Perfect Pickler

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Make pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi, and more using your wide-mouth canning jars.

  • Very simple to use. This airlock set up fits on standard wide-mouth canning jars (specifically Kerr* and Ball* brands of jars).
  • Eliminates air while keeping the fermenting vegetables under the brine resulting in less scum and mold formation while also generally yielding a crunchier end product.
  • Air and gasses created through fermentation escape through the water-filled airlock but new air cannot enter keeping your fermenting vegetables safe. Eliminates the need to open the container during fermentation to check on the vegetables or to remove scum and mold from the surface.
  • Can be used with just vegetables, salt, and water. Can also be used with whey or a starter culture if desired.
  • Airlock lid can be switched out for a solid lid after fermentation for easy storage in the refrigerator.
  • Pickles and other fermented vegetables can be made in as little as 4 days (although many people prefer the taste profile possible from longer fermentation periods). 
  • Includes a spacer cup which floats under the lid to collect brine overflow, exhaust gas, and maintain an air sequestered environment.
  • Includes a gasket ring to further seal the jar and pressurize the contents.


Includes a lid and grommet, s-style airlock, rubber gasket, spacer cup, 1/4 lb. Celtic sea salt, and instructions. Does not include the jar. Use with standard wide-mouth canning jars (specifically Kerr* and Ball* brands). Jars are generally available from your local variety-style department store in pint, quart, and half-gallon sizes.

BPA- and phthalate-free.

*Ball and Kerr are trademarked brand names of their respective manufacturers.

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  • From christine at 4/23/2012 7:53 AM
    • My sister sent me one of these airlocks. But I do not no how to use it. I did not receive instructions on how to use it. I really want to try this but I can not figure out if it goes on top or in the bottle and to make matters worse, this is my first time making cultured vegetables. Help?
    • The airlock goes on the top. Please contact customersupport@culturesforhealth.com and we will be able to walk you through the process. It can be a little daunting at first, especially without instructions but you are going to love the Perfect Pickler! We're looking forward to your e-mail :)
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  • From Barbara at 7/18/2012 10:52 AM
    • Since the container is air tight, how does botulism toxin not grow?
    • The contents of the container produce an acidic environment, which prevents the botulism toxin from growing. It can't live in an acidic environment, so if the contents are prepared correctly, it should be safe.
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  • From carrie at 8/6/2012 4:36 PM
    • Is this basically a Fermented Vegetable Master (without the jar) for wide mouth canning jars?
    • Basically, yes. It is an airlock, but made with a lid that fits wide mouth canning jars, specifically Kerr and Ball. The Fermented Vegetable Master lids fit the jars they come with.
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  • From Jeanie at 8/11/2012 1:31 PM
    • Is this safer then a fermentation crock? Or, is it's advantage to use this merely so you don't have to transfer the cultured veggies from the crock to jars when ready to store? Also, do you then just switch to a regular lid to store in the frig?
    • The advantage of the Perfect Pickler is the ability to easily change lids to a regular mason jar lid for storage.
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  • From Cathy at 9/28/2012 4:06 PM
    • Does this fit standard 1/2 gallon canning jars? Also, when fermenting is complete, do I water bath can as usual or is this for just storing in the fridge?
    • The Perfect Pickler fits most wide mouth canning jars and should fit your 1/2 gallon jar if it is a standard canning jar. Once fermentation is complete, remove the Perfect Pickler lid and replace it with a standard lid and refrigerate. Heating would destroy the benefits of fermenting so no water bath, just cover your ferment and store it in the fridge.
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  • From Kirsten at 3/3/2013 2:09 PM
    • Are separate glass weights required for proper use of this set-up?
    • It includes a spacer cup which floats under the lid to collect brine overflow, exhaust gas, and maintain an air sequestered environment. You could use weights to keep the vegetables further submerged, but they are not required.
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  • From B at 4/4/2013 2:01 PM
    • Is this BPA-free? Phthalate-free?
    • According to the manufacturer, the Perfect Pickler is bpa- and phthalate-free.
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  • From Chris at 6/18/2013 7:57 PM
    • Does any plastic actually rest inside or come in contact with the brine?
    • No, as long as the jar is not overfilled, there should be no contact with the lid or any plastic part.
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  • From Cathy at 11/9/2013 11:49 PM
    • Since I have never made fermented vegetables,I understand from the description, it includes instructions. Are there any recipes?

