fermentation, while preventing oxygen from getting in the jar. Clever!
The Benefits of Using an Airlock
Airlocks have a long history in fermentation, usually in beer and wine production. They protect a ferment from outside contaminants, while preventing a dangerous build-up of fermenting gases. Airlocks are useful in vegetable fermentation because having a closed system reduces the chance of finding a scummy layer of kahm yeast or mold on your ferment. Providing a way for gas to escape eliminates the need to burp your jars manually. Easy peasy!
Simple Airlock Design
In the past, vegetable fermenters have borrowed the 3-piece water airlock that is common in home brewing and affixed them to jar lids. While this does get the job done, these airlocks increase the height of the jar substantially, making them less likely to fit in cupboards or on pantry shelves. The airlocks also need to be monitored during weeks of fermentation to make sure the water doesn’t evaporate. And if gunk from the jar ever oozes up into them, they are a pain to clean.
In contrast, the Pickle Pipe is a “set it and forget it” waterless one-way valve that has a low profile on top of the jar. Masontops provided me with a prototype to use and I’m very pleased with its function! The valve did its job perfectly to vent the gases as needed while keeping oxygen and mold spores out. I was able to set the jar in my cupboard to ferment for 6 weeks without needing to monitor or maintain it in any way.
After use the Pickle Pipe cleans up nicely and can be stored easily in a drawer. It’s a high quality, sturdy piece of silicone that will last for many years. I also like that there aren’t a bunch of little parts to get lost. All I need for fermenting is my mason jar with ring, plus the Pickle Pipe! 🙂
Buy Your Own Pickle Pipe!
Production of the Pickle Pipe is being funded via Kickstarter. I’ve had great experiences with Kickstarter campaigns, and enjoy the opportunity to help bring clever products to market. The Masontops company is well-established and everything I own from them is of the highest quality. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity for an early purchase of the Pickle Pipe!
The Pickle Pipe Kickstarter campaign was fully funded on its opening day! Congratulations to Masontops for their success in bringing this wonderful product to market. You can still yours here. A lot of great packages are being offered so don’t miss out! 🙂
To celebrate the launch of the Pickle Pipe Kickstarter, Masontops has offered to give away a fermenting set which includes their fabulous Pickle Pebbles Plus glass fermentation weights and beautiful Pickle Packer. I own both of these items and they are top quality and have become some of my favorite fermenting tools.
But wait… there’s more! I’ve noticed how sad my Canadian readers get whenever there’s a giveaway and they’re not included so I asked Masontops if they would sponsor a set for Canadians – and they said yes! Below you will find two Rafflecopter giveaways, one for U.S. residents and one for Canadian residents. Please be sure to enter the correct giveaway or your entry will be invalid. Good luck! 🙂
Masontops provided me with free product for this review, and is sponsoring the giveaway. My opinions are my own. 🙂