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Small Ceramic Fermentation Weight

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Weigh down your fermented vegetables using this ceramic fermentation weight. Keeping vegetables weighted under the brine keeps the vegetables from drying out and can help prevent mold.

  • Approximately 3 in. (7.6 cm.) diameter
  • Fit most standard wide-mouth style canning jars (quart and half-gallon sizes)
  • For more surface area coverage in half-gallon jars, try our Large Ceramic Fermentation Weights.
  • Two interlocking pieces for easy placement
  • Food grade ceramic
  • Lead-free
  • Hand wash with white vinegar or warm water. Do not use soap.

 

Instructions for use:

Rinse well before using, with white vinegar or warm water. Do not use soap. Fill the fermentation vessel with the prepared vegetables leaving appropriate headspace. Place ceramic weights on top of the vegetables to ensure the vegetables sit under the brine. Cover the vessel if desired. Ferment vegetables. Remove the ceramic weight prior to storing or consuming the vegetables.

 

Composition of the Clay:

  • Red Art, a base clay containing iron oxide, salt, and feldspars  
  • AP Fire Clay
  • Gold Art, a base clay
  • Om4 Ball Clay   
  • Feldspar
  • Grog 

 

Additional Manufacturing Information from the Craftsman: 

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 Kris at 5/9/2015 1:58 PM
    • Are these meant to replace the cabbage leaves in the Perfect Pickler?
    • These weights are not needed with the Perfect Pickler. They can be used in addition to the cabbage leaves to keep veggies submerged when culturing in wide mouth, quart mason jars where there is no separate weight or spacer.
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  • From sue at 4/3/2015 7:47 AM
    • What is the diameter of the two weights fitted together?

      Regards, Sue
    • The weights fit together into a circle that is approximately 3 inches in diameter.
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  • From LC at 6/17/2014 10:41 PM
    • I accidentally forgot to not use soap on my weights and I put them in the dishwater (Dishmate dish soap) and they sat in there for a while. According to your answer above, it looks like water cannot penetrate the weights. Do I have to throw them away or can I salvage them by soaking them in vinegar?
      Thanks,
    • A 12-24 hour soak in vinegar, followed by a thorough rinsing, should remove the soap residue from your weights.
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  • From David at 5/30/2014 2:02 PM
    • In the interest of easy cleaning and mold control ... are the ceramic weights glazed?
    • 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 Brea at 2/2/2014 12:13 PM
    • What is the total weight of the ceramic weight?
    • This product weighs about 0.15 lbs or a little more than 2 oz.
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  • From Bruce at 1/30/2014 8:29 AM
    • The quantity shows 1. Does this mean one each ceramic weight, or one set of weights? If so, how many weights come in a set?
    • This is one set of weights that is two interlocking pieces.
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  • From Nancy at 1/30/2014 7:14 AM
    • What is the country of origin?
    • These weights are made in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
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  • From Dave N at 1/22/2014 12:18 PM
    • Can I use this instead of the glass weights in the 1/2 and 1 gallon glass fermentation containers?
    • You may use this or the Large Ceramic Weight in the glass Fermented Vegetable Masters. The Large Weight may be a better fit for these larger jars, but these small weights will certainly work, maybe 2 sets in one jar, distributed over the surface, would be best.
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Too small and lightweight Review by Chris
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I found these weights too small and lightweight to be of much use in fermenting my red cabbage. I continue to use a small plastic bag filled with water above the ceramic weight to keep the cabbage completely submerged in the brine. I suggest a new version which is bigger and heavier to fit a quart jar and I would like a version to fit a half gallon jar as well. I will happily purchase again if a new version becomes available.

CFH note ~ The small weights can be a little light for some veggies, you might want to try the large weights or layer a few sets of weights. Your request for larger weights for 1/2 gallon jars has been forwarded to our suggestion box.

(Posted on 5/14/2015)

Exactly what I needed. Review by Mark
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These weights are excellent for holding cabbage and other vegetables under the brine to prevent mold growth while fermenting.

(Posted on 4/22/2015)

Works as Described Review by Idaho Janet
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I just finished my first batch of sauerkraut in a half gallon jar, and these weights worked well to keep the cabbage under the brine. I think the rougher surface is by design and helps them stay in place. Affordable price, good value. Thanks for making the pickling process work!

