DIY Essentials: Making a Fermenting Jar
Andy Anderson !
I shopped about on Amazon, and found that you can spend 50 bucks or more on fermenting jars; which are basically modified canning jars. So, in the spirit of American ingenuity, we are going to make our own using a few parts from good ole’ Amazon.
And the price is only $9.79 per jar, and if you use my hack for the fermentation weights, that brings the price down to $4.79 per jar. And do not forget that you can use them over-and-over again
So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen. Or, in this case the workshop.
How to Make DIY Essentials: Making a Fermenting Jar
Fermentation weights to keep your veggies under the brine. After several misses I found these for $20.00 for 4. This is the most expensive part of the kit, but I will show you a hack if you do not want to purchase them.
- Place your veggies and brine into the jar, and then add the fermentation weight. If you do not wish to buy the glass fermentation weights, then crumble up a piece of wax, or parchment paper, and use it to push down the veggies into the brine. If you use the paper hack you will save 5 bucks per jar. I do; however, prefer the glass weights.
- Chef’s Note: It goes without saying (but I am going to say it anyway) that you can use larger jars for your formatting. The size I am creating in the photographs is what I call my “test batch” jar. It is large enough to use when I am experimenting on new fermenting ideas, and if I like it, I will move to a larger jar. Just remember, the larger the jar, the longer it takes for the fermenting process to take.