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"So easy!"

Bought this because I was tired of scraping scum off of my sauerkraut batches made in Mason jars. For some reason, I could never master sauerkraut despite my success with other fermented veggies, so I purchased this to see if it would make sauerkraut easier--and it did! Left it on the counter for...

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Fermented Vegetable Master: Half-Gallon

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Half-gallon Fermented Vegetable Master
$24.99

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Make fermenting vegetables easier! This half-gallon-size glass jar includes an airlock setup which facilitates gas escaping your fermented vegetables while keeping air out. This allows you to make pickles, sauerkraut, and other fermented vegetables, fruits, condiments, and more while greatly reducing and often eliminating the threat of mold.

  • Glass jar
  • Plastic lid fitted with a rubber grommet (BPA-free)
  • Airlock
  • Large ceramic fermentation weight
  • Extra solid lid for storage after fermentation is complete 
  • Container Dimensions: Jar Height: 6.3 inches (9.8 inches with airlock) | Jar Diameter: 5.5 inches | Mouth Diameter: 4.3 inches

 

Using the Fermented Vegetable Master with Fermentation Weights

Weights are ideal for whole or cut veggies. For shredded or very small pieces of cut up veggies, use multiple sets of weights, or use strips of a cabbage leaf crisscrossed over the top of the veggies and tucked down the sides of the jar. Ensure the cabbage strips are well submerged under the brine. For more tips on keeping your vegetables under the brine, check out our article, How to Keep Your Fermented Vegetables Submerged.

 

Note that this lid size and thread pattern is not compatible with canning jar lids.

Due to manufacturer source differences, the shape of the jar in the actual product may vary from the picture.

 

       


Shannon

 

Why I Love This Product

I've been a skeptic of the need for airlocks for some time now. It is possible to ferment vegetables safely without them, so long as you understand the process properly. So when I tried the fermented vegetable master, I did so with some cynicism. I have found that this piece of equipment, specifically the airlock lid, is very helpful when mold problems are highly probably for vegetable ferments. Specifically, when fermenting in high temperatures over 90°F, using an airlock is quite helpful in keeping the bad bacteria out while allowing the carbon dioxide to escape. While with a mason jar, you would have to burp the lids in order to release that gas, the airlock allows it to escape with no entry way for unfriendly microorganisms. In situations such as high heat this fermented vegetable master is quite useful. Shannon, CFH Content Writer

 

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46 Reviews For "Fermented Vegetable Master: Half-Gallon"

  1. Great little jars to have

    by Alyssa on 01 Sun,2013

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    I haven't had time to use these to ferment any veggies yet but I have used them to make my kombucha! I got all three sizes of jars and they're all very sturdy, the lids fit well and the little glass weights seem like they will do their job very well. I'm very happy that I have different sizes to work with.

  2. So easy!

    by Lauren on 11 Wed,2013

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    I have my first batch of sauerkraut in my jar right now. It was soooo easy to use and I love the recipes that came with it. The hardest part was working the water out of the cabbage. Then I just filled up the jar and closed it up with the little air lock on top and put in the pantry with the date taped to it. Looking forward to trying it out! I love not having to worry about mold or anything getting in there.

  3. Great product, great price

    by Nancy on 12 Sat,2013

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    This makes fermenting nearly foolproof, even for a beginner. Everything I've made in it has turned out great, no mold, slime, no problems. And it's so much less expensive than any of the other fermentation crocks I've looked at. (Plus, the mad chemist in me loves getting to watch the fermentation process as it progresses.)

  4. wonderful to share healthy culturing, made easy

    by Anita on 02 Wed,2014

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    I was SO delighted to give this to my daughter and son-in-law. I sure was hoping that they would find a recipe that they'd really like enough to keep on using it - it can't do the good things it can do in your gut unless you eat it! So far it looks pretty good - and of course it helps enormously that the actual process is made easy and foolproof

    For more recipes for cultured vegetables, please see our Cultured Vegetables page here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/cultured-fermented-vegetables-fruits-condiments-articles-videos-recipes ~CFH

  5. good buy

    by mariam on 03 Sun,2014

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    thanks

  6. Super system, super quality and super price!

    by Kev on 03 Thu,2014

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    You can't go wrong with this simple yet useful tool for making fermented foods. My gut feeling (pun intended) is that the health benefits will be priceless. I'm on my second batch of yummy kimchi (not too spicy) and the first round was delightful. You must get one!