(Posted on 4/17/2015)

Works great! Review by Sue
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I ordered the small and large ceramic weights. I am happy with both, they keep the veggies under the brine!

(Posted on 4/13/2015)

Liked the increased thickness of ceramic weight Review by Clea
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Liked the increased thickness of ceramic weight.

(Posted on 3/19/2015)

Well Worth it! Review by veggiebytes
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These are the best fermentation weights I have found at a great price.
Even though I ferment with an airlock, these prevent any kind of mold as well because the veggies stay below the brine. Having 2 interlocking piece make it easy to fit in a wide mouth mason jar without having lots of extra space for your little kraut pieces to float up.
I highly recommend these!

(Posted on 3/2/2015)

perfect! Review by zooie
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So well made and packaged and timely shipping. couldn't be happier. customer service is amazing with answering questions! :-)

(Posted on 2/22/2015)

OK Review by Veee
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I wish these were a little heavier. I love that they are in 2 pieces as I use a Fido jar for my kraut. But they don't actually hold the cabbage down when it starts fermenting. I may get another set. For now I have a glass weight that I use on top of this one and that works.

(Posted on 2/17/2015)

Love them Work Great! Review by Lee
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I was a little concerned with some of the reviews I had read but trusted Cultures For Health....and I was Not Disappointed!!!!!!!
Thank You So Very Much for Everything I have bought from you I haven't one complaint!!!!!!!!

(Posted on 2/17/2015)

perfect! Review by birdlegs
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The ceramic weights are just what I was looking for! Much easier than the river stones I had been using to hold the veggies down

(Posted on 1/25/2015)

Perfect for fermenting salsa Review by Kim Becky
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Needed something to hold the fresh salsa under the brine and this set works perfectly!! Highly recommend!

(Posted on 1/24/2015)

Good value and easy to use Review by Plantlovernyc
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I bought 2 sets of the weights for making kefir-kraut. They helped keep the kraut down and were super easy to use in a wide-mouthed jar. I use two sets and would love to see heavier weights so I can just use one set. The price of these weights is a great value versus spending over $100 to buy special crocks to make kraut in small amounts.

(Posted on 1/11/2015)

Just what I needed!!! Review by Kim Becky
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After making a few batches of homemade fermented salsa, I was getting frustrated because some of the vegetables always would float to the top out of the brine. This small weight is absolutely perfect! Since it's in two (2) pieces, I can easily place one half in the jar at a time, making sure all of the vegetables remain under the brine. I'd highly recommend this to anyone who makes smaller batches of fermented produce. If I ever graduate to larger batches, I will be ordering the larger one!! Love it!!!!

(Posted on 1/7/2015)

Works well Review by mfbishop
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Does the job. May need 1 1/2 depending on what you are fermenting. I prefer these ceramic ones to the glass rounds available elsewhere. The ceramic ones don't fall to the bottom of the jar as easily as glass.

I used to use a baggie with salt water to weigh contents down, but I am reducing my plastic use.

(Posted on 1/4/2015)

Great product for a great price Review by Homestead Lady
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These are nicely priced and a very clean product. They're simple to use since they're in two pieces. I put a piece of screen on top of my kraut and then put these on top of that - works great every time!

(Posted on 1/2/2015)

great Review by MH
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The weights work great. The release top on the 1 1/2 quart container also works wonderful. Better than a messy tray or countertop! I think I need to get more!
MH

(Posted on 12/8/2014)

About 85% of what I expected. Review by ArnoldH
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My only complaint is that I wish the weights were heavier.

(Posted on 11/16/2014)

great Review by littledove
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Wish I had another set.

(Posted on 11/13/2014)

These ceramic weights are perfect. Review by heather166
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Having ordered other products from Cultures, I was positive that these were just what I needed for fermenting small batches of vegetables.

(Posted on 11/12/2014)

I am very pleased with my new products ! Review by Newby Fermenter
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I've been fermenting foods for a couple of months. I am very pleased with the small Ceramic Weights,they fit perfectly in qt jars keeping the veggies down in the brine and prevent them from floating. I will be ordering more of these.

(Posted on 11/5/2014)



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