Giveaway: Farm Curious Wide Mouth reCAP Fermenting Kit

Update: Contest is now closed. Congratulations to contest winner Sarah Z, and thank you to FarmCurious for sponsoring this giveaway. Thank you to all who entered!

You know what we haven’t done in a while? A kick-ass giveaway.

Some time ago, I suggested that you could make a really inexpensive fermenting crock with a Mason jar, a reCAP mason jar lid and an airlock from your local brewery supply store.

There was really only one drawback to my DIY lacto-fermentation converter lid. At the time I invented it, the reCAP lids were only available in regular width. Many fermentation junkies like myself observed that the largest commonly available regular-mouth mason jar is the quart size. What if you want to ferment more? What if you want to ferment things that are bigger than a regular-mouth opening? What then, hmmm?

Well, the reCAP people solved this problem by (finally!) releasing a wide-mouth reCAP lid. And as soon as they did, Nicole from FarmCurious, the urban homesteader’s supply store, paired the wide mouth reCAP with the correct size bung (go ahead, snicker…I understand) and an airlock to create an all-in-one reCAP Fermentation Converter Kit you can use with any wide-mouth mason jar.

Note the wide mouth jar:

As far as I know, FarmCurious is the only place selling reCAP fermenting sets ready to go like this, so if you love this idea but don’t already have reCAP lids you can hack, or don’t want to track down the components on your own, FarmCurious is your source. Nicole sells this three-piece kit (reCAP wide mouth lid, bung and airlock) for $10 at the FarmCurious store, but is giving away three (three!) complete reCAP Fermenting Kits to one lucky NW Edible reader.

As every canning dork knows, you can get wide mouth, half-gallon Mason jars. (Around $12 for a pack of 6 online – avoid shipping if you are near an Ace Hardware.) Pair one of these big ol’ Mason jars with a FarmCurious Wide Mouth reCAP Fermentation Kit and you’ll be up to your elbows in big-batch sauerkraut in no time.

You can enter to win three reCAP Fermentation Kits (total retail value: $30) from FarmCurious by getting your social on.

Pinter-social? Here’s what you need to do:

Create a Pinterest board; call it what you like.

Pin at least three things from the FARMcurious product line that you love/covet/want someone to buy you for the holidays. Tag them with #ediblecurious.

Post a link to your board as a comment on this blog post.

Twitter-social? Click here to tweet about this post, then come back and comment that you’ve done so on this blog post.

Facebook-social? Like the FarmCurious Facebook page, then come back and comment that you’ve done so (or that you already like FarmCurious) on this blog post.

Only-in-person-social? Well, who could blame you? Just leave a comment telling me that you are a social media conscientious objector and name your favorite fermented food and we’ll call it good. (This option reserved for people who really don’t do that other stuff, so don’t try to sneak four entries in, ok?)

Enter to win by tickling whatever social media outlets you prefer. Up to three entries per person, corresponding to the above social media entry methods, will be accepted. Contest closes on Tuesday, December 4th at 6 pm PT.

Good luck, and happy fermenting!

*The Federal Trade Commission is concerned you might misunderstand what a giveaway is, and wants you to know that this thing you are entering to win for free on this blog is being given away on this blog for free. You know, just so we’re all on the same page. More info here.


  1. Mary Hall says

    I’m a social media conscientious objector :-) but I LOVE getting your email updates! My favorite fermented food is saurkraut.

  2. Katie says

    My favorite fermented food is definitely sauerkraut. If I could make my own sauerkraut, my boyfriend and I could rule the world with our vegetarian Reuben sandwich, completely from scratch (bread, dressing, seitan, etc!)!

  3. Susan says

    I guess I qualify as a social media conscientious objector, since I don’t do any of those things and love plain old e-mail. (I still like writing letters on paper too.) I’ve got some souring raw milk on my counter I plan on using the whey from to make a batch of sauerkraut- my favorite fermented food so far.

  4. Emily says

    I liked FarmCurious on FB. I would love to win this set. Fermenting is on my 2013 list of things to learn.

  5. Andrea Broderick says

    I “liked” FarmCurious on Facebook. This would be an interesting setup to try. I like the idea of fermenting in a smaller sized container.

  6. Lady Banksia says

    My feelings towards my ReCap (smaller sized ones, of which I bought three at full price, thank you very much) have changed from love, love, love to aw, dammit!

    For some reason, even though the seals look good and are seated in the lid properly, they leak. All three. Mostly around the jar threads, not through the trap-door top. Doesn’t matter which brand of jar I try – I wind up with liquid-de-jour all over my lunch container or my countertop. I’ve got traditional Mason jars, Ball jars, Kerr jars, Golden Harvest jars….no chips or nicks in the jar collars… what gives?

