Fermenting Supplies for Sauerkraut & Vegetables [The Classics, The Latest, The Greatest]

Listed here is a detailed collection of fermenting supplies for making sauerkraut and other ferments: jars, weights, lids, airlocks, crocks, salts, scales, mandolins, bowls, and books. This selection is hand-curated and most items have been thoroughly tried and tested by me for one-stop shopping for you

The¬†ones noted with “My TOP Pick!” are what I grab each and every time I make a batch of sauerkraut and are highly recommend for any Fermentation Ninja wannabe. ūüôā

When first making naturally fermented sauerkraut, you really need just a few fermenting supplies:

  • A container of some sort, a canning jar is ideal.
  • A weight to hold your sauerkraut or¬†fermenting mixture below the brine.
  • A lid to seal your¬†jar.

Below are some options, along with specialty crocks to consider purchasing once you have the knowledge and desire to make large batches.

Fermentation Jars

There is a wide range of containers out there that can be used for fermentation all the way from a used pickle jar to a 10-liter water-sealed ceramic crock. They all get the job done, some with a bit more ease than others. And some with better results than others.

Canning Jars

Canning jars Рsold under the name Mason, Ball, Kilner, Bernardin, and others Р make for a great first fermentation vessel. The quart-sized (liter) jar is perfect for beginning fermenters. It allows you to make a small batch of sauerkraut, experiment with various recipes and develop the necessary fermentation skills and intuition to troubleshoot if a batch does not turn out to the best of your liking

Don’t be afraid to buy a case (12) – also found in stores where home canning supplies are sold – of the jars. Just make sure you buy the wide-mouth jar. Not only will you have them to make more sauerkraut, but they come in handy for all sorts of uses in your home.

Fermentation Jar: My TOP Pick!

Any brand of glass canning jar is a top pick for me. Just make sure it is wide-mouth and one-quart (liter). Don’t worry about the image shown in the box below; just select the right size on the Amazon product page.

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Ball Mason Wide Mouth Quart Jars with Lids and Bands, Set of 12
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Ball Mason Wide Mouth Quart Jars with Lids and Bands, Set of 12
  • Ball wide mouth quart jar. The size of the jar is based on filling it to the rim.
  • Ideal for preserving jams, jellies sauces, mustard & flavored vinegar
  • Custom time tested ceiling compound help ensure a quality seal with each lid

Fido-Style Wire-Bale Clamp Jars

Another jar option for fermentation are wire-bale jars with clamp lids commonly called “Fido” jars. Many swear by them as the only way to create an anaerobic ferment in a glass jar.¬†With¬†these jars, a¬†thick gasket and a¬†strong wire bale holding down the lid create¬†an¬†airtight seal. Some ferment in them without an airlock saying that built-up gasses exert enough pressure to slightly lift the lid and escape between the rubber gasket and lid.

If fermenting in them without an airlock stick to the name brands such as Bormioli Rocco, Fido and Le Parfait which are made from hardened glass, instead of using the cheap knockoffs. Most no-name jars are made in China with thin glass, which is not usually hardened, and come with low-quality gaskets. This is important in order to avoid jars exploding when CO2 gasses build up during the early stages of fermentation.

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Bormioli Rocco B071RRRZNY Fido Clear Glass Jar with 85 mm Gasket, 1 Liter (Pack of 2)
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Bormioli Rocco B071RRRZNY Fido Clear Glass Jar with 85 mm Gasket, 1 Liter (Pack of 2)
  • Includes Two 1 Liter Bormioli Rocco Fido Clear Canning Jars - Made in Italy
  • Versatile Jar can be used to store pasta,beans,rice and more
  • The absence of lead guarantees 100% recyclable products

Fermentation Weights

One of the key factors for successful fermentation of sauerkraut and other vegetables is the use of fermentation weight to keep everything below the brine and away from air. This prevents the growth of mold and yeasts.

As I use and evaluate the various fermentation weights on the market, I find it necessary to classify them into three categories in order to help you better understand the various ways in which a fermentation weight works: fermentation weight, fermentation gate, and fermentation spring.

A fermentation weight relies upon weight to hold your ferment below the brine. The one drawback to a fermentation weight is that it is often not heavy enough. During fermentation, the large number of air bubbles created within the packed sauerkraut force the cabbage to expand and move the weight up and thus expose your fermenting cabbage to air.

A fermentation¬†gate¬†is a device locked into the neck of the jar to prevent your ferment from moving upwards in the jar or ‚Äúheaving.‚ÄĚ The challenge when using a fermentation gate is to pack the jar to just the right height. Too high and you have ‚Äúbrine overflow.‚ÄĚ Too low and the fermentation gate can‚Äôt apply its force.

A fermentation spring relies upon the pressure from a stainless steel coiled spring to push your ferment down under the brine.

My blog post, Fermentation Weights: Keep Your Ferments Below the Brine, covers options for items found around the home that can be used as fermentation weights.

And, in BEST Fermentation Weight for Fermenting in Jars [28-Day Challenge], I tested many of the fermentation weights to see which ones kept your ferment below the brine for the duration of fermentation time period.

PickleHelix by Trellis & Co.: My TOP Pick!

Josh, co-founder of Trellis & Company comes from an engineering background; engineering experience with springs to be more precise. ūüí° ¬†Look carefully at the image. You’ll see how the spring is tightly wrapped where it is intended to sit on your fermenting vegetables. See how well the PickleHelix keeps your ferment below the brine in this blog post.

The PickleHelix is best used with their stainless steel airlock lids or a “solid” lid of some type, such as these white plastic lids. They will not work with the Pickle Pipe airlock lid.

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Trellis + Co. Stainless Steel Fermentation Jar Kit | 3 Waterless Fermenter Airlock Lids & 3 Pickle Helix Fermentation Weights, for Wide Mouth Mason Jars | Recipe eBook Included with Fermenting Kit
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Trellis + Co. Stainless Steel Fermentation Jar Kit | 3 Waterless Fermenter Airlock Lids & 3 Pickle Helix Fermentation Weights, for Wide Mouth Mason Jars | Recipe eBook Included with Fermenting Kit
  • KIT INCLUDES: 3 x 316 Stainless Steel Fermentation Lids with waterless silicone airlocks for...
  • FERMENT LIKE A PRO: Pro fermenters use nothing but stainless steel why shouldn't you? Our...
  • WATERLESS AIRLOCKS: We ditched the pool of stagnant pathogen-filled water sitting right over...

Glass Fermentation Weights

MasonTops were the first ones on the block to make glass fermentation weights. I review them in my post, Pickle Pipe Pickle Pebble [MasonTops] REVIEW: Delightfully Simple.

