Fermentools Starter Kit Review

Fermentools Starter kit review

 I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew. 

I have a garden bursting with goodies right now, but I don't always have the time to can or freeze. One option I've been exploring is fermenting, and the Fermentools starter kit seemed like the right way to start experimenting. Read on to see our honest review and what we really thought of the process. You'll be surprised at how easy it is!

What is the Fermentool Starter Kit?

This includes everything you need to make one jar of fermented food, not including the glass canning jar, the jar ring, the food, spices, and the liquid for the brine.

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You do get:

  • Stainless steel lid
  • Rubber canning gasket
  • Air lock
  • Rubber stopper
  • Glass Fermentation weight
  • Himalayan pink salt (with over 80 trace minerals!)
  • Instruction guide with recipe

It all comes in a nifty cloth bag, too, for keeping everything together until you need it. 

How does it work?

Honestly, this may be the easiest way to make fermented foods. To test it out, I made a fermented celery recipe, and this is how I did it.

1. I started with a clean glass pint canning jar. I cut up about 1 and a half cups of washed celery.

2. I mixed up 2 tablespoons of the pink salt and 2 cups water. The salt dissolves to quickly and easily. You do not need to heat the water or even stir. 

3. Add the cut celery to the jar. Pour the brine over until covered. 

4. Set the glass weight on top.

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5. Put the rubber gasket on the mouth of the glass jar. Place the lid on top of that. Screw on your own jar band.

5. Fill the air lock to the line with clean tap water. Push it into the rubber stopper, then put the stopper into the hole in the top of your jar lid.

6. Set the jar in a dark, cool place to ferment for 6 or 7 days. You will not need to "burp" the jar to let out carbon dioxide, and you won't have to worry about oxygen getting in. That's what the air lock does for you. 

7. Remove and enjoy on salads or in pickle mix!

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Fermentools Review Summary

The starter kit is pretty much fool-proof, even if you've never fermented before. You'll want to get a few of the air locks, weights, and lids if you want to make a bunch of food, but this kit of easy fermentation tools will help you get familiar with the fermentation process and get access to that yummy salt that just works so well.

What would you make with your kit? Ideas for small batch recipes include sauerkraut, kimchi, fermented vegetables, and pickles. You can do large batches, too -- just get a bigger jar. It's actually much easier than working with a fermentation crock. You don't need to continually monitor or open your jars or keep things sealed with questionable methods (like using rubber bands!) 

Shopping hint: When buying from Fermentools, know if you'll be using wide mouth mason jars or small mouth. The kit will be sized for your choice, and I almost couldn't find any of the wide mouthed rings when it came time to make my first batch. Just be sure what fermentation vessel you'll be most likely to use when you order. 

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