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I have always wanted to make saurkraut, but have felt it was an overwhelming process. We got a chance to review the Starter Kit from Fermentools. This was such a super easy process, and my husband is in love.
The Fermentools Starter Kit arrives with the basics to start fermenting your own foods. Fermenting foods is a centuries old procedure to preserve food, and also give your body maximum health benefits from what you are eating. Our kit arrived with a bag of fermenting salt and the basics below.
There is also a short instruction book to get you started. We provided the food and the wide mouth glass canning jar.
Joe love jalapenos. So we started with a basic jalapeno coleslaw. I cheated and bought pre-shredded coleslaw. Then I mashed and mashed, and lets just say this took a little while. As you mash the coleslaw you are breaking out the natural juices by adding the pink fermenting salt (included in the Starter Kit) to the mixture. I'm going to say it was a good 20-30 minutes. Joe and I took turns.
Then we added fresh sliced jalapenos to the mixture and continued to mash it some more.
I don't know if it was the cabbage slaw we used, but I took the advice from the instruction book and we added some filtered spring water to the mixture. Included in the Starter Kit is a glass disk. This disk is called a glass fermentation weight and it's made specifically to fit inside a standard wide-mouth Mason jar. I wondered why I would need that. You can see in the picture that you use that as a weight to keep the cabbage mixture below the water/juice line. I added the special Airlock system, the stainless steel lid from the Starter Kit, and the rubber stopper (also included). The whole process to get this first batch going took us a little over an hour.
And then the killer part starts......the waiting game. You can eat this in as little as a few days. But for a good kraut, you should be patient and let it sit in a cool, dark place for at least 3 weeks minimum. This was the jar after 3 weeks of patiently sitting on the counter.
This is now a hit. Joe really likes his homemade jalapeno sauerkraut. I'm going to need to keep a batch in rotation as he eat this. And best of all, he is getting better health benefits than all the store bought probiotics that he was taking before.
The Fermentools Starter Kit took away my fear out of getting started in making my own sauerkraut. This is really a very simple process!!! Now to try other foods!
As a special for our readers, Fermentools is offering a discount of 15% off orders if you use the Coupon Code: Crew2020 before June 30, 2020! I plan on ordering an extra couple kits so that I can try more foods at the same time.