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Starting at: $39.00
This jar is everything I've ever wanted and more! It's easy to clean, simple to use, it has a great lid design, and it matches my kitchen aesthetic. I have nothing but love for this jar!
"Great for Kimchi"
I've made a few great batches of Kimchi in my crock and the results have all been delicious -even when I changed my recipe. It's a must-have for my kitchen!
I have fermented quite a few veggies in both my 2L and 5L crocks and the result is always great! They are easy to use and look great on my kitchen counter. We are a big family so I just wish they had bigger sizes, too!
"Appearance over Function "
We have had tried to use the 5 Liter Crock for everything from sauerkraut and Kimchi to apple cider vinegar. In every chase the attempts have been disappointing and resulted in a total waste. I believe this is due primarily to the design. The Crock narrows at the top and bottom with the center being wider. The wider center unfortunately allows more room for fermenting solids to make their way around the weight. The weight is simply not heavy enough to keep the fermenting solids submerged. I have tried decreasing the amount of cabbage or apple scraps but every time the fermentable solids ultimately escape around the weight or the weight is raised to the top. I have to constantly toss a layer of solids from the top to prevent spoilage. Never had this issue with older style crocks, which I have had to resort back to. I have found that I am losing one third to half a batch using this crock. This crock looks good but does not work as well. Very expensive kombucha maker.
I purchased this crock and when I took it out of the box and tried to figure out how it would work, I could not open the lid of the crock, I asked my husband for help, he also could not force the lid off in any way, I watched a video on the internet so I knew it should screw off but the only thing that came off was the bottom of the jar. As soon as I can get someone to respond to me, they are getting this crock back.
"Convenient and clean"
I got the big jar, it's really convenient because it can hold a lot and doesn't take up too much space. Also it looks really clean in my kitchen!
Haven't used it yet but it looks great! All the items are very high quality and I can't wait to try it out. I'll update once I do. I have to say that the packaging is absolutely gorgeous too! I think it would make a marvelous gift.
"Easy Way to Start"
I've tried making sauerkraut in a bowl with a plate on it before, but this kit made it so much simpler and safer. I made the white kimchi recipe that came with the kit, and it was delicious. (All taste testers thought it was better than the store-bought kimchi that we compared it with.) I'm now waiting for my sauerkraut and gingered carrots to finish fermenting. I loved making my own sauerkraut with red cabbage, which is so much more beautiful than the ghostly white cabbage one can buy in the store. All three recipes I have tried came from the easy-to-follow and beautifully illustrated booklet that came with the kit. In addition to the ease and simplicity of packing and fermenting with the contents of the kit, I like being able to see what's going on with the fermentation through the clear Mason jar, which you can't do with a crock. I think this kit would be a great gift for someone who likes to make food from scratch or who likes to preserve food from their garden.
very nice. if you want to give a healthy gift, this is the one to give.
"Complete Homesteading Kit!"
I couldn't be happier. I love this whole kit, and was so excited to receive it that I made sauerkraut the same day it arrived. The book has easy to follow instructions, and the tools are very high quality. The packaging was too big to keep in my kitchen as is, so I cut out and kept the foam part to store the pickle pebbles when not in use. I'm so happy I bought this kit, and I will be getting another one for best friend's birthday present!
This is my first time fermenting and this kit made the process so easy! I would recommend this to anyone who is a beginner fermenter,gives you the confidence to jump right in and ferment! Thanks for a great product. It came within a few days after ordering,thank,Cultures for Health! I definetly will be a repeat customer.
"Love my kit"
Great product! I store all my supplies in the handy box between ferments. Thankfully, I got it for twenty percent off as it is a bit pricey. However, the quality is excellent. So far I have made sauerkraut, dill pickles, cherry chutney, and beets with my kit. It's easy , and I am so glad to get fermented foods into my diet. I am planning to do sweet pickles today (recipe from The Complete Idiot's Guide--great resource). By the way, if you do the cherry chutney from The Complete Idiot's Guide, leave out the mint. It overpowers everything else. I recommend this kit for small batch fermenting.
"I love it"
Makes pounding cabbage much easier, and its easy to grip. Been using since last October (2016) and it is still in great condition .
I have been making krauts for 2+years and never used a packer. I decided to buy it and try since it is not that expensive and I am really impressed at the difference it makes: I can cram way more vegetables in the jar. I really love it.
