Sunday, May 13, 2012

Cultured Mondays - Sauerkraut in the Harsch Crock

It's Cultured Mondays once again!  A lot of talk about fermentation this past week.  I am looking forward to trying my Harsch crock and Pickl-it jars to see if we notice any difference than when we used Mason Jars.  I have also purchased some glass weights for my mason jars to try.  After lots of thinking and more thinking and reading, I have come to the conclusion that I will probably be sticking to the Harsch crock (since we already had one) and a few pickl-it jars.  I'm on the fence about the mason jars with weights.  Since I have some gut issues that need healing and I have a toddler, I would rather not risk giving us molds and yeasts to eat, which seem to be a risk when using the mason jars.

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I'm glad that I am doing Cultured Mondays as it will allow you, my readers, to follow my journey, and will allow me to have a place to record my results.

This past week, I filled my 10L Harsch Crock with 12 pounds of cabbage and a few heads of garlic.  I would normally let the entire thing sit for about 10 weeks, but I plan to harvest this batch a bit early and then get another batch going since we have no sauerkraut to eat right now and we desperately need some.  I see my son's eczema and yeast behind his knees starting to crop up, which seems to go away when he is getting good doses of sauerkraut.

Of course, I forgot to take pictures while I put up this batch, but hope to remember to take some pictures next time.  I also plan to take some time this week to figure out how to use my two pickl-it jars and put up some veggies in them.  Busy fermenting week over here!

How do you all feel about fermenting after reading through some of KerryAnn's posts?

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1 comment:

  1. I am just now beginning my journey with fermented foods. I have made kombucha, kefir, water kefir, and a sourdough starter. I'm ready now to try my hand at vegetables. I have read some of KerryAnn's posts and yours, and my decision at this time is to try a few batches in mason jars, with weights (small chunky glass votive holders that fit perfectly inside a wide-mouth jar).

    I am not sure at this point if my family will even be receptive to the veggies, and we don't have any serious gut issues that I know of, so I don't want to put out the expense for a crock at this time. I'm pretty sure I will like the fermented veggies, and if my husband and granddaughter do, too, then I will think about switching to a Harsch crock or Pikl-it jars.