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Masontops Pickle Pebble Glass Infinity Weights for Fermenting - Pickling Weight Set - Wide Mouth Mason Jar Fermentation
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Masontops Pickle Pebble Glass Infinity Weights for Fermenting - Pickling Weight Set - Wide Mouth Mason Jar Fermentation
  • DON'T LET YOUR FERMENTING VEGETABLES SPOIL: A critical step in making healthy and delicious...
  • CUSTOM DESIGNED FOR MASON JARS: Pickle Pebbles are specially designed by Masontops - the mason...
  • FINGER GRIP FOR EASY REMOVAL: Once you're ready to sample your healthy and delicious fermented...

Fermentalogy also makes a popular set.

Sauer Stones - Large Glass Fermentation Weights for Mason Jar Fermentation, Preservation and Pickling - Fits ANY WIDE MOUTH MASON JAR - 4 Pack
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Sauer Stones - Large Glass Fermentation Weights for Mason Jar Fermentation, Preservation and Pickling - Fits ANY WIDE MOUTH MASON JAR - 4 Pack
  • 4 Weights and Secure Gift Box Included
  • Approximately 2.75" in Diameter x 0.75" in Thickness - slightly curved bottom allows air and...
  • Made from High Quality Lead-Free Pure Soda Lime Glass and Tested by SGS North America

Another popular option is the Easy Weight which comes with a grooved handle for easy removal.

The Easy Weight - Fermentation Weights with Grooved Handles - Small Batch Sauerkraut, Pickles or Other Fermented Foods- Fermenting for ANY Wide Mouth Mason Jars (4 Pack)
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The Easy Weight - Fermentation Weights with Grooved Handles - Small Batch Sauerkraut, Pickles or Other Fermented Foods- Fermenting for ANY Wide Mouth Mason Jars (4 Pack)
  • UPDATED DESIGN - EASIER TO PLACE AND EASY TO REMOVE: Have you struggled with home made or...
  • THE PERFECT FIT FOR WIDE MOUTH MASON JARS: The Easy Weight has been specifically created to fit...
  • HIGH QUALITY HEAVY GLASS TO WEIGH DOWN YOUR VEGETABLES: These weights are thick and heavy. Just...

If you’re looking for fermentation weights for a ceramic crock, these by Stone Creek Trading are a favorite of mine. Be sure to check the size of your crock before ordering.

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Luna Glass Crock Weights, 6.5'
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Luna Glass Crock Weights, 6.5"
  • Non-Porous Glass Weights for Fermenting Crocks
  • Upgraded alternative to traditional porous ceramic weights
  • Won't absorb anything, easy to clean, won't transfer flavor or smells
Luna Glass Crock Weights, 5.5'
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Luna Glass Crock Weights, 5.5"
  • Non-Porous Glass Weights for Fermenting Crocks
  • Upgraded alternative to traditional porous ceramic weights
  • Won't absorb anything, easy to clean, won't transfer flavor or smells

Kraut Source Fermentation Lid by Kraut Source

The spring in this complete fermentation kit works much like the PickleHelix though it is made from a lighter gauge wire and doesn’t exert quite as much force. It comes with a lid that creates a seal through the use of a water-filled moat, much like the ceramic, water-sealed fermentation crocks. See¬†Kraut Source Fermentation Lid REVIEW [Solid Design]¬†for an in-depth review of the lid by Kraut Source.

Kraut Source Fermentation Lid
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Kraut Source Fermentation Lid
  • Makes fermenting foods like sauerkraut, pickles, salsa, kimchi and more fun and easy.
  • It fits on standard wide-mouth mason jars*, allowing you make pint, quart, or half-gallon sized...
  • Specially designed to keep air out and fermenting fruits and veggies submerged in brine.

Pickle-Pushing No-Float Jar-Packer by The Ultimate Pickle Jar Company

The owners of Ultimate Pickle Jar Company come from a home canning background. Once they started fermenting, they saw the need for an affordable way to keep fermenting vegetables below the brine. They use 316 stainless steel, FDA Grade BPA-free and phthalate-free silicone, and BPA-free and phthalate-free plastic. Full details are found in my Review Blog Post, Pickle-Pushing No-Float Jar-Packer Review: Ingenious.

Pickle-Pushing No-Float Jar-Packer. | makesauerkraut.com

Pickle-Pushing No-Float Jar-Packer

  • Silicone disk with tabs that effectively holds your fermenting sauerkraut below the brine.
  • For use in wide-mouth quart (liter) canning jars.
  • Complete kits sold for a single jar, 3 jars or 6 jars.

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ViscoDisc Canning Buddies

The ViscoDisc Canning Buddies are simple, affordable and quite effective. Full details are in my in-depth Review Blog Post, ViscoDisc Canning Buddies REVIEW [Simple & Affordable]. These have been used in the commercial canning industry for over ten years and just recently have been introduced to the home fermentation market.

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ViscoDisc Canning Buddies- Wide Mouth Mason Jar Canning Inserts- Helps Keep Your Pickled Fruits and Veggies Submerged Under the Brine While Fermenting (Wide Mouth Inserts & Inserter)
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ViscoDisc Canning Buddies- Wide Mouth Mason Jar Canning Inserts- Helps Keep Your Pickled Fruits and Veggies Submerged Under the Brine While Fermenting (Wide Mouth Inserts & Inserter)
  • 12 Pack Wide Mouth Mason Jar Canning Inserts with Insert tool- Makes Canning and Jarring Easier
  • Ensures Your Veggies and Fruit Always Stay Under the Brine. No More Spoilage, No More Soggy...
  • Improve the Shelf Life of Your Preserved Foods, Saving Your Hard Work and Money

4 ounce (125 gm) Small “Jelly Jar”

This is the smallest of the canning jars and is found in stores where home canning supplies are sold. This little jar works more like a counter-force than a weight. It is placed inside a quart jar on top of your packed sauerkraut. As the sauerkraut pushes up on the little jar, it’s held in place by the lid and can go no further, thus keeping your ferment below the brine. This fermentation weight performed better than expected in my recent BEST Fermentation Weight for Fermenting in Jars 28-Day Challenge.

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Ball Mason 4oz Quilted Jelly Jars with Lids and Bands, Set of 12
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Ball Mason 4oz Quilted Jelly Jars with Lids and Bands, Set of 12
  • Ball 4 oz quilt jelly
  • Ideal for preserving jams, jellies sauces, mustard & flavored vinegar
  • Custom time tested ceiling compound help ensure a quality seal with each lid

Fermentation Lids

Fermentation is an anaerobic process – without air. Ideally, you use a lid to seal your jar to reduce the chances of molds and yeasts growing on the surface. Choices range all the way from the metal rim and lid that is included when purchasing canning jars to various lids that include an air-lock, one-way valve or even a water-sealed moat.

