One of my most popular posts continues to be my tutorial on how to use a reCAP Mason Jar lid into a to hack together a flexible, cheap, DIY lacto-fermentation crock.
This is a super easy DIY project, but it does require getting your hands on a homebrewing-style airlock and the right-size bung to fit to the reCAP lid.
For folks who don’t have a homebrew store nearby, Nicole of the urban homesteading-supply store FarmCurious has developed a fermentation kit in conjunction with reCAP that includes all the components you need to make your own reCAP Fermentation kit, just like what I use to make small batch and experimental ferments. Also included is a recipe booklet with fermenting ideas to get you started.
One of the great things about this particular fermentation set up is it’s flexible. When you aren’t fermenting jars of everything you can get your hands on, the reCAP lids are awesome for turning any mason jar you’ve got into a food storage vessel, a water bottle, a smoothie container or more.
I use reCAP lids all over my house. There are reCAP topped mason jars in my pantry right now filled with molasses and olive oil that I bought in bulk. I’ll put some homemade applesauce or some yogurt in a little half-pint jar for my son and pop a reCAP on the jar and have an easy, less-mess way for him to drink his snack. Take that, super-expensive fruit-squeeze pouches and GoGurt.
Nicole recently launched a Kickstarter to fund bringing her reCAP Fermentation Kit to the market. It’s been overwhelmingly successful and I encourage you guys to check it out and, if you like this kind of thing, please consider supporting Nicole and the FarmCurious kickstarter. I have, and there are some great fermenting-focused prizes for supporters.
Nicole is offering NW Edible readers a chance to win a free reCAP Fermentation Kit. This kit includes two wide-mouth reCAP lids, two perfectly sized food grade, silicone bungs and two standard three-piece airlocks. There’s full instructions and a recipe booklet included to get you started, too.
To enter to win, like the FarmCurious Facebook page* (tell Nicole that Erica sent you!), then just leave a comment below telling me what your favorite thing to ferment is! Let’s share our best fermentation ideas.
I’ll go first – I am a huge fan of spicy, lacto-fermented turnips.
Contest open until Thursday, June 12th, 8 pm PST. One entry per person. Winner will be notified by email and shall have 48 hours to claim their prize! Good luck and happy fermenting!
*Don’t do Facebook? I can respect that. Just note in your comment that you are a social media conscientious objector and we’ll call it good.