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Friday, July 30, 2021

Easy Fermenting with Fermentools ~ a TOS review

Disclaimer: I received a Complimentary copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.
I was so excited to try our hand at fermenting again with our Starter Kit from Fermentools after our last try last May. Madison loves experimenting in the kitchen and was also eager to try to ferment something else, especially since we didn’t have the best results. Keep reading to see how things went this time around, but first let me tell you a little about Fermentools.
Fermentools is a US based family owned small business. I really appreciate that all of their products are made and sourced within the USA too. The Fermentools Starter Kit includes:

 ~ Directions for using the product, including a basic sauerkraut recipe 
~ Ancient Himalayan fine grain (this includes high amounts of important trace minerals) 
~ Surgical grade stainless steel lid 
~ Airlock system 
~ Rubber stoppers, 1 with a hole to use with the airlock system and one without 
~ Rubber gasket 
~ Glass fermenting weight 
Our package arrived right before Madison left for Officer Field Training. Initially we had planned for her to take control of this fermenting process but she did not have enough time because she was busy prepping to leave. Since we had all the ingredients to try our hands at fermenting pickles, I pressed on and prepared them.
After washing and slicing our cucumber into spears I prepared the 2% brine solution and poured it inside the mason jar leaving about an inch of space at the top. Then I put the glass stopper onto of the cucumbers to help keep them submerged in the brine solution. After sealing the jar I placed it in a cool, dark space on my hutch for 5-7 days and waited for the magic to happen.
Typically, fermented food is best after 6 months, but if you can’t wait that long you definitely can dive in sooner than that. Just check it after 4 days to see what’s happening but its best to let it sit and do its magic for awhile. You can also place your ferment into the refrigerator or store in a cool basement. The cold improves the taste as well as the time it is allowed to sit.
So, I must have had user error on my part! It looks like the weight that was to keep the cucumbers submerged didn’t stay in place and fell to the bottom of the jar. The now pickles that were exposed at the top have a mold colony on top.
The good thing is that we fermented our cucumbers and made pickles! I just don’t feel it’s safe for us to try them with the mold present. Super frustrating, but I am willing to try again before Madison leaves for University in a few weeks.
So, if you are interested in fermenting foods definitely check out the starter kit from Fermtools! And be sure to stay tuned for us to try again at fermenting some veggies. Be sure to check out what my CrewMates made by clicking the banner below. A lot of them had great results.
Fermenting Food Made Easy with Fermentools

 Company ~ Fermentools 
 Product ~ Starter Kit 
 Price ~ $21.49 
 Ages ~ adults
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