I swallowed hard before buying this, thinking that I should just make my own out of a branch that was properly-sized. But since I didn't do that, I bought this one. It works well, though with the bowl I'm using, I wished it were slightly rounded on the bottom. I'm new to fermenting, and had only used my rolling pin in the past. So.... I've made less than 10 jars of ferment with this thing, and I ONLY wash it by hand. Went to put it away this morning, and it has two cracks. One goes 3/4 the way down, and the other is about 2-1/2 inches. Neither is at a joint, though I can see that a joint is opening on the flat (pounding) surface. Come to think of it, if there were a slight amount of shaping in the pounding surface, there would be less stress at the edges, and it would be less likely to crack. Conclusion: I'll use my rolling pin for now, and will look for a right-sized hardwood branch! Recommend that you do too. Response from CFH: We are so terribly sorry! This product sounds defective, and we're always happy to make things right. Please contact us anytime you have an issue such as this again!
Quality product, reasonably priced, quick delivery.
"Works as Suggested"
This made getting the juices out of my grated veggies easy. Then I went on with the culturing/pickling process.
This is a great product and a great company. Customer service is very helpful and friendly. I have been looking forward to making sauerkraut for some time but didn't have an adequate container. I ordered the gallon size jar and my first batch is now fermenting. Can't wait to see and taste the result!
"weight too small to work adequately"
The weights that came with out one gallon vegetable master are much too small and light to be effective. The weights need to be closer to the diameter of the container. Response from CFH: Thank you for your feedback! Here is some information from the product page that can help...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.
Item as received was well-packed, with plenty of cushioning. I'm completely new at this, but my first batch of sauerkraut turned out far better than I dared hope. I now have a batch of pickles, started 08/13/17. Hope they turn out as delicious as did the sauerkraut.
I don't really care for the taste of the fermented vegetables, however it may well be something to be acquired. Item was received in excellent condition and just as described. Perfect equipment for making small dose vodka from sugar syrup and yeast.
"Loving learning to ferment diy"
I am so thankful for the help of the great jars help me make great sauerkraut and pickles and will soon expand my horizons - I appreciate this incredible company and the great service they bring to help others start learning new things
"Great service "
I am in the process of fermenting my first batch of sauerkraut- the stone that came with it is not able to hold the cabbage below the brine - I think I need to find something to be able to weight it down - the customer service has been amazing - I highly recommend this company - they have been so helpful with answering many questions I have had with just learning - I look forward to fermenting pickles and I plan on buying another jar for smaller batches -
I am new to fermenting and this made making sauerkraut so easy and delicious.
I am very happy with my jar. No more mason jars with mold. Makes perfect sauerkraut every time.
"Works great & looks beautiful "
I made my first batch of fermented veggies in this jar and was very happy with the outcome. There was mold on one cucumber slice that accidentally failed to fully submerge, which goes to show how important it is to properly use the glass weights. The batch came out otherwise perfect! I imagine this would be great for kefir and other ferments as well and is ideal for those who prefer not to use muslin, but I really love it for veggies. This is a great product from a wonderful company!
"Fermenting my first batch"
So far, all seems to be working well. I'm fermenting my first batch of cabbage. It has been going for about a week now. The top layer started to show some signs of graying, but there wasn't enough liquid to cover it, so I took it out. I made a big pot last week and it went bad by this time, so I already know this is working better! Fingers crossed!!! Response from CFH: Be sure to check out our FAQs and Troubleshooting questions about culturing veggies! Or, contact our awesome Customer Support so we can assist you!
"I like the product would like stone to be larger to weigh down pickles and sauerkraut "
I have bought a large and small fermenting jar and I really like them both although I will say I have been disappointed with the size of the stone because it just is not big enough - the stone falls down - I just started fermenting some pickles and it has already fallen to the bottom of the gallon jar but overall I love these jars so far and appreciate the great customer care they have thru this company!!! Very helpful and kind !!! Response from CFH: Thanks for the kind words! If you find the weights are not enough, you can try some tips here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/learn/natural-fermentation/how-to-keep-fermented-vegetables-submerged/
"This makes fermenting so easy. I made fabulous ginger sauerkraut the very first time"
I was a bit worried about trying this and having to scrape scum off the top but this makes fermenting so easy. I made fabulous ginger sauerkraut the very first time. No scum!
Starting at: $17.56
I make a lot of sauerkraut and pickles, and these are the best fermentation lids/locks I've ever used. I currently own three sets.
Starting at: $1.00
"110 mm CT lid"
Just wanted to let people know, who might be looking for lids for other gallon jars, that this appears to fit a 110 mm jar opening, and your jar must have a continuous thread, not a lug thread. CT are what your mason jars are, lug are what many pickle, jam, and sauce jars are that you might find in the supermarket. I bought this one just to see what it was, if it would fit my jars (same size, but my jars have lug tops, not CT). These are lightweight plastic covers in a clean white.
