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)
  • Two interlocking pieces for easy placement
  • Food grade ceramic
  • Lead-free
  • Hand wash with vinegar or warm water (do not use soap)

 

Instructions for use:

Rinse well before using, with vinegar or warm water. Do not use soap. Fill the fermentation vessel with the prepared vegetables leaving appropriate headspace, place the ceramic weights on top of the vegetables to ensure the vegetables sit under the brine. Cover the vessel if desired. Allow the vegetables to ferment. 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 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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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)

first time fermenter Review by Jo Anne
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I am just getting into fermenting veggies at home, and wanted to do kraut in canning jars. These weights are perfect! They really do hold the kraut down below the brine. My first batch of kraut turned out fabulous, and am planning on expanding into other veggies.

(Posted on 11/3/2014)

Awesome!! Review by Mrs_Longworth
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Loved it!

(Posted on 10/28/2014)

Awesome Review by Laurie
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This little stone is such a problem solver!! Holds veggies down perfectly to keep them submersed in a wide mouth jar!! How did I ever ferment without this??? Great product and well worth the small cost.

(Posted on 10/24/2014)

So Easy Review by Skyzer
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I love this little unit (as well as the larger size). It works SO much better than rolling up cabbage leaves to pack in my fermenting veggies. I highly recommend paying the slight cost, to get one and try it.

(Posted on 10/9/2014)

So far not very useful Review by Mary
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I have used these twice now and I find that they are not heavy enough or wide enough to hold down produce sufficiently to be completely covered and under the liquid in my jars.

Note from CFH: Please contact customer support for troubleshooting help.

(Posted on 10/7/2014)

Awesome design. Review by Heidi
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My biggest challenge for fermenting was keeping the veggies weighed down, and I thought there must be a way to make a small weight to use in jars. Then I found these! They are just a tough larger than the opening on a wide mouth jar, so you can't use them in a pint jar, but for quart and larger this turns out to be brilliant - the shape of the jar keeps them locked into place right up against the neck if you fill it enough. This is perfect for brine ferments. For sauerkraut I use an additional weight in the form of a narrow bottle filled with water. These little weights make jar fermentation a whole lot easier than using brine-filled plastic bags.

(Posted on 10/1/2014)

Perfect for quart jar fermenting Review by Esther
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Worked great for making pickled beets and fit perfectly inside of a quart jar.
Can't wait to use it in other fermenting projects.

(Posted on 9/25/2014)

They're skinny but strong Review by Melody
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I think some reviewers are being too tough on this little guy. I think it's light as well, but my ferments seem to think it's heavy enough; It's holding down a full, half gallon mason jar of pickles just fine! It's priced so well anyway that if it's not heavy enough for your job, just use two!!! After reading the reviews I initially only ordered two, just to test them out, but I'm back for more :)

(Posted on 9/19/2014)

Perfect for Small Batch Fermentation Review by David
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I generally ferment in larger containers (5 and 10 liter) but occasionally have need to do a small batch in a 1 liter jar. I ordered these to use in 1 liter Le Parfait jars and they did a great job holding down the cucumbers below the liquid. They are easy to use, easy to clean and are handy to have around when the need arises. The price at Cultures for Health is the best I could find and shipping is very fast. I highly recommend.

(Posted on 9/5/2014)

Worked for fermenting cabbage and carrots Review by tad
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I successfully fermented my first batch of veggies. Turned out well. I used the small weights in the tops of half gallon wide mouth mason jars. A few veggies did float up a bit, wish the weights were a bit heavier, but overall the fermentation was successful. The lady on the online chat and telephone conversation where I asked for advice made all the difference, they were knowledgeable. Boy was I green but I did it OK. I am getting brave and would like to get into cheese making. Thanks ladies, I will be talking to you before attempting that.

(Posted on 8/27/2014)

Small ceramic weights Review by JoAnn
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They are ok. I used wide mouth jars and they seemed a bit too small and not heavy enough. I still had to cover first with cabbage leaf.

(Posted on 8/24/2014)

perfect for half gallon mason jar ferments Review by erica
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I was reluctant to purchase b/c how many people said how light they are and it is true if your looking for something to hold down a really loose ferment than this might not bbs the right thing for you but these worked great for my kraut. I used a full cabbage leaf then this on top of that. the are also perfect for carrots to keep them under the brine. I really think you can't got wrong for the price.

(Posted on 7/26/2014)

Just what I needed to keep vegetables under the brine Review by Bear
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These fit beautifully inside a widemouth quart mason jar. Because of the way they fit snugly under the curve in the jar, they kept the vegetables in place and under the brine perfectly. They stayed in place and I didn't even worry about them moving because of the way they fit the jar.
My compliments on a great product. Thanks for your help and the quick shipping! KUDOS!!!

(Posted on 7/25/2014)

Maybe make a tad bit heavier and smoother but still a great idea! Review by Sammy
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Will buy the ceramic weights again soon. Good coverage, easy to use.

(Posted on 7/21/2014)

Helpful product for fermentation. Review by daisy
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The small ceramic fermentation weight is a great product. It is small, but very effective. It stays in place during fermentation, and is less awkward than some of the other methods. Before I tried the ceramic weight, I used plastic bags filled with water. They were awkward and unpredictable. I could see my fermenting sauerkraut better with the ceramic weight.I want to commend CFH for their customer service and for following through on each customer. I am very happy with the service on my orders. Their service is instant and thorough.

(Posted on 7/12/2014)

Great! Review by CTGirl
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I love these! I wish they were sold in a bulk value pack. I agree with others that I wish they were a little more weighty. But, I've used them for the half-gallon Ball jars and they work really well. I've not had any stuff float up - Ive used the weight to ferment kraut, beets, turnips.

(Posted on 7/2/2014)



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