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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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UPDATE:

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! 🙂

GIVEAWAY!

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.

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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! 🙂

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Masontops provided me with free product for this review, and is sponsoring the giveaway. My opinions are my own. 🙂

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18 Responses

  1. Pat says:

    Interesting.

  2. Stephanie says:

    These look really neat!! Can’t wait to get some!

  3. Tamara says:

    Looks like something I would use. I am new to fermenting and LOVING it!

  4. Rebecca says:

    Yep, sponsored….

  5. Sheena says:

    Thanks for including the Canucks! So sweet!

  6. Lorrie says:

    I want one! I love fermented carrots. Can’t get enough!!

  7. Annie says:

    Hi Sarah, thanks for all this. You’ve inspired me. I’m wondering about the diameter of these things, and whether they’d fit inside the rings on Kilner jars, which are the main brand in the UK. I can’t remember how wide Mason jars are… x
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  8. Margaret says:

    Sarah, what’s your thought or knowledge on the use of silicone on our food? Do these tops touch the food itself? Are they used in place of the mason round lid, just using the rings to attach to jars? Curious

    • Sarah Miller says:

      The Pickle Pipe is food-grade BPA-free silicone. It sits on top of the jar in place of the lid, and is secured with the mason jar ring. The fermenting food should not touch the Pickle Pipe, unless the jar is overfilled and oozes out the top. In that case, contact with the Pickle Pipe is fine. I wouldn’t personally want to ferment in a silicone container, but using a lid that has no or very little contact with the food doesn’t trouble me.

  9. Shivani says:

    Wonderful – would like to have this in Europe als well. Can it be shipped?
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  10. Jenny Rose says:

    I’ve been eyeing that Kickstarter and didn’t get a chance to back it. I’m glad it got funded and I can’t wait to get my hands on a few of these to test at home. I have a massive supply of mason jars at home thanks to my dad’s voracious gardening and canning habits!

    • Sarah Miller says:

      You will love them! I’m so happy with all my Masontops products. 🙂

      • elizabeth says:

        HI, Sarah,
        Do you have recipes for fermenting veggies with a combo of lower salt and , let’s say , with lemon juice and or celery juice ? as an alternative to all salt and what is your opinion on the results and how long can it keep after finishing fermenting.

  11. elizabeth says:

    HI, Sarah,
    Do you have recipes for fermenting veggies with a combo of lower salt and , let’s say , with lemon juice and or celery juice ? as an alternative to all salt and what is your opinion on the results and how long can it keep after finishing fermenting.

  12. Tina says:

    I’m new to fermenting, but I’m very happy with my purchase of Pickle Pipes, glass weights and wooden tamper. So far, I haven’t had any issues with mold or kahm yeast on my ferments. Admittedly, I wish everything wasn’t so expensive… but for what ferments cost in the store, I probably shouldn’t complain! If anyone is interested in items from the masontops website, you can use the code FERMENT7 to save 7% through the end of 2016.
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  13. Debra Cox says:

    need to knokw how to order, not seeing a pricing list…

  14. Hi there. I have a problem with a ferment that’s gone wrong and I wonder if you have advice. I wanted to try to make some aged chile mash like Tabasco uses, except with New Mexico Hatch chiles. My recipe is about 2 Tablespoons of salt per quart of mash. I use my food processor to pulverize it, and I also add a few cloves of fresh garlic. Knowing that green chiles are not very high in sugar I also added a couple teaspoons of sugar.

    Everything was great for about the first week. I got nice bubbling, but now going into the second week, the Pickle Pipes aren’t bubbling out, but rather being pulled down as if a vacuum has been created inside the jar. The pressure ends up pulling the pipes away from the jar ring, and it pops out of place. Of the six jars I started with, only one remains sealed. When the others opened I put normal lids on and they’re in the fridge now, so I guess I have a nice sour salsa to use here. Problem was that I wanted to put these in the closet to continue to age for a year or longer, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to be possible if this keeps happening.

    There are a couple of other things:
    -The water and the mash were separating frequently for the first week. I would wake up in the morning to see about 1/4th of the volume of the jar as water at the bottom, with the mash floating on it. I shook the jars each morning to mix it all back together. Should I maybe put some xanthan gum in there to prevent the separation? Or would it be better to not mess with it at all?

    Here are a couple of possibly contributing factors:

    -When the Pickle Pipes got pressurized and bubbled up, I would occasionally release some of that gas by squeezing the nipple of it a little. It seems like if I hadn’t done that, this situation with the vacuum might not have come to be. Any guesses on what is causing that? Would it be dangerous to allow a little air in? Or does that create a risk of mold/botulism problems?

    I took a photo of one of the imploding jars. I’ll put the URL for it in the website field.

    Just as a side note for people fermenting peppers, I thought they tasted better at just 3 days fermented. The 1 and 2 week jars are very sour, I’m not really sure if it’s a flavor I like on food just yet.

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