Fermentation Tips

My guides address frequently asked fermentation questions, such as how much salt to use, whether to use a starter and how long to ferment. After fermenting hundreds of batches, I’ve gathered numerous tips and tricks.

I can help you prevent common issues, ensure your ferment stays under the brine, determine how long to ferment, and monitor its progress, allowing you to produce delicious fermented foods for your family.

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How Best to Remove Smells from Plastic & Silicone Kitchenware {2 Key Tips}


Discover 2 key tips to remove smells from plastic and silicone. Learn why these materials retain odor and how best to get rid of them—Simple!

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Best Cabbage for Sauerkraut: Discover the Secret to Tangy Results


Discover the secret to making perfect sauerkraut—find out which cabbage type is best. Tips on how to select the freshest head for fermentation

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Salt Concentration Chart for Vegetable Pickles


Discover the secret to fermenting batch after batch of crunchy pickles. Calculate salt numbers correctly! PDF Total Salt Concentration Chart.

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The Best Fermentation Temperature {Sauerkraut, Pickles, Kimchi}


Learn the science behind fermentation temperature to achieve perfect tang, crunch, and flavor in your homemade pickles, sauerkraut, & kimchi.

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The One Tool You Need for Foolproof Fermentation {Pickles to Sauerkraut}


Discover why a scale is the most important fermentation tool you can own & how to use it to add the right amount of salt. +My favorite scale.

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How Long To Ferment Sauerkraut?


Learn the three stages of fermentation and how to adjust salt concentration, temperature, and time for the best flavor and bacteria count.

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Why is my Fermenting Sauerkraut so Smelly?


Does your fermenting sauerkraut smell like dirty diapers, rotten eggs, or bleach? Discover why, if it's safe, & how to get rid of nasty odor.

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How Much Salt Do I Use to Make Sauerkraut?


Mushy, moldy sauerkraut? How much salt to use is key when fermenting sauerkraut. Use these measurements to ensure delicious tang and crunch.

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What is the Best Salt for Fermentation {Sauerkraut, Pickles}?


Discover the best salt for fermentation success. Explore various types of salt & learn which one to choose for great results. FREE PDF Guide

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Kimchi vs. Sauerkraut [The Complete Guide]


What are the differences between kimchi & sauerkraut? Is one healthier? Typical ingredients for each? How do you learn to ferment either one?

Woman packing a jar with sliced cabbage and grated carrot mixture for making sauerkraut. | MakeSauerkraut.com.

Best Fermentation Tips [Embrace those B.U.G.S.S.S.]


The B.U.G.S.S.S. acronym is a fun way to remember six of my best fermentation tips that will help you ferment safe and delicious sauerkraut.

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Which Vegetables and Seasonings Should I Use to Make Sauerkraut?


Cabbage is a must have when making sauerkraut, but what other vegetables or spices work? Ensure delicious sauerkraut with these suggestions.

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