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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Fermentation weights to keep your ferment below the brine. | makesauerkraut.com

3 Key Items for Keeping Your Ferments Safe [BELOW THE BRINE]


Crucial for successful fermentation of sauerkraut is keeping everything below the brine and away from air. This is done with fermentation weights and...

A wooden bowl of sauerkraut. | makesauerkraut.com

15 EXPERT Fermentation Tips to Ferment the Perfect Batch Every Time


15 Fermentation Tips to ensure you successfully ferment your sauerkraut. #7 The best way to hold your ferments below the brine. #4 Do you need to sanitize equipment?

Jar of sauerkraut gone bad. | makesauerkraut.com

Has Your Sauerkraut Fermentation Gone Bad? Three Fermentation Rules and Many Troubleshooting Tips


Are there uninvited guests lurking in your jar of sauerkraut? Follow the three basic fermentation rules and wave good-bye to slimy, moldy, mushy sauerkraut.

Jar of bare sauerkraut. | makesauerkraut.com

SALTY Cabbage to SOUR Sauerkraut: Fermentation Signs to Monitor


Fermentation signs for sauerkraut to monitor and tweak. Bubbles rising to the surface? Smell? Color? Overflowing brine? Browning? Dry? Add brine? Or not?

Cabbage sliced in eight different ways. | makesauerkraut.com

How to Slice Cabbage [Which is the BEST for Perfect Sauerkraut?]


Are you looking for evenly fermented sauerkraut that tastes WOW! How to slice cabbage to get the texture you want. Chef's knife? Mandolin? Food processor?

A womans hand packing the jar of sauerkraut. | makesauerkraut.com

Dry Sauerkraut? 17 Transformative Tips [BONUS: Gut Shots Recipe]


Dry sauerkraut is frustrating to experience. Why? Where did all the brine go? What to do? Simple tips to deal with dry sauerkraut. BONUS Gut Shots Recipe.

Jars of sauerkraut in a refrigerator. | makesauerkraut.com

5 Ways to Store Fermented Sauerkraut [One is Controversial]


Storing fermented sauerkraut can be a challenge when there is not enough room in your refrgerator. Freeze? DIY root cellar? Canning? The heat of canning...

Image of vinegar, starter culture, brine, whey and celery juice.| makesauerkraut.com

5 Ingredients I NEVER Use in My Sauerkraut [or Vegetable Ferments] and Why


Why a starter culture, whey, vinegar, celery juice or leftover brine is not necessary to safely ferment sauerkraut or vegetables. What happens if used?

Salt by weight for perfect sauerkraut, every time. | makesauerkraut.com

Salt by Weight for Delicious Sauerkraut… Batch after Batch


How much salt - and which salt - is best to repeatedly ferment delicious sauerkraut batch after batch? Salt by taste? Salt by measuring? Salt by weight?

Image of sauerkraut, thermometer and sun icon. | makesauerkraut.com

11 Cool Fermentation Tips for Hot Weather


Moldy, mushy sauerkraut? Trying to make sauerkraut in hot weather? Fermentation tips cool your ferment and ensure success: Adjust salt, the Wet T-shirt...

Woman peeking into a refrigerator. | makesauerkraut.com

A Peek Inside my Refrigerator: I Threw Out 5 Jars of Sauerkraut, One was Pretty Bad!


I often get questions: Has my sauerkraut gone bad? Is my sauerkraut safe to eat? How do I know? Let's look inside my fridge to see if there's some bad stuff.

Image of Holly making sauerkraut. | makesauerkraut.com

Frequently Asked Questions about Lacto-fermented Sauerkraut [FAQs]


Find out about benefits, customs, fermentation and fun stuff associated with sauerkraut. What is lacto-fermented sauerkraut? Does sauerkraut give you gas?

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