    • says

      I have heard this from a couple people. When the second person told me they were having leaking issues, and therefore questioned the airtight nature of my fermenter idea, I actually tested my seals with some super vigorous shaking and upside-down holding and had no troubles – my jars remained leak free. My theory is that a batch of seals wasn’t perfect somehow – maybe too thin? I dunno exactly, but if it were me, I would contact reCAP and say your lids are leaking and ask if you can get some new seals. I know you can buy new seals at the reCAP website, but perhaps the company will just send you some new ones if the original ones didn’t last a fair durration. Never hurts to ask, I say.

  7. jen says

    I’m a social media conscientious objector – so much so that I rarely comment on blog posts. :) My favorite fermented food is saurkraut. Thanks for introducing me to many things, including the reCap. I shared the love with a friend yesterday and think she is going to buy a few for her MIL this Christmas.

  8. Tamara says

    I have already “liked” FarmCurious on Facebook, so I guess I am good to go! Thanks so much for the opportunity Erica!

  9. Diana says

    And for my 3rd entry, I have to say I am a Pinterest holdout. I cannot bring myself to make an account there. I have enough trouble keeping my bookmarks straight as it is, LOL. Favorite fermented food is a toss-up between sauerkraut and sour pickles. These kits will be most helpful to me for the pickles, though, because I often don’t have enough cucumbers ready at one time to justify using a crock.

  10. Tracy says

    I “liked” Farm Curious and am eager to learn more about them. I have been telling my husband for the last couple months that I am going to try fermenting. The whole cap package is an awesome idea and a really easy way for a newbie to get started.

  11. says

    Thanks for giving me a new list of presents to give myself this year! I was wondering what to get me. I made a pin board at and liked Farm Curious on FB. I wanted to twitter to gain an extra entry… but I object to tweeting. Does that count as another entry… tee hee. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Jennifer says

    I am also a social-media conscientious objector (I like that moniker, and will try to remember it…): I don’t twit, or tweet, or what-have you…

    There is currently a batch of sourkraut on my counter, and I’ve been trying to hold the cabbage down with ziploc bags filled with water. With limited success. I’d love some super-fancy caps that will do the job without either needing to be topped off every couple of days, or overflowing onto my counters. Both of which have happened in this experimental batch.

    Love the blog!

  13. says

    I don’t tweet or pin, can I use this as a 2nd entry? In any case, I’ve sent this to several people for the cleverness of a micro-scale fermentation idea.

  14. Emily says

    I hadn’t heard of FarmCurious! I liked them on FB. Great discovery for me this morning. :)

    We’ve been loving saurkraut – even my daughter loves it, (a vegetable!) Would love to make our own, been a little nervous, the airlock makes it very accessible to me! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  15. Sue Beaman says

    Saw your post today – ‘liked’ Farm Curious. Into gardening – decorative and food, cooking and raising four very spoiled/healthy hens!

  16. Zoe B. says

    Liked on FB! Ohhh, all of this fun DIY goodness gets me so distracted from homework: I’d rather be wild fermenting!

  17. Jonathan says

    I liked them on Facebook. They have a lot of great products I’d like to try out, but definitely the lacto-fermentation

  18. Danielle says

    Liked FarmCurious on FB. I would love these airlock/lids. Right now I use landscaping rocks to weigh down my ferments.

  19. Annie Rae Huston says

    I liked Farm Curious on FB. Would love to try the ReCAP system to make saurkraut or the the fermented red onions.

  20. Robin says

    I liked FarmCurious on FB. Not sure if you’d count it as food, but I plan to ferment a half gallon of blackberry juice — have airlock, will make wine!

  21. Renate says

    Liked on FB! This fermenting kit looks like it’ll be tons better than the contraption I’ve cobbled together!

  22. Judith says

    It’s really good to know that these devices are all available now, and thank you even more for letting us know about FarmCurious! I had not heard of them and will explore their site!

  23. Janice says

    I liked farmCurious on facebook. Just recently ordered some reCap lids and love them – the fermentation adaptation is genius!

  24. Mary Ann Baclawski says

    I do use Facebook, but I hate my page being cluttered with posts sent by friends who like commercial ventures for personal reward. Yet I’d love one of these gadgets. I have lots of quart canning jars and already make sauerkraut that I use in a sauerkraut rye bread that I make. But this looks like a better way to make it. Please enter me in the drawing.

  25. says

    Liked them on Facebook! My partner has been wanting some of these, but is reluctant to pay the shipping fees, so winning them would be great!

  26. Maggie says

    I think my favorite fermented food would be a toss-up between saurkraut and kim chee, although I’ve yet to try making either myself (I just have fermentally skilled friends). But I keep receiving cabbages from my farm share, and am running out of ways to use them up, so saurkraut is on my list of things to learn how to make. I’ve liked FarmCurious on FB, and will likely end up purchasing some of these lids and converters, even if I don’t win the drawing.