      If I make sauerkraut, will a medium head of chopped and pounded cabbage fit in a quart jar. The largest mason jar I have seen is a quart.
    • Instructions are included with this product, along with a couple of recipes. Any fermented vegetable recipe may be fermented using the Perfect Pickler.

      A medium head of cabbage, once pounded or kneaded for sauerkraut, usually fills a quart jar. Wide-mouth Ball or Kerr jars come in sizes up to 1/2 gallon.
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  • From April at 1/23/2014 4:37 PM
    • Are you lids lead-free?have they been tested for lead?
    • While the Perfect Pickler has not been tested for lead, there are no components that would contain any lead. Most of the pieces are food-grade plastic and the over-flow is stainless steel.
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Very nice product Review by Cabbager in CA
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The lid with air lock, the instructions, and the salt sample combined to make the perfect sauerkraut, as compared to previous attempts where I used my own weight (a jar with rocks) and a cheesecloth cover. So I am very happy with my purchase and actually bought a second setup so I could run two different batches at the same time. No sign of molds in the jar and very easy to monitor the progress.
The only part of the gear that doesn't seem to add anything to the set-up is the metal cup. It does not weight the veggies down, so I purchased two of the split ceramic weights (which I highly recommend) made for quart jar batches, and the resulting set-up is as close to perfect and foolproof as it gets.

(Posted on 12/13/2014)

Excellent Review by Crusty Curmudgeon 1
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Does everything it claims. It is an excellent product at a very reasonable price.

(Posted on 10/26/2014)

Perfect Pickler Review by Carol
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I love this, and have used it twice already. It works very well, but it is NOT worth the price. It's too expensive for what it is. Shouldn't cost more than about $5.00

(Posted on 6/26/2014)

Worked perfectly! Review by Connie
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My very first batch of sauerkraut came out perfectly. I'm glad I found the website and this easy-to-use device.

(Posted on 6/16/2014)

Easy Review by Jul
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My first kraut attempt at fermenting and it came out perfect!

(Posted on 4/15/2014)

Fabulous Ferment Review by deb
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Simple to use, outstanding results with carrots, green beans,and kale kraut.

(Posted on 3/29/2014)

I like it Review by Anise
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This was recommended to me by a friend. I did my first couple of batches of fermented veggies without it, and had to skim the mold off diligently. It was so nice to get the air lock setup and not have to worry about that. I also like the little overflow cup that helps push the veggies down a bit and raises the brine level up.

(Posted on 3/25/2014)

Couldn't be more pleased. It is so easy. Review by Nika
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I love this gadget!!! I am new to fermenting, and I am always concerned with "getting it right". With this perfect pickler you can't go wrong. It is so easy and you will want to do more and more. Oh for more counter space!!

(Posted on 3/9/2014)

a top product Review by Mitch
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I have used a similar product in Germany and am sure this will work great. If it works, like it should, I'll be buying more.

(Posted on 2/25/2014)

works great Review by liha
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What a good way to keep your sauerkraut out of the air yet it can still breathe. It's easy to make a jar full, put another lid on it and refrigerate, and start a new batch. I am not getting any scum on the surface of the kraut and when I had tried fermentation previously I always had to skim it off.

(Posted on 1/12/2014)

Works well! Review by Sallymic
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Enjoying the ease of countertop ferments. Kraut, onions and lemons "brewing"

(Posted on 12/14/2013)

Love this product Review by Lisa
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I have had great success make beet kraut twice now. We think it tastes better than the store bought. Love that I don't have to worry about slimy mold. I am planning on giving it as a gift to my friends for Christmas.

(Posted on 12/1/2013)

Love it! Review by milena
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I love this product! It makes things a lot easier for me. I make fermented veggies and sauerkraut year round and this product guarantees a delicious outcome every time! :)

(Posted on 12/1/2013)

Great product Review by Wendy
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Works great for fermenting veggies. It's very convenient to be able to use the device with various sized canning jars.

(Posted on 11/11/2013)

Perfect Pickler Review by Lily
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I bought this for my 88yr old Mother. Who loves it. She's having a great time using it for all kinds of fermented vegs. GO MOMMA.

(Posted on 11/6/2013)



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