Starting at: $18.95
I purchased 8 of these glass weights and I have 2 left. The other 6 split in half or cracked while doing their job in the ferment jars sometime during the fermentation process. Response from CFH: Oh dear! Please contact us immediately on our website so that we can assist. This is something that should be reported to the manufacturer if these are being used properly.
"The reason for differing reviews"
These work great, but NOT for less than full jars, like you'd have with the shorter pickling cucumbers. They simply sink to the bottom of the jar if they can find a weak spot (loosely packed spot like you'd have with pickles). However, when the jars are FULL (for like, for instance, beets for beet kvass) they work AWESOME. Soooo much better and easier than rolling up cabbage leaves that splash your brine all over.
"Just what needed"
These are exactly what I expected. They are perfect weight to hold down food for fermenting.
Greatly helped making my cultured/pickles vegetables a success.
"wish they were a tad bigger, but generally very helpful"
I use wide mouth quart jars, and the pebble could be bigger to fit those jars. I put a plastic lid in the jar, upside down, with the pickle pebble in it to weigh it down, and that worked well.
"What a great Company!"
What a great company! After CFH read my previous review about one weight being broken, they contacted me and were only too happy to send me a replacement set. So all in all was a great Company to work with.
At least twice as robust as the OEM lid which cracked after a couple years. These are a great value and will last a long time.
"Don't fit my jars"
I wish I had seen the comments and not ordered them. They do not fit any of my gallon jars. Response from CFH: We are terribly sorry for the misunderstanding. For all our products, we include all the size details in the "Description" section on the individual product page. Feel free to contact us anytime!
"Good but fragile"
I would like to see them in a thicker plastic - since injection plastic molding is incredibly inexpensive only a few pennies per piece at most - a few more cents for more durable plastic would make this product a great product.
"A Perfect Fit For My Fermernting Jars"
These fermenting lids arrived on time and were exactly as described. They fit my 120mm jar openings perfectly! I am very pleased as always with Cultures For Health!
"These Lids fit my 1 Gallon jars I got on Amazon perfectly"
I got these lids for my jars I purchased on Amazon and they worked perfectly! Good airlock system that is economical for my fermenting!
Thanks your products are Wonderful!
Best place to buy airlocks! Great price, delivery time great and great company!
"Love this part great service "
Thank you for great service and being a great company
"Very handy to have"
These are great! They are inexpensive and I can do more than 1 ferments at a time.
Good and effective.
"Inexpensive way to put an airlock on ferments"
These airlocks are inexpensive and are a real value! They work excellently!
"So appreciative of your business! God sent! "
I'm so appreciative of your tutorials, and products. I often refer your business to everyone. Thanks so much. Blessings!
"Get This Book!"
After reading about Sandor, in The New Yorker magazine, I purchased this book and the accompanying DVD. I have to say it has changed my life. Though we have been making yogurt for over 30 years and have had a sourdough culture living in the fridge for about twenty, being introduced to the writing and philosophy of Sandor Katz has educated me on the value of beneficial as well as benign bacteria in our antiseptic antibacterial obsessed society. We now make our own sauerkraut, kimchi, cortido, horseradish, brined peppers, cucumbers and more. Our cultural arts program has expanded into the care and feeding of kefir grains, kombucha scobys, and mothers of red wine and apple cider vinegars. Get this book and also read his other book "The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved."
"A great resourse"
I really enjoyed this book and the accompanying DVD. Lots of very practical and easy to follow directions. Very encouraging! I've already made several items from it.
"Book: "Wild Fermentation""
WOW, what a great book. Abundant in knowledge. I couldn't wait to make the fermented cabbage. It is great. Like nothing ever! I'm so thankful.
"First time using Caldwell Starter"
At first , it seemed pricey but I had used Body Ecology starter before, and this seemed a little easier and I did not really worry about everything being sterilized in boiling water. I did puree some of my cabbage and threw in some radishes with the cabbage in a smaller container. I thought that the finished product would be salty, but it was really tasty. I even got my wife to try some and she liked it! That says a lot right there. It is disappearing rather quickly, so I am getting ready to made another batch or two.
I've been using this product for quite a while now to make pickles (my favorite fermented food). Caldwell Starter Culture works perfectly every time and the pickles taste great and are never moldy.
"Expensive, but worth it for sweet vegetables!"
I was so tired of getting mold and/or off-flavors when culturing sweet veggies like carrots and beets...and then I discovered this starter. I don't use it for cabbage- or radish-based ferments, but really love that I can now make fermented ginger beets with perfectly delightful flavor and texture. :)