Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.
Y’all, I’ve been bursting at the seams to share this review with you! I couldn’t wait to share with some of my friends I knew would be interested, so they’ve already received the link and my rave. What is it? A starter kit from Fermentools to ferment and preserve food and beverages. Although sauerkraut is delicious enough, think beyond to all kinds of vegetables, fruits, dairy, grains, legumes, drinks, and more, with recipes included in the starter kit and on their website. Besides all the health benefits of probiotics in fermented food, the Fermentools method is a great way to preserve and store in small batches so if something doesn’t suit your taste, you’re not wasting a lot of time and ingredients.
Fermentools method is SO easy, so economical, takes so little space, time, and effort, and on top of that you’re ingesting super healthy nutritious foods that LOVE YOU BACK!
Before I share some of the yummy things we made with this kit, let me tell you what comes with it and let you know that my readers get 15% discount by ordering before June 30, 2020. Just use the coupon code CREW2020 at checkout.
This is a small family-owned business. All their products are made in the USA.
The starter kit came with:
- 1 Stainless Steel Lid – Made from 304 surgical stainless steel, the corrosionresistant lid will last a lifetime.
- 1 Glass Fermentation Weight – Made to fit inside your standard widemouthed Mason jar perfectly and won’t react with your food like other weights on the market.
- 1 Air Lock.
- 2 Rubber Stoppers (1 with hole for airlock – 1 solid).
- 1 Rubber Canning Gasket.
- Himalayan Powdered Salt – Our ancient Himalayan sea salt has over 80 trace minerals and is ground fine enough to easily mix with cold water.
- Beautiful Instruction Guide and Basic Sauerkraut recipe.
You do need to have your own wide-mouth canning jars. They can be pint, quart, half-gallon or whatever size you want to work with.
The first recipe I tried was curtido, a Latin-American cole slaw from the Fermentools website. It was delicious, but I didn’t get the salt ratio right so it ended up a bit too salty for me.
Secondly, I tried growing my own SCOBY to make my own kombucha.
I ended up not being confident enough with that process, but I do plan to try again. Three times a charm, right? My third attempt was their citrus hint sauerkraut, what I call citrus cinnamon kraut.
To state it gently, I LOVED this stuff. LOVED. The recipe is so basic, I had all the ingredients on hand, cabbage, oranges, cinnamon sticks, the pink salt that came with the kit, and distilled water. Following the instructions, I sliced the cabbage thinly. You can use your food processor for slicing/grating. Packed the jar with the grated cabbage, placing orange slices and cinnamon sticks as I went. Added the brine. Filled the airlock system to the water mark. Secured the wide-mouth lid and rubber canning ring, inserted the rubber stopper with the hole and the air-lock, and set it in a warm dark place to let the process work its magic. PLEASE always work with clean sterile jars and equipment!
I LOVE how the cabbage is a little crispier than the sauerkraut I grew up with, even though I still like just about any kraut. I had some family member give it a try as well and while it was WAY out of their traditional comfort zone, they all admitted they liked it. You have to understand, this is from family members who grow their own cabbage and ferment kraut in a huge crock with sugar for forever and a day, and set up quarts and quarts at a time to eat for an entire year, so any hint of acceptance was a BIG WIN in my mind. The cutest compliment came from the most rigid “traditions” critic of all who said, “Well, I certainly wouldn’t starve if that’s what I had to eat.”
I can’t wait to try the garlic. I eat copious amounts of garlic every day, raw, cooked, sautéed, roasted, etc., I just have to try fermenting some with the recipe on their website. I also want to try the kraut with juniper berries, another of my favorite essences. Truly, the options seem endless. I definitely need to invest in the 12-pack kit so I can have a rotating plethora of fermented goodness year-round!
SO, if you’ve never tried fermenting before, or you’re a seasoned fermenter, the starter kit from Fermentools is a great way to get creative in your kitchen and infuse your diet with healthy tasty foods.
Other families reviewed this product as well, so if you need perspective besides my rave, click on the image below and it will take you to the CREW website with lots of other experiences.