  27. John says

    I just like your FarmCurious Facebook page. Looking forward to learning more from you. We are doing the GAPs diet and eating a lot of sauerkraut. Would like to make some new concoctions with the ReCap system. :^D

  28. Pat H. says

    My favorite fermented food is Kombucha! Ok, so it is a beverage, but still :D I would like to learn to make sauerkraut!

    I liked and shared the page on Facebook

    Also tweeted on Twitter.

  29. Alison says

    I liked FarmCurious on Facebook! And the thing is, I really do like them!! They have stuff even for people like me, who farm in the boonies and not in the city.

  30. says

    Liked on FB! I’m just learning this whole fermenting thing–bought Wild Fermentation at your suggestion, and am enjoying the results!

  31. Barbara Rowland says

    I already LIKE you folks on Facebook! I hope I’m eligible to win! I’m fairly new at the fermented food making world, and need more ideas, instruction AND equipment! :)

  32. Amy says

    I just liked Farm Curious on FB, and now I’m off to see if I can find a holiday present on their web site/store. :-)

  33. says

    My wife says she’ll make the sauerkraut if I am so lucky to win this giveaway. And yes, I’ll have to promise to plant some cabbages when the garden bed is made up properly! FarmCurious is terrific! [I’m a dyed-in-da-wool social media CO, too].

  34. Nichole says

    Today I’m a social media conscientious objector … there’s too much noise out there right now trying to get people to buy crap. I love me some sauerkraut!

  35. Emilie says

    Second entry: I don’t do twitter or Pinterest, so I will tell you my favorite fermented food: kimchi. I also loooove sauerkraut, and currently have some Ligurian fermented green tomatoes going that I’m curious to try!

  36. Lindsey says

    I have no social media outlets; in fact, I don’t have that many in-person outlets, my husband and I being hermit types. However, I love sauerkraut and trying various pickle recipes so I can finally find one that tastes like the ones we used to get when I was a kid, in a kosher deli in Connecticut. So, please enter me in the drawing so I can ferment to my heart’s content.

  37. Ledith says

    I have opted out of all social media, when I discovered that for me (having no self-control) they were a major time suck. But please do enter me in the contest so I can try a kimchi recipe my Korean neighbor gave me when she dispaired of how poorly I did with the “watch me and learn” method she spent hours teaching me. Thanks for the chance to win.

  38. says

    Totally liked on FB, and thank you for bringing this awesome resource to my attention. I’m a newbie fermenter so this is super helpful!

  39. Ted S. says

    No social media. Thanks for an alternative way to enter. I intend to use it to make saurkraut, should I be lucky enough to win.

  40. says

    Tweeted, FB them, and pinned. I’m a social media whore. Just like I’m a cheese and beer whore. Add some kraut to that, and I’ve got 3 of the 4 food groups here in Wisconsin.

    But I have to admit, my favorite fermented food is pickled mushrooms and onions!!!

  41. Kelli Ball says

    I tweeted about this awesome giveaway – love some fermentation. I am auwareagle90 on twitter.

  42. says

    Very cool–I’d love to try making sauerkraut. And thanks for giving us social media conscientious objector types the opportunity to win. :)

  43. Nicole says

    Definitely a social media conscientious objector – deleted my facebook account years ago after hearing the founder talk about social media in terms of putting consumers in touch with producers. Yuck.

    We LOVE using your salsa recipe to flavor taco and black beans. Love it. Wish I did 2 or 3 gallons instead of the one last year.

    • says

      Thanks Nicole! That’s great to hear. We broke all records of fermented salsa this year – 4 gallons! Ridiculous, but we’ve already eaten a gallon since early Sept, so maybe not…

  44. Mia says

    I’m a ‘social media conscientious objector ‘ but this is very much to my liking. Count me in..

    By the way, my turkey was very good. Did the heritage bird, brine and all. Thanks!

  45. SarahT says

    Thanks for the giveaway! Strangely enough, I just bought some reCaps today (from a Canadian distributor). But I’d love to win the fermenting kit! I “liked” on FB.

  46. Denise in Milwaukee says

    I “liked” Farm Curious on FB. I would love to start fermenting and this looks like a great way to do it!

  47. Shirley says

    I “liked Farm Curious” Have just started to ferment, got my first saurkraut in a small crock.

  48. Angie says

    I liked on facebook and added Farm Curious to my blogroll. I am so keen to make all kinds of fermented things but it seemed rather daunting until now! Saurkraut, pickles, kimchi…wine…who needs to decide on a favorite fermented food??