Equipment for fermenting

You’ve read the recipes I’ve posted, you saw how easy it was to make, and now you’ve decided, “Yes, I want to make sauerkraut!” (or kimchi!)

Besides buying some cabbage and salt, you are going to need a container for your fermented wonder. You’ll notice in the recipes, they tell you that the cabbage must remain submerged, and thus they recommend using weights. That could be tricky if you don’t have the correct weights.

I found a few items that you can readily pick up via Amazon that will get you on your way to making the sauerkraut or kimchi of your dreams.

Easy Fermenter Wide Mouth Lid Kit: What I like about this kit is that $25.99, it is inexpensive and uses a vacuum pump to eliminate air, and a lids allow gas to escape. The kit includes lids, weights, a recipe book. You provide the large mouth jars.

Humble House SAUERKROCK Fermentation Crock with Glazed Weights – 2 Liter (0.5 Gallon): Let’s say that you want to try fermenting in a traditional way, IN A CROCK! I like this crock as it is small and can easily be moved and stored away. Note that is only a 2 liter/ .5 gallon crock, meaning that you will get at most, 2 quarts of sauerkraut from this crock. These 2 quarts may be enough for just one or two people.

Kenley Fermentation Crock 5 Liter and Pounder – 1.3 Gallon Fermenting Pickling Pot for Healthy Kimchi Sauerkraut Pickles Fermented Vegetables: A larger crock to suit larger needs. The only difference between this crock and the one above is the size, and hence, the price.

Ball Wide Mouth Mason Jars: Eventually, you will want to move your fermented goodness into jars. Ball “wide mouth” is the classic mason jar.

Let us know how your sauerkraut or kimchi turns out. Leave a comment below and send us pictures. We look forward to hearing from you.