For a more in-depth discussion of the various types of fermentation lids and how they work, see my post, 9 TOP Fermentation Lids for Mason Jar Fermentation [HOW AIRLOCKS WORK].

Fermentation Lids without Airlocks

To seal your quart (liter) jar, any of the various plastic storage caps work great. Unlike the metal lids that come with canning jars, the plastic ones will not corrode. Lids with seals will do a better job of keeping air out of your ferment. Since none of the lids in this set contain airlocks, they are not screwed on super tight during the active stage of fermentation where a build up of gases could cause your jar to explode.

These lids by MasonTops include a silicon gasket that fits snugly into a recessed section of the lid. The angled edges are a welcome design when trying to loosen an extra-tight lid.

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Masontops Tough Tops Premium Reusable Mason Jar Storage Lids - 4 Pack - Fits Any Wide Mouth Ball Kerr Bernardin Mason Jar
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Masontops Tough Tops Premium Reusable Mason Jar Storage Lids - 4 Pack - Fits Any Wide Mouth Ball Kerr Bernardin Mason Jar
  • Premium storage lids for wide-mouth mason jars - FITS ANY SIZE OF WIDE MOUTH MASON JAR (1/2...
  • Made from sturdy food-safe and BPA free materials and includes silicone gasket seals to create...
  • Functional and attractive mason jar drygoods and liquid or beverage storage

White-Plastic Storage Caps

These inexpensive lids by Ball are also readily found alongside canning supplies. I use them for storing my many jars of sauerkraut and recommend them for first-time fermenters who may want to keep their initial costs down.

Ball Wide-Mouth Plastic Storage Caps, 8-Count
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Ball Wide-Mouth Plastic Storage Caps, 8-Count
  • Use these plastic caps for versatile storage
  • Perfect for the freezer and refrigerator as well as dry storage
  • Contains eight reusable wide mouth plastic storage caps

Silicone gaskets, sold separately, can be placed inside plastic storage caps to make them air-tight and leak-proof.

Platinum Silicone Sealing Rings Gaskets for Leak Proof Mason Jar Lids (10 Pack, Wide Mouth)
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Platinum Silicone Sealing Rings Gaskets for Leak Proof Mason Jar Lids (10 Pack, Wide Mouth)
  • 10 Reusable Seals for *Wide Mouth* Mason Jar Lids. Wide Mouth Mason Jars are 3" Internal...
  • Leak Proof and Air Tight - For Ball plastic storage caps, MJL stainless steel storage lids, and...
  • Fits and Seals Better Than Other Brands - Thicker and with a groove. The groove goes up, toward...

These high-quality, colorful lids come with recessed silicon gaskets. I’m slowly accumulating a set of them for storing my various fermented pastes, relishes, and chutneys.

iLIDS Mason Jar Storage Lid, Wide Mouth, Beach, 3-Pack
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iLIDS Mason Jar Storage Lid, Wide Mouth, Beach, 3-Pack
  • The one-piece storage lid makes it possible to shake up your smoothie or have airtight storage...
  • Ilids are perfect to cover your jars of canned foods after the canning lids have been removed
  • Fits mason jars with 3 3/8" outer edge diameter

Fermentation Lids with Airlocks

If you use a lid with an airlock, gasses that build up during fermentation can escape but no new air can enter. Many say this makes for a higher-quality ferment with better levels of beneficial bacteria. For a more in-depth discussion of the types of airlocks and how they work, see my in-depth blog post, 9 TOP Fermentation Lids for Mason Jar Fermentation [HOW AIRLOCKS WORK].

Pickle Pipe by Mason Tops: My TOP Pick!

The Pickle Pipe by Mason Tops is one of my favorites. I love how the lid bulges as the CO2 gases accumulate. A sure sign that fermentation is happening as discussed in my in-depth blog post, Pickle Pipe Pickle Pebble [MasonTops] REVIEW: Delightfully Simple. You will need a fermentation weight and a metal band to hold it in place when using the Pickle Pipe.

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Masontops Pickle Pipe - One-Piece Silicone Waterless Fermentation Airlock Lids for Mason Jar Fermentation - Wide Mouth - 4 Pack
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Masontops Pickle Pipe - One-Piece Silicone Waterless Fermentation Airlock Lids for Mason Jar Fermentation - Wide Mouth - 4 Pack
  • One-piece silicone waterless airlock eliminates risk of mold without any daily maintenance
  • 4 pickle pipes included (red, teal, purple, blue) which work with any wide mouth mason jar
  • BPA-free, food-grade silicone is dishwasher safe and reusable for many years

If you are wanting to avoid using silicone or plastic, here’s this well-designed stainless steel lid. It is also available as a kit that includes the Helix fermentation “weight” as described above.

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Trellis + Co. 316 Stainless Steel Fermentation Lids | 3 Silicone Waterless Fermenter Airlock Lids | Easy Lacto Fermenting Wide Mouth Mason Jar Canning Lids | Free Recipe eBook Included
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Trellis + Co. 316 Stainless Steel Fermentation Lids | 3 Silicone Waterless Fermenter Airlock Lids | Easy Lacto Fermenting Wide Mouth Mason Jar Canning Lids | Free Recipe eBook Included
  • INCLUDES: 3 x 316 Stainless Steel Fermentation Lids with waterless silicone airlocks. Fits most...
  • FERMENT LIKE A PRO: Pro fermenters use nothing but stainless steel why shouldn't you? Our...
  • WATERLESS AIRLOCKS: We ditched the pool of stagnant pathogen-filled water sitting right over...

This fermentation lid includes an extractor pump that enables you to suction out any air left in your jar. You would do this after the first week of fermentation or before moving your finished ferment to the refrigerator. An easy twist tab incorporated in the lid makes for easy removal of tight lids. For both of these, you will need a fermentation weight.

Easy Fermenter Wide Mouth Lid Kit: Simplified Fermenting In Jars Not Crock Pots! Make Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Pickles Or Any Fermented Probiotic Foods. 3 Lids(jars not incld), Extractor Pump & Recipes
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Easy Fermenter Wide Mouth Lid Kit: Simplified Fermenting In Jars Not Crock Pots! Make Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Pickles Or Any Fermented Probiotic Foods. 3 Lids(jars not incld), Extractor Pump & Recipes
  • THE ORIGINAL AND BEST: We invented this type of fermenting lid. There are lots of imitations,...
  • WE'RE WITH YOU ALL THE WAY: You aren't just getting the most fool-proof fermentation system...
  • THESE LIDS MAKE FERMENTATION EASY: Easy Fermenter lids let gas escape, but keep contaminants...

Eden Farmhouse Essentials has refined the design to include 2 tabs on the lid to make removal of the lid even easier.

