I don’t put much stock in the necessity of gadgets or special equipment for fermentation. It’s an age-old practice, after all, done by all sorts of cultures in all sorts of circumstances. That said, I am in favor of making things doable where you are and with what you have. Sometimes that means using the jars and vegetables you have right now. Sometimes that means being grateful for tools that allow you to nourish yourself and your family.
I recently came across such a tool at the thrift store. After wandering through the book and glassware sections, a tool I’ve been thinking of purchasing for vegetable fermentation appeared in my peripheral vision. It was $2.99 and I snagged it up.
A couple of days later and I’ve already used it for a batch of kraut amongst other things. I can’t believe how efficient this non-electric tool is at preparing vegetables for fermentation.