  7. Very useful product

    by PaulR on 03 Fri,2014

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    I purchased this primarily to ferment water kefir, to keep it isolated from other ferments. And it works! I intend to get another jar for vegetable cultures.

  8. great item-I will also buy the gallon siz next.

    by waynelm on 04 Fri,2014

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    I have made 2 batches in the jar so far, and realize for me I needed the gallon size-but will order that this week. made one batch of sauerkraut and one batch of kimchi-both turned out awesome.

  9. An outstanding value for a convenient way to go if you have a small quaintly, or need a faster job than large crocks offer.

    by Charles on 04 Sat,2014

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    I am new to fermenting foods, but am preparing for summer vegetables. We have three large crocks, 2.6, 3, 3.6 gallons, plus for fast small quantities, a half, and a one gallon jugs. The half gallon was used recently and the celery, jicama, and cauliflower turned out far more delicious than anticipated. It was close to the large pots in taste. I use half and one gallon jugs to store in one fridge used for that purpose. I shall try freezing a quart to test the quality of frozen fermented veggies unless advised against it for a valid reason. Thanks for a great idea.

  10. very good value

    by holly on 04 Mon,2014

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    Good alternative to a traditional fermenting crock. Great size for those with small households.

    Just finished a batch of Turkish Pickled Cabbage from Linda Ziedrich's The Joy of Pickling. Between the glass weights and the airlock, this batch was a breeze.

  11. Love it!

    by Mary on 04 Mon,2014

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    I'm new to fermenting foods. I've used my half gallon jar with airlock twice now and had not problems at all. I asked the company questions and received very prompt replies. I like my jar so much that I'm going to purchase one as a gift for a brother's birthday.

  12. Worked great!

    by gogirlusa on 04 Wed,2014

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    I used my juicer to make cabbage juice for GAPS Intro diet. I then used this to ferment it. The juice turned out perfect! I was a bit confused as the instructions weren't great, but I figured it out. I will be using this again soon to make actual Sauerkraut.

  13. Love it!

    by Hal on 05 Sat,2014

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    I just made sauerkraut yesterday, and I love how wide the opening of the jar is, and the airlock lid was easy to use. So far so good!

  14. Love it!

    by Maria on 05 Sat,2014

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    I'm very happy and pleased with this product. I like it so much that I purchased one for my brother's birthday. He loves it too.

  15. Great product

    by jessalynn on 05 Wed,2014

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    I used this for making my Kefir and it worked great .... no smell perfect size will but more

  16. A great intro product to fermentation.

    by Me on 06 Sat,2014

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    My first batch of sauerkraut was a huge success. No scum or mold. I fermented it for 8 days but think I will go for 10 days with the next batch.

  17. My First Investment into Learning Lacto-Fermentation

    by Nance on 07 Sat,2014

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    After researching several sources of fermentation training, supplies, and support, I chose Cultures For Health. Within a month of sending for my 'gear', I have my first basic sauerkraut! Thank you for making this adventure in good health so simple!

  18. I have 4 of these. They work well and look great on my counter!

    by everydaydetox on 07 Thu,2014

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    These containers are the perfect size and they look great on my counter top. I have 4 of them now.

    I'm soooo guilty of over stuffing my jars. So I get brine rising up out of the air locks. No big deal though, I just take the top off inspect the veggies and pour it back in from the airlock tube and capsule.

    If I didn't overstuff the jars (my new resolution) I could probably walk away from this for 7 days without having to look at them and the veggies will remain submerged and ferment perfectly.

  19. Great

    by Bryan on 08 Mon,2014

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    The system is simple and great. I only wish the weights were chunkier and larger in circumference as they do not hold down the Serranos that I am attempting to pickle.