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Premium Easy Wide-Mouth Fermenting Kit. Track Day and Month. 3 or 6 Waterless Airlock Fermenter Lids, Pump, Help Guide. Ferment Sauerkraut, Pickls, plus all Fermented Probiotics. No Mold Time Saver
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Premium Easy Wide-Mouth Fermenting Kit. Track Day and Month. 3 or 6 Waterless Airlock Fermenter Lids, Pump, Help Guide. Ferment Sauerkraut, Pickls, plus all Fermented Probiotics. No Mold Time Saver
  • INCLUDES-3 Gorgeous BPA-FREE Masonlock Fermenting Lids, Oxygen Extractor Pump, 2 Extra...
  • MONTH & DAY TRACKER-Why pay more?! The ONLY fermenting lid set that offers more for your money...
  • MOLD & MESS FREE-Our FAIL-PROOF Masonlock airlock technology lets carbon dioxide gas (CO2)...

These fermentation lids use the plastic three-piece water-filled cup airlock commonly used by wine and beer makers.

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Fermentology Sauer System Mason Jar Fermentation Airlock Lid Kit - Includes Tough Tops Plastic Mason Jar Lids, 3-Piece Airlocks, Silicone Grommets, Gaskets and Stoppers - WIDE MOUTH - 4 PACK
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Fermentology Sauer System Mason Jar Fermentation Airlock Lid Kit - Includes Tough Tops Plastic Mason Jar Lids, 3-Piece Airlocks, Silicone Grommets, Gaskets and Stoppers - WIDE MOUTH - 4 PACK
  • ALL-IN-ONE - Complete airlock system releases pressure without allowing oxygen or other...
  • FITS ANY WIDE MOUTH JAR - Will work with Ball, Kerr, Bernardin. Any brand of "Wide Mouth" Mason...
  • BPA-FREE - All components are certified BPA-Free and custom made for a perfect fit.

These next two products create a seal through the use of a water-filled moat, much like the ceramic, water-sealed fermentation crocks. Both of these include a way to hold your ferment below the brine, so there is no need to purchase a weight. See Kraut Source Fermentation Lid REVIEW [Solid Design] for an in-depth review of the lid by Kraut Source.

Kraut Source Fermentation Lid
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Kraut Source Fermentation Lid
  • Makes fermenting foods like sauerkraut, pickles, salsa, kimchi and more fun and easy.
  • It fits on standard wide-mouth mason jars*, allowing you make pint, quart, or half-gallon sized...
  • Specially designed to keep air out and fermenting fruits and veggies submerged in brine.
Ferment'n Home Fermentation Kit
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Ferment'n Home Fermentation Kit
  • Make your own sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, hot sauce and more
  • Fits any size wide mouth jar
  • Made in the USA

Water-Sealed Fermentation Crocks

Once you have developed confidence by fermenting sauerkraut in quart jars, you may want to consider purchasing a large specialty crock to ferment larger batches. These newer crocks offer a more stable environment for fermentation. Their innovative water-sealed lid also allows gasses to escape but no air to enter, thus maintaining an oxygen-free fermentation environment. The 5-liters size is a great size for individuals or small families. You can pack 10 pounds of cabbage mixture into it and end up with 5 quarts (liters) of sauerkraut. You’ll also be able to pick the crock up (approximately 25 pounds when full) and fit it in your sink to wash it.

Here is a post detailing everything you need to know before purchasing a fermentation crock, along with a larger coverage of fermentation crocks: Fermentation Crocks: The Who, What, Where, When, Why and How

Below are some water-sealed fermentation crocks I recommend.

Stone Creek Trading imports these crocks from Poland, where a fimly member lives and has a relationship with the artisans who make these crocks. It’s my top pick, even though I receive no compensation from Stone Creek Trading if you purchase one.¬†Small business supporting small business.

Stone Creek Trading water-sealed fermentation crock. | makesauerkraut.com
Boleslawiec Crock from Stone Creek Trading

  • Handcrafted with the rich, abundant clay by local artisans¬†in the Boleslawiec Region of Poland, the Boleslawiec Crock is crafted by those with 60 years of experience.
  • These crocks come with lead-free glass¬†weights – heavier than any other weights I’ve seen – and recipes for pickles and sauerkraut. Reviews on the Stone Creek Trading website all indicate impeccable¬†customer service.
  • In addition, I just noticed that they carry replacement lids, a nice option one hopes to never need. When I moved, my Harsch crock lid broke. Thankfully, I was able to repair it.

Visit Stone Creek Trading


The crock by Humble House comes in a variety of sizes and… colors

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Humble House SAUERKROCK Fermentation Crock with Glazed Weights - 5 Liter (1.3 Gallon) German-Style Water Sealed Jar in Heirloom Red for Fermenting Sauerkaut, Kimchi, Pickles and More
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Humble House SAUERKROCK Fermentation Crock with Glazed Weights - 5 Liter (1.3 Gallon) German-Style Water Sealed Jar in Heirloom Red for Fermenting Sauerkaut, Kimchi, Pickles and More
  • Ferment food the traditional way with our water channel crock jar, lid and weights.
  • 10 in. wide and 12 in. tall; Makes up to 10 standard size mason jars per batch.
  • Fill the gutter with water to seal food from contaminants like dust and insects.

This crock is huge. I pack 25-30 pounds of my seasoned cabbage/vegetable mixture into it and end up with 11‚Äď12 quarts (liters) of sauerkraut. You‚Äôll need strong arms to¬†pick the crock¬†up (40-50 pounds when full) and its size makes it awkward to wash. But, I don’t regret owning it and use it to make a year’s supply of the only sauerkraut my eldest son will eat.

3-Gallon Fermentation Crock Complete Kit
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3-Gallon Fermentation Crock Complete Kit
  • PRODUCT-It's easy to make pickles and sauerkraut in this traditional fermentation crock. The...
  • INCLUDES- crock and top, as well as weights that keep vegetables submerged for effective...
  • MATERIALS- Stoneware with food-safe, lead-free glaze

Available in sizes from 5 liters to 20 liters, this fermentation pot by TSM Harvest has a larger water moat than most and usable handles. I don’t own one but know many of my readers have been happy with their purchase of this crock.¬†The emblem is a sticker that comes off.

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TSM Products 31040 Harvest Fiesta Fermentation Pot with Stone Weight, 5-Liter
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TSM Products 31040 Harvest Fiesta Fermentation Pot with Stone Weight, 5-Liter
  • 5 Liter fermentation pot with water channel or gutter Oxygen and mold free environment for...
  • Lead and cadmium free ceramic and comes with stone weights
  • Hand wash rinse and dry with cloth or paper towel

Mark Campbell water sealed fermentation crock. | makesauerkraut.com

Mark Campbell Ceramics

  • These crocks are wheel-thrown and made-to-order with¬†your choice of glaze colors. Watch his Facebook page to see his never-ending beautiful creations.
  • Design one to sit on your kitchen counter to daily add beauty to your home and inspire you to make sauerkraut! More about Mark Campbell Ceramics here. Be sure to check out his beautiful bowls.
  • He¬†totally gets how flavor-packed sauerkraut can dramatically and effortlessly shift the flavor of a meal¬†which is why I‚Äôm always creating new recipes.

