Have you been interested in fermenting your own vegetables but just don’t know where to start? Or maybe you are intimidated by the whole process and afraid of exploding mason jars and poisoning your family like I was.
Well, it was after seeing an ad for Nourished Essentials cross my Facebook newsfeed that I finally got the courage to give it a try.
On a side note, I just have to say, as annoying as ads are sometimes, I have become grateful that the technology, data, and algorithms of today serve up the best ads at the best time for me and it saves me from spending hours searching on the internet for what I am looking for. Unsettling, I know, that Facebook and Google know so much about us even to the point it feels like they are reading our minds, but it really is doing us a service. No one forces us to buy what the ad is selling, we still have that choice, but it is really nice when you stumble upon solutions that you are looking for.
So thank you Facebook, the Nourished Essentials ad led me on a most pleasant and satisfying path to conquer my fear of fermenting.
Nourished Essentials offers a line of Easy Fermenting Products that have solved all the problems I feared. They also offer recipes, tips, and courses about fermenting.
I bought their Easy Fermenter- 3 Pack + Pump and their Easy Weights to hold the vegetables below the brine during fermenting.
You can see their whole line of fermenting products by clicking the link below if you are interested in learning more.
Nourished Essentials Fermenting Products (affiliate link)
The Easy Fermenter Lid was the key for me because as I stated above, I was afraid of exploding mason jars and knowing when and how to “burp” my ferments. These lids solve that problem because they automatically let out excess gas while keeping the jars sealed tight while not letting any oxygen in. The pump inserts into the middle of the lid to extract extra oxygen in the container.
The lid also has a dial where you keep track of how many days the jar has been fermenting. When I did my first ferments, I had to go out of town so I gave my husband instructions to move the dial forward one notch every day and on which day to move them to the refrigerator. I was a bit worried he would forget but I set them out by the kitchen sink and when I came home the jars were in the refrigerator. Success! Easy enough for even husbands to follow up on.
Here is a picture of my first three ferments.
I have included the recipes I used for these ferments below. They all turned out great and my husband loved them.
How to Make Easy Lacto Fermented Dill Pickles with Fresh Cucumbers
This is a basic recipe for fermenting pickles with some good tips that you can apply to all your future fermenting endeavors.
The Health Benefits of Fermenting Your Own Vegetables
- produces healthy probiotic bacteria that will help improve your gut health
- can reduce heart disease risk
- can help lower blood pressure
- can aid in digestion
- can boost your immunity
- can help with weight loss
Well, I hope this post motivates you to start fermenting your own vegetables and alleviates any fears or hesitations that have been preventing you from getting started.
I highly recommend the Nourished Essentials Fermenting Products but you can find similar lids on Amazon as well. I’ll provide some links to pictures and links at the bottom of this post. Please note: I am an affiliate of Amazon and I have recently become an Affiliate of Nourished Essentials as well.
I’d love to hear your experience or any tips you’d like to share in the comments.
Wishing you JOY in your journey,
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