  20. My Favorite New Thing

    by Skyzer on 10 Thu,2014

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    Be aware that the jar is shaped differently than the one in the photo. It is wider and squatter, but I like it better that way.
    In a house where mold can get to things, I felt very confident about my fermentation process with this set-up. My cabbage,carrot,daikon slaw turned out the best ever! Treat yourself to this minimally priced fermentation set-up. You'll love it!

  21. Excellent!

    by mlw on 01 Fri,2015

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    Great item! Works simply and perfectly.

  22. So easy!

    by cetansky on 01 Sat,2015

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    Bought this because I was tired of scraping scum off of my sauerkraut batches made in Mason jars. For some reason, I could never master sauerkraut despite my success with other fermented veggies, so I purchased this to see if it would make sauerkraut easier--and it did! Left it on the counter for 10 days and never had to tend to it. Great value for the price.

  23. Great product

    by vleh51 on 02 Mon,2015

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    Works great

  24. Nice quality

    by mml on 02 Thu,2015

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    My first batch smelled and tasted funny and had a small bit of slime on inside of lid so after a month I threw it out. I will try again because I may have put to much cabbage and not enough headspace so I will try again.

  25. So far so good

    by COLUMBUS on 04 Mon,2015

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    I have used this item and would buy it again. It's good for the money and excellent for beginners.

  26. great product

    by niftynori on 09 Wed,2015

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    I've done one batch of very mild kimchi, and it was a snap. I also got and thoroughly read the Idiots guide, obviously written just for me! Great product at a great price, both of them!

  27. Great Size No Mold

    by KO on 11 Mon,2015

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    The half gallon jar is a great size to fit in the refrigerator. I have several of these and make different flavors in each jar. With the lock, I never have mold in any of my jars.

  28. foolproof fermting

    by Corrine on 01 Mon,2016

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    I made a batch of sauerkraut with two heads of cabbage and all that I prepared didn't fit into this jar, so I tried to finish the rest in a Mason jar. There was a clear difference between the two. The cabbage fermented in the vegetable master was much brighter in color and smelled and tasted wonderful. The other was much darker in color and the smell was off, so I didn't even try to taste it and threw it out. The vegetable master definitely made the better batch. Now I am ordering the gallon, so that I can fit two heads worth nicely and have no trouble keeping it fresh.

  29. Perfect!

    by cair on 01 Sun,2016

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    Good quality

  30. Easy to use

    by Leigh B on 03 Thu,2016

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    I recently started fermenting vegetable and purchased this to use. I love that it is so easy to use and the size is perfect and fits well in fridge to store my fermented veggies. So, I bought another one to ferment pickles.

  31. good product

    by sdjune on 12 Thu,2013

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    I have used these jars for fermenting carrots and beets and for a cranberry relish for Thanksgiving - they worked very well -I am pleased

  32. Great jar to have

    by Karen on 12 Thu,2013

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    I just recently made my first veggie batch in the half-gallon vegetable master and I have to say, I was impressed. It came out perfect! No mold!!! I am very pleased with this product and highly recommend it for making cultured veggies.

  33. Delicious!

    by MelanieC on 02 Sat,2014

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    I cultured my first ever batch of cabbage in one of these 1/2 gallon containers. Everything in the kit was easy to use, and the results were delicious!

  34. Best Sauerkraut Ever

    by Mary on 03 Sun,2014

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    Received this item very well packed. Immediately started a batch of red cabbage sauerkraut. After 7 days, family all pronounced it the best sauerkraut they'd ever eaten. I started another batch and can't wait to make other stuff too! :-)

  35. Great Jars and Awesome Glass Weights

    by Tianna on 04 Tue,2014

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    These are great jars for making sauerkraut. I don't smell a thing during fermentation and haven't had one issue with mold in the 5 batches I've made using this jar!