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Sarah Kersten water-sealed fermentation crock. | makesauerkraut.com
Sarah Kersten

  • Modeled after a traditional Chinese design, these crocks are¬†designed by Sarah Kersten and handcrafted¬†at her studio in Berkeley, California.
  • Sarah‚Äôs¬†work is inspired by her love of beautiful, functional ceramics, and her desire to produce heirloom-quality fermentation crocks.
  • Crocks come with glazed porcelain weights and a letter-pressed booklet of recipes and instructions.

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In Canada, Schmitt & Sohn fermentation crocks are available from Bio supply.

Schmitt & Sohn water-sealed fermentation crock. | makesauerkraut.com
Bio Supply

  • Bio Supply carries the Schmitt & Sohn crock in a variety of sizes. With typical German ingenuity, these crocks¬†are created with a modern twist using a natural clay slurry which reduces the weight while increasing the durability.
  • Bio Supply will¬†ship across Canada. Contact them for shipping costs. Their store, House of Nutrition, is located¬†just outside of Victoria, so if you live on Vancouver Island you can pick one up at their store and save on shipping.

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In Nederland, there is the Ken Bours Ceramics Agency. They ship worldwide.

Ken Bours sauerkrautpot. | makesauerkraut.com

Ken Bours Ceramics Agency

  • They carry a variety of water-sealed fermentation crocks in sizes from 2-liters to 25-liters.
  • Style vary all the way from the traditional straight-walled to hand-etched rounded. Some are handmade by master Dutch Ceramist Daniel Lebon.

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For my readers in New Zealand or Australia, the Mad Mille company carries a water-sealed crock.

Mad Millie Fermentation Crock. > makesauerkraut.com

Mad Millie Fermentation 3 Liter Crock

  • Don’t you love the color?
  • It’s a perfect entry level crock. You should be able to pack 5 pounds of cabbage into it and end up with 3 jars of sauerkraut. Those numbers are a guess, based on my experience; I haven’t actually used this size crock.

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In Mudgee, NSW Australia, there is the Scythes company.

Zaklady water-sealed fermentation crock. | makesauerkraut.com

 Scythes Australia

  • They import¬†fermentation crocks from¬†Zaklady Ceramiczne that are made at a¬†factory in Poland.
  • Scythes Australia carries the 5, 10 and 20-liter water-sealed crocks complete with weights and a set of fermentation recipes. I think these crocks are made by the same company making the Boleslawiec crocks shown at the beginning of this section.

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Mineral-Rich Fermentation Salt

Salt is used to create the brine in which the cabbage mixture ferments. Salt pulls water out of the cabbage and vegetables to create an environment where the good bacteria (mainly lactobacillus) can grow and proliferate and the bad bacteria can die off.

I like to ferment with unprocessed mineral-rich salts ‚Äď salts that still have their complete natural profile of minerals. One of the nutritional benefits of fermentation is that it makes minerals bio-available, resulting in more nutritious sauerkraut. For more on selecting a salt for fermentation, see¬†What is the Best Salt to Use When Making Fermented Sauerkraut?

Himalayan Pink Salt: My TOP Pick!

Himalayan Pink Sea Salt is mined from deposits found deep under the Himalayan mountains (from ancient geological oceans) and contains more than 84 trace minerals. Its pink color comes from trace amounts of iron oxide (rust) that is found naturally in the salt. This salt crystallized more than 200 million years ago and remains protected from modern-day pollution and impurities.

The Spice Lab Pink Himalayan Salt - Fine Ground 2lbs - Gourmet Pure Crystal - Nutrient and Mineral Dense for Health - Kosher & Natural Certified
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The Spice Lab Pink Himalayan Salt - Fine Ground 2lbs - Gourmet Pure Crystal - Nutrient and Mineral Dense for Health - Kosher & Natural Certified
  • ORIGIN: Himalayan Dark Pink - Our Gourmet extra fine salt is pure and the finest quality...
  • INGREDIENTS AND MINERALS: Salt crystals range in color from sheer white to varying shades of...
  • CERTIFIED AND NATURAL: The clean crystals are Gourmet Food Grade and the highest quality extra...
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Sherpa Pink Gourmet Himalayan Salt - 5 lbs. Fine Grain
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Sherpa Pink Gourmet Himalayan Salt - 5 lbs. Fine Grain
  • 100% NATURAL PINK & CERTIFIED: Our Sherpa Pink Himalayan Salt is is Kosher Certified, Non-GMO,...
  • FINE GRAIN: This Sherpa Himalayan pink salt is in our slightly larger than standard table salt...
  • TASTES GREAT: Our 100% pure Himalayan Pink Salt is the perfect addition to any meal! Sherpa...

I tend to buy my Himalayan Pink Salt, fine grain in 55-pound bags from SaltWorks.

Redmond Real Salt

Real Salt comes from an ancient sea bed in Central Utah. Redmond Real Salt can be found in health food stores and even in many standard grocery stores.

REDMOND Real Sea Salt - Natural Unrefined Organic Gluten Free Fine, 26 ounce pouch (1 Pack)
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REDMOND Real Sea Salt - Natural Unrefined Organic Gluten Free Fine, 26 ounce pouch (1 Pack)
  • FLAVOR - Real Salt is unlike any salt on earth. It's subtly sweet, never bitter sea salt that...
  • NATURAL - Unrefined, unprocessed and ancient sea salt with trace minerals and no additives....
  • HEALTHY - Recommended by doctors! An ancient sea salt recommended by doctors and health...

Digital Scale: A Must-have Fermentation Tool!!!

If you haven’t yet purchased a scale, wait no longer. The success of your sauerkraut fermentation depends upon using the correct amount of salt for the cabbage and vegetables you want to ferment as I discuss in my post,¬†Weigh Your Cabbage and Vegetables to Guarantee a Perfect Ferment. The right amount of salt ensures that the lactobacilli, which are responsible for safely preserving your ferment, have a chance to fully do their job.

Some things to look for when selecting a digital scale:

  • Can you read the display when a large bowl is sitting on the scale?
  • Can it weigh at least 11 pounds (This is enough to make a bowl full of 5 pounds of sauerkraut, necessary when making larger batches or filling a crock.)?
  • Can you program it to not automatically shut off?

KD-8000 Scale by MyWeigh: My TOP Pick!

I purchased this scale a few years ago and I LOVE IT! It is especially useful when calculating salt by weight as described in¬†Salt by Weight for Delicious Sauerkraut… Batch after Batch. And, you can program it so that it does not automatically shut off, especially helpful when your busy slicing cabbage and don’t want your scale to shut off before you’ve had a chance to weigh it.

Kitchen Scale - Bakers Math Kitchen Scale - KD8000 Scale by My Weight, Silver
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Kitchen Scale - Bakers Math Kitchen Scale - KD8000 Scale by My Weight, Silver
  • PERCENTAGE: Percentage weighing function great for baking and soap making
  • MODES: Large, 8000 gram capacity / 4 additional weighing modes: lbs, lbs/oz, oz and kg
  • EASY CLEAN: Easy to clean stainless steel platform

For additional information on the KD-8000 Scale, see my Review Post,¬†7 Reasons Why I Love the MyWeigh KD-8000 Digital Scale [HOW-TOs] in which I not only cover its features but also have photographic slideshows on how to disable the Auto-Off setting and how to use the Baker’s Percentage Weighing Feature to effortless calculate your salt for any give weight of cabbage. This model runs on batteries. NOTE: This scale is professionally factory calibrated before shipment. It does NOT need to be re-calibrated before use and will usually not require re-calibration during its lifetime.

If you’re wanting a sleek, modern look in your scale and one that does not need much room for storage, consider this glass top scale by MyWeigh. This scale does shut off automatically if idle for 1-2 minutes. You would need to note the weight of your bowl and then add the sauerkraut weight to that.

Smart Weigh Digital Glass Top Kitchen and Food Scale, 5- Unit Modes, Liquid Measurement Technology, Professional Design, Black
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Smart Weigh Digital Glass Top Kitchen and Food Scale, 5- Unit Modes, Liquid Measurement Technology, Professional Design, Black
  • ACCURATE Designed with superior technology and high precision sensors, you are sure to get an...
  • TARE FUNCTION Comes equipped with a tare function, which makes weighing certain objects, such...
  • MULTIFUNCTIONAL- With multiple weighing modes, this scale is perfect for all types of...

Some prefer the natural look of bamboo.

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Escali Arti ECO157 Precision Kitchen Scale, Modern Design, Eco-Friendly, Digital LCD Display, 15lb Capacity, Natural Bamboo Finish
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Escali Arti ECO157 Precision Kitchen Scale, Modern Design, Eco-Friendly, Digital LCD Display, 15lb Capacity, Natural Bamboo Finish
  • This scale is (9 x 6.5 x 0.75 in) has a capacity of 15 lb (7,000 g) and provides weight...
  • Single, smooth glass surface makes clean-up fast and easy
  • Display hold feature: weight holds on screen when weighing large items

This scale gets good reviews on Amazon. I dislike the light humming noise it makes and it automatically shuts off after a minute or two. Not good if you want it to hold the Tare weight for you bowl while you’re busy slicing cabbage.

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Ozeri ZK14-S Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale, Elegant Black
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Ozeri ZK14-S Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale, Elegant Black
  • Accurate, elegant, easy-to-use digital kitchen scale for your largest and smallest cooking...
  • Automatic Unit Button instantly converts between 5 units of measurements (g, lbs, lbs:oz, oz,...
  • Precision Tare Button calculates the net weight of your ingredients by automatically...

Mixing Bowls

Most likely, you will have a large mixing bowl in your kitchen that will work fine for making sauerkraut. I prefer glass, though stainless steel or plastic work, too. Stay away from aluminum or copper because the salt used in fermenting reacts with these metals, possibly leaching bad stuff into your kraut. This bowl is wide enough to easily get your hands in when mixing up your sauerkraut and is large enough to make both a single 1-quart batch or a 3-quart batch, the size batch I make when filling a crock.

Fox Run 7330 Large Mixing Bowl, 14.25 x 14.25 x 6.25 inches, Metallic
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Fox Run 7330 Large Mixing Bowl, 14.25 x 14.25 x 6.25 inches, Metallic
  • 14.25 x 14.25 x 6.25 inches, 10.75 quart capacity
  • Stainless steel construction for durability and temperature retention
  • Convenient size for mixing dough and folding batters

Mandoline

A mandolin is a plastic or stainless steel device for slicing vegetables and fruit. It has interchangeable blades, the best one being made of surgical steel. I have never had to sharpen or replace the blade on the Benriner mandolin I received as a gift 40 years ago! It’s a workhorse and far easier to set up and clean than a food processor.

A mandoline is my other must-have fermentation tool! Why?

From the Pickl-it blog:

These ‚Äúthreads‚ÄĚ were the secret behind every single batch of my grandmother‚Äôs kraut tasting the same from one family dinner to the next. Without fail, whenever my grandfather took his first bite of sauerkraut, he would give a quick, approving nod in my grandmother‚Äôs direction, saying, ‚ÄúJah. Tastes like home.‚ÄĚ

While they didn‚Äôt know the microbiology of ‚Äúwhy‚ÄĚ thin, uniformly-cut cabbage threads made consistent-textured and flavored sauerkraut, Grandma had good observation skills, an important skill when practicing food ‚Äúscience‚ÄĚ.

‚ÄúThey are cut nice and thin‚ÄĚ, she instructed, in her still-heavy German accent, ‚Äúthey all must become sauerkraut together, at the same time ‚Äď otherwise, if some are thick, and some are thin, then parts are too mushy, and some too crunchy, and that is never good sauerkraut.‚ÄĚ

Why thread cuts are better:

  • Expose more cabbage cells.
  • More exposed cabbage cells release more lactic-acid bacteria.
  • More lactic-acid bacteria creates more lactic-acid.
  • Lactic acid helps to maintain a good pH which preserves flavor, texture,¬†and color.

Here is a quick video showing my favorite mandoline in use. I leave the core in; no need for the ice bath.

See How to Slice Cabbage [Which is the BEST for Perfect Sauerkraut?] for pictures and discussion on the different cuts achieved with each of the mandolines below, along with the best way to use your food processor for slicing cabbage.

Safety Gloves

Many swear by the use of safety gloves. The safety guards that come with the various mandolins are not¬†designed to be used with a head of cabbage. Since mandolin blades are very sharp, you might feel more comfortable wearing safety gloves. I prefer my bare hands because I like the tactile feedback. However, I always leave the core in and I’m very mindful as I slice.

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NoCry Cut Resistant Gloves - High Performance Level 5 Protection, Food Grade. Size Small, Free Ebook Included!
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NoCry Cut Resistant Gloves - High Performance Level 5 Protection, Food Grade. Size Small, Free Ebook Included!
  • Durability with the highest level of cut resistant material available on the market - 4 times...
  • Superior grip with a snug fit for small and large hands - prepare food or work on jobs...
  • Lightweight and comfortable protection without the bulk - awarded with the highest, EN388 level...