  36. Excellent purchase when starting out

    by Lindylou on 02 Wed,2015

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    I purchased this unit through a local health food store in Southwestern Ontario which was a location indicated on your website on where to purchase this unit. I loved that! Also, I'm just starting out. I tried sauerkraut in an old crock (mold!). So I decided to get two -- one for sauerkraut and one for kimchi. I feel very confident in the safety of the product and I like the idea that when I'm finished (or rather the vegetables) fermenting, I have another lid that fits the jar so I can keep it in the refrigerator. Now I'm looking at getting a bigger crock for dill pickles come August. It couldn't have been easier to get these products right from my local store. Thanks. Fermentation is the healthy way to go!

  37. Really good idea!

    by Wolfie on 11 Tue,2013

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    I'm making my first cultured veggies ever, and it seems really easy. I followed the recipe for fermented salsa (plus a few extra chiles) because it's a food that my husband and I will eat fairly regularly so I won't have trouble using it up. After the 2-day ferment (recommended), it's quite pungent and we're looking forward to using it to make a Mexican dinner tomorrow night. This is a no-brainer contraption that truly makes fermenting quick and simple. My only wish is that the plastic airlock is more sturdy. I ordered an extra one because I'm afraid the part will eventually break with repeated use. Otherwise, I love this thing!!!

  38. good for beginners to fermentation

    by Nicki on 01 Mon,2014

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    I've just started to learn about fermenting and these jars helped me be successful with my very first attempt. They're very easy to use.

  39. easy and delicious

    by Gardener in Minnesota on 01 Thu,2014

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    I am currently making my second batch of kimchi. I have been interested in fermenting for awhile, but the crocks with weights are too expensive and I also didn't like the idea of the mold on top and all that. The air lock system takes care of that problem and the price for this system is right. I left my first batch on the counter for 5 days and it was fun to watch the liquid level go up and down. The resulting product was absolutely delicious and we've been eating kimchi fried rice several times a week! I can't wait until I have fresh veggies to use this summer.

  40. Great Value with very good results

    by NewPickler on 04 Thu,2014

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    I found this product to be a great balance between initial cost to start fermenting as compared to purchasing a crock. I wanted a 3liter crock but the 100+ dollar price tag was hard to swallow. This product works.

    I've made pickles, sauerkraut and am now making cauliflower and brocolli.

  41. Great Idea

    by rakuwoman on 05 Fri,2014

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    I am planning on starting my sauerkraut this afternoon. Expecting to be very happy with the results. I think the jars are overpriced, it would be nice if the locking system worked with all mason jars :( But I do like the convenience!

  42. Good product with one flaw

    by Isabel on 12 Sat,2014

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    Overall it is a good product. It comes with a complete set of components for fermentation. The ceramic weight is designed well. The glass jar and the lids are strong. But there is no silicon seal in the air lock lid. So the jar is not air tight, which may compromise the quality of fermentation.

    Response from CFH: Vegetables should be fully submerged below a brine to reduce oxygen exposure. Please contact Customer Support before discarding any products.

  43. good size

    by Marian on 05 Tue,2015

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    Useful size jar for whipping up a small batch of pickles. Airlock keeps mold from occurring. Worth getting in other sizes, too.

  44. Perfect for my family.

    by Elusia on 09 Fri,2015

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    Love this size. I also have the gallon one and love them both. They are always in use and I'm thinking of getting a couple more. So easy to culture vegetables and they always come out perfect.

  45. Easy & Failproof

    by Deanna on 03 Sat,2013

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    My husband and I began making sauerkraut and kimchi a few months ago with two Half-Gallon Fermented Vegetable Masters. We'd never cultured anything before and were pretty nervous about it. The Vegetable Masters made it a no-brainer. Fill 'em up, put 'em in the pantry, wait. Eat! No mold, no slime, no stink, no babysitting. Just crunchy & delicious kraut and kimchi. I'm back on the site to order more equipment. I do think the price is a somewhat steep for a glass jar & plastic airlock, but I'm willing to pay for the ease of use and peace of mind. Recommended.

  46. I wish I had not purchased the 1/2 gallon system

    by Shahsam on 04 Thu,2015

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    The bottle and the lead are ok but quite frankly too small for a reasonable ferment. The weight to keep the veggies below the liquid simply would not fit the lid so they are gathering dust somewhere.