Benriner Wide Mandolin: My TOP Pick!

This Benriner mandolin comes with 3 “grating” blades for fancy vegetable cuts. You DO NOT need these for slicing cabbage. Just adjust the height of the already installed smooth blade. This is an old version. The Amazon listings for this mandolin can be a bit confusing. Just make sure the mandolin you purchase is at least 5 inches wide. This is wide enough for slicing a 1/4 chunk of cabbage.

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Vegetable Slicer Medium (Old Version)
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Vegetable Slicer Medium (Old Version)
  • New improved version recommended by manufacturer

Here is the newer version. Both work the same with just some minor design differences.

Benriner BN95B Mandoline Super Slicer, with with 4 Japanese Stainless Steel Blades, Beige
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Benriner BN95B Mandoline Super Slicer, with with 4 Japanese Stainless Steel Blades, Beige
  • Benriner's Beige mandolin slicer easily slices medium fruits and veggies into consistently...
  • Made from handcrafted Japanese stainless steel blades and BPA-free plastic; Large open handle...
  • 4 interchangeable blades (straight edge, coarse, medium and fine tooth); make wide slices,...

A few of my readers have shared that they use this mandolin engineered in Germany by Börner. It comes with a safety guard for your fingers. The surgical-grade stainless-steel blades are incredibly sharp and snap in and out of the base with one easy movement.

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Swissmar Borner V-1001 V-Slicer Plus Mandoline 5 Piece Set
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This model of the SwissMar mandolin is a step up from the above model. It has an adjustable blade that gives you 4 preset cutting thicknesses, a more user-friendly handle and options for other julienne cuts. In your choice of color.

Swissmar Borner V Power Mandoline V-7000, Green
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Swissmar Borner V Power Mandoline V-7000, Green
  • Made in Germany. Set includes: Tough ABS plastic frame with slip resistant rubber feet, Food...
  • Incredibly sharp surgical grade stainless steel blades; 3 inserts-10 different cuts; Blades...
  • Patented push button size/thickness adjustment will modify cuts without removing the insert;...

mandolin makes a great fermentation tool for slicing cabbage. | makesauerkraut.com

 Wood Cabbage Slicer, Medium Size

  • From Stone Creek Trading. Also available in Large and Extra Large.
  • Are you serious about Sauerkraut?¬† Then this is seriously the product for you.¬† With three metal blades and all wood construction, this wood cabbage shredder will cut the time it takes you to make sauerkraut or coleslaw in half!¬† A wood box holds the cabbage in place, making shredding safe and easy.

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Kraut Pounders, Funnels

A kraut pounder makes it easy to mix and pound vegetables in a large bowl so that they release their natural juices. Especially helpful for those who may not have the hand strength to crush the cabbage leaves.

It is even more¬†useful for pressing the vegetables down into the jar especially if your hands are too large to fit into the jar. I make good use of my kraut pounder to pack my¬†sauerkraut into quart jars when I’m harvesting the goodness¬†from my large crock. Your hand will do the job just fine, as will a large spoon, the end of a rolling pin, or a meat pounder.

I love the simple shape of this pounder and the beauty of the Acacia wood. My favorite. Made in China, sadly, though the company – MasonTops prides itself on quality control.

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Pickle Packer - Sauerkraut Pounder Made From Natural Acacia Wood
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Pickle Packer - Sauerkraut Pounder Made From Natural Acacia Wood
  • Ideal tool for pounding cabbage to draw out liquid and then packing it tightly into your jar or...
  • Dimensions: 10" tall, 2.5" at wide end, 2" at smaller end
  • Double-sided design allows you to use both ends for pounding and packing - perfectly fits wide...

Hand milled from a single piece of natural Hevea wood.

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Sauer Stick - Solid Hevea Wood Vegetable Pounder and Tamper For Mason Jar Fermentation, Kimchi, Sauerkraut - Fits Ball, Kerr, Bernardin Canning Jars as well as Fido Jars and Ceramic Crocks
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Sauer Stick - Solid Hevea Wood Vegetable Pounder and Tamper For Mason Jar Fermentation, Kimchi, Sauerkraut - Fits Ball, Kerr, Bernardin Canning Jars as well as Fido Jars and Ceramic Crocks
  • SOLID, HEAVY AND DURABLE - One Tamper to rule them all, we designed the Sauer Stick to be the...
  • DIMENSIONS - Every Sauer Stick is hand milled from natural Hevea wood and is 12" tall, 2.5" at...
  • DESIGNED FOR WIDE MOUTH MASON JAR FERMENTATION - The Sauer Stick works great with all types of...

This “Made in American” sauerkraut tamper is shown in cherrywood and is also available in walnut and sassafras.

One piece Wooden sauerkraut Tamper (Cherrywood)
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One piece Wooden sauerkraut Tamper (Cherrywood)
  • Handmade in the USA
  • Made of one solid piece of Cherrywood.
  • 12" long making it great for mason jars, bowls, and small crocks

Another sauerkraut pounder made in the USA.

Small Wooden Cabbage Tamper for sauerkraut and more. 12' - Handmade In The USA
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Small Wooden Cabbage Tamper for sauerkraut and more. 12" - Handmade In The USA
  • Handmade in the USA
  • Made of one solid piece of ultra inert sanded American Poplar Wood, a step above food grade...
  • Dimensions:are 12" tall, diameter 1 1/2" to 1 2/3". Great for mason jars, bowls, and small...

A few of my readers have recommended a wide-mouth funnel to make the packing of your jar a bit easier. This one is stainless steel, dishwasher safe with two small handles on either side. It might be a hassle to use – continually removing – if you like to use your hands to pack down the mixture in your jar. If you use a kraut pounder, the funnel could stay in place.

RSVP Endurance 18/8 Stainless Steel Canning Funnel, 4-inch Diameter
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RSVP Endurance 18/8 Stainless Steel Canning Funnel, 4-inch Diameter
  • 18/8 stainless steel
  • Wide rim for a secure fit
  • Dishwasher safe

Other Useful Tools

pH Test Strips

Some new to fermentation want to know for sure that their ferment is safe to eat. You might not trust your nose, especially if you’ve never smelled or eaten sauerkraut before.¬†Enter one little fermentation tool to add to your arsenal:

Hydrion S/r Dispenser 0.0-6.0 Ph Range 96 - 15 Ft Roll w/ Color Chart/ Dispenser
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Hydrion S/r Dispenser 0.0-6.0 Ph Range 96 - 15 Ft Roll w/ Color Chart/ Dispenser
  • pH ACID Range Test Tape in 0 - 6 Range Only
  • Offers clear bright single color matches at .5 intervals
  • Commonly used for Kombucha, Pickling, and Soap Making

Use a spoon, or small ladle to grab a bit of brine from your jar or crock and dip the pH test strip into the brine. If the pH is 4.0 or below, you may safely eat the ferment. Make sure the pH paper you buy is in the lower end of the pH range (0.0 – 0.6), like the one below that I’ve used.