    I recommend creating your own fermented veggies but buy the individual pieces instead.

    Response from CFH: The Ceramic Weights should be inserted one piece at a time and should not form a circle. They should be well spread out in the jar to cover the most surface area. Please contact Customer Support with any questions or concerns regarding your products.

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  • From Patricia at 3/19/2016 7:22 PM
    • Would this formation crock be useful to make chickpea tempeh?
    • This Fermented Vegetable Master is meant for culturing vegetables. It is not suitable for tempeh. The tempeh should be spread in a thin layer of just 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick, and will be vented with plastic wrap over its container. This container is then incubated at 85º-91ºF for 24-48 hours. See here on how to make tempeh: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-make-tempeh
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  • From Barbara at 1/23/2016 8:41 AM
    • Are the ceramic weights lead free?
    • Yes, they certainly are! More info from the craftsperson:

      "I use a tried and true clay recipe I can trace back 80 years through various craftspeople I have known over the years."

      The weights are not glazed but rather fired 2,350 degrees using an oxidation technique. This process vitrifies the body of the clay making the molecules so dense that water and other elements cannot penetrate the surface thus rendering the clay food safe.
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  • From Nicole at 1/1/2016 9:20 AM
    • Hi...I am confused how it is air tight....I tried to ferment in a mason jar with just a lid I left space at the top and a few days later I went to check on it and noticed the cabbage was rising above the water so when I went to open the jar to push the cabbage down it exploded everywhere??? After that I got advised to not close the lid tight but then it got black mold around the rim of the jar....not on the vegtables but on the rim....will any of this happen with your airlock system if not how come?
    • An airlock system allows for the gases to escape through the water in the airlock piece that sits in/on top of the lid. It also prevents any oxygen from getting into the jar because of the water barrier. No pressure can be built up when the fermentation gases form, so there is no fear of it exploding upon opening. When you use a mason jar, the tight seal will certainly keep oxygen out, but nothing can escape either! When you put a loose lid on the mason jar, gases can escape but oxygen can get it (thus your mold). An airlock system can still have mold or yeast, but not near the risk or amount of having not used it.
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  • From Brian at 11/18/2015 12:09 PM
    • I am new to fermenting. If I were to use this half gallon container to make sauerkraut, about how many medium sized cabbage heads would be necessary to fill it properly? Just a rough estimate to give me an idea would be helpful. I realize every head of cabbage is different.
    • Our Half-Gallon Fermented Vegetable Master will fit about 2 small to medium heads of cabbage (shredded) for making sauerkraut. It will fit a double batch of our Basic Sauerkraut recipe listed here:

      http://www.culturesforhealth.com/sauerkraut
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  • From Anita at 10/17/2015 10:12 PM
    • Is glass weight safer than ceramic weight that keep the vegetable submerged?
    • It depends on the glass weight, where it was made etc. We in fact used to carry glass weights, which work great, but opted for a natural clay ceramic weight crafted by a local potter. Both glass or ceramic work fine for keeping them safely submerged.
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  • From Donna at 1/15/2015 4:52 PM
    • If I only fill the half gallon jar half way or a quarter way up. Is this a problem?
      I am new at fermenting and I would like to make small batches At first.
    • Yes, it likely will be problematic. We recommend for best results with any fermentation vessel (crock, mason jar, bowl) you fill it to 80% capacity with vegetables. Then add the brine to cover and keep the vegetables submerged.
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  • From Marian at 9/14/2013 8:24 AM
  • From Barbara Denisoff at 8/20/2013 12:47 AM
    • Should I have the top of the vegetables touch the airlock or do I need a few inches of space between the vegetables and the airlock?
    • The vegetables should be submerged and weighted and the vessel shouldn't be filled to more than 80% capacity.
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  • From Sarce at 4/17/2013 11:51 PM
  • From Claudia at 4/2/2013 9:33 AM
    • Can you transfer the fermented vegetables to another glass container after the vegetables have fermented in Vegetable Master (so you can ferment other stuff)?
    • Yes, finished fermented vegetables can be transferred to another clean container for storage.
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