Thermometers

Fermentation ideally takes place within a set temperature range. It’s nice to monitor temperatures in case you need to adjust fermentation length for especially warm or cold temperatures.

ThermoPro TP50 Digital Hygrometer Indoor Thermometer Room Thermometer and Humidity Gauge with Temperature Humidity Monitor
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ThermoPro TP50 Digital Hygrometer Indoor Thermometer Room Thermometer and Humidity Gauge with Temperature Humidity Monitor
  • „ÄźAir Comfort Indicator„ÄĎHumidity meter with humidity level icon indicates air condition --...
  • „ÄźHigh & Low Records„ÄĎHygrometer digital thermometer displays high and low temperature &...
  • „ÄźHealthier Home„ÄĎThermometer hygrometer with temperature and humidity monitor ensures proper...

Lid Opener

Prepworks by Progressive Jar Grips Multi-Purpose Lid Openers, Set of 3
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Prepworks by Progressive Jar Grips Multi-Purpose Lid Openers, Set of 3
  • OPEN STUBBORN JARS OF ALL SIZES: Three durable jar grips provide superior grip when opening...
  • THREE DIFFERNT SHAPES: Comes in three individual shapes and colors for every kind of jar
  • INNOVATIVE DESIGN: Teal square and green round flat grip for large jars and red cone shaped...

Specialty Spices

Gochugaru, Korean Red Pepper Powder

Gochugaru – Korean red pepper powder – is traditionally used to flavor and add some heat to Kimchi as in my Kimchi-Style Sauerkraut Recipe [A SPICY DEPTH OF FLAVOR!]. When I made my first batch of Kimchi over 10 years ago, Korean Gochugaru red pepper powder wasn’t readily available, so I substituted red pepper flakes which worked fine, but now that Gochugaru is readily available in Asian stores and on the internet, I’ve started using it instead of the red pepper flakes and, there is no going back.

Gochugaru is a coarsely ground red pepper with a texture between flakes and powder that disperses throughout your sauerkraut coloring it beautifully and adding a complex flavor not found with red pepper flakes. The highest quality Gochugaru is made from sun-dried chili peppers.

Store Gochugaru powder in your freezer to extend its shelf life.

Here are two popular, high-quality Gochugarus, or Korean red pepper powders.

Korean Chile Flakes (Gochugaru), 8oz.
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Korean Chile Flakes (Gochugaru), 8oz.
  • Top-quality Korean chile flakes made from premium peppers
  • Essential for making the best-tasting homemade kimchi
  • Unique balance of earthiness, spiciness and complexity
Gochugaru Organic, USDA Certified Organic Red Hot Chili Pepper Flakes, Korean Sun-Dried 10.6 oz
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Gochugaru Organic, USDA Certified Organic Red Hot Chili Pepper Flakes, Korean Sun-Dried 10.6 oz
  • USDA certified organic 100% Sun-dried (Taeyangcho) Korean red hot chili pepper flakes
  • New Harvest every year. Grown in Korea, Processed and packaged in Korea.
  • Packaged in HACCP certified safe and clean manufacturing process

Fish Sauce

Fish sauce is a key ingredient in most kimchi. Red Boat is my favorite. Once fermented – or cooked – it doesn’t taste fishy and it will add an umami richness to your kimchi-style ferments.

Red Boat - Fish Sauce, 8.45 Ounce - Chef's Grade, Gluten Free, Sustainably Sourced & Artisan Processed, 100% Pure, Protein Rich, No Added MSG or Preservatives.
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Red Boat - Fish Sauce, 8.45 Ounce - Chef's Grade, Gluten Free, Sustainably Sourced & Artisan Processed, 100% Pure, Protein Rich, No Added MSG or Preservatives.
  • Red Boat Fish Sauce offers an unrivaled purity that will transform your meals. It uses only...
  • Red Boat Fish Sauce is Naturally Protein Rich, has No Added MSG or Preservatives, is Chef's...
  • Red Boat Fish Sauce is a fantastic and extremely versatile ingredient to have in your pantry....

Favorite Fermentation Books

New fermentation books are being published daily. I can’t keep up with them but I sure try to! Here are the chosen few from my stack.

Fermentation Made Easy! Mouthwatering Sauerkraut

Fermentation Made Easy! Mouthwatering Sauerkraut available in three formats. | MakeSauerkraut.com

Fermentation Made Easy! Mouthwatering Sauerkraut

  • You can never have too many sauerkraut recipes. My book contains a full set of sauerkraut recipes that range from classic Juniper Berry Sauerkraut to popular Hawaiian Sauerkraut with turmeric, pineapple and a few other goodies.
  • The how and why of fermentation, necessary equipment, a comprehensive troubleshooting guide, and much more.
  • Available in three formats: eBook PDF, Kindle, Paperback.

Check It Out

Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes

Fermented Vegetables my favorite fermentation book. After a nice coverage of Fermentation Fundamentals, chapters on Mastering the Basics detail Sauerkraut, Condiments, Brine Pickling and Kimchi.

Their Fermenting Vegetables A to Z chapter comes in real handy. Have you just harvested a bunch of beets? After sharing their knowledge on beets, recipes for Simple Beet Kraut, Curtido Rojo, Curried Golden Beets, Beet Kvass and Golden Ginger Beet Kvass with Meyer Lemon follows. Endless inspiration with recipes that work.

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Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes
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Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes
  • Fermented Vegetables Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables Herbs in Krauts Kimchis...
  • Christopher Shockey, Kirsten K. Shockey
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC

Ferment Your Vegetables: A Fun and Flavorful Guide to Making Your Own Pickles, Kimchi, Kraut, and More

My other go-to book on fermenting vegetables. Chapters on Pickles, Kraut, Kimchi, Sauces, Salsas and Condiments, and Kvass.

Sauerkraut Pickled Eggs anyone? How about Hot Pepper Flakes?

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Ferment Your Vegetables: A Fun and Flavorful Guide to Making Your Own Pickles, Kimchi, Kraut, and More
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The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from around the World

The Classic! An encyclopedia – 500 pages – on anything and everything that can be fermented. Author Sandor Katz was instrumental in getting fermented foods on the map. Though his recipes are not often detailed, there is plenty of in-depth information to get you headed in the right direction.

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The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from around the World
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There you have it. An extensive list of the latest and greatest fermentation tools. Let me know if I missed a favorite of yours.

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