Giveaway: Fermentools Starter Kits

November 18, 2014

fermentools set-up (1)

Whether you are a dedicated fermenter, or it’s something you’ve just been considering doing, you’re going to like this week’s giveaway. It comes to us from Fermentools, a company that make a fermenting set-up that is designed to make it nearly foolproof to make all manner of brined pickles and preserves.

fermentools gear

Their basic kit consists of a pre-drilled lid, rubber gasket, glass weight (that fits perfectly into a wide mouth mason), air lock, and two stoppers for the jar (one has a hole for the air lock and the other is solid).

Fermentools also sells a starter kit that includes all the gear in the basic kit, along with a bag of very finely milled Himalayan salt that dissolves like a dream.

fermentools salt

Now, you might wonder why you need a kit like this to ferment. Truly, you can happily make a batch of brined pickles or sauerkraut without anything more than a jar, salt, and vegetables. But if you struggle with fermenting (and I’ve heard from you guys and I know that it’s a challenge for some), using a kit that includes an air lock can help you better control the environment and ensure that it turns out well.

fermentools lid

Thanks to Matt at Fermentools, I have three of their starter kits to give away this week. Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post. Tell me about your favorite ferment. Are you all about the half sour? Or do you have a crock of sauerkraut going as we speak? It doesn’t have to be something you’ve made either, just something you like.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Saturday, November 22, 2014. The winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog by Sunday, November 23, 2014.
  3. Giveaway is open to US residents only (so sorry, further-flung readers).
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left on the blog, I cannot accept submissions via email.

Disclosure: Fermentools is providing the kits for this giveaway. They also provided a set for photography and testing purposes. What’s more, Fermentools is a Food in Jars sponsor, but they did not provide any additional compensation beyond their sponsorship purchase. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely mine. 


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440 thoughts on "Giveaway: Fermentools Starter Kits"

  • I am really getting into fermentation and trying all sorts of veggies using my spiral slicer. Also, the fresh apple cider available now is being transformed into vinegar.

  • I have not tried FERMENTING but really want too! I got 3 cabbages in my root cellar so I want to try it with their kit! I have done a lot of reading on how & after your post about this company, and then checking out their web site, this is WHAT I need! Seems the easiest & cheapest way to get started & give fermenting a try!

  • Wow! Just saw these elsewhere and was saying that they looked wonderful. And something that I NEED!! Yes, really. Need, because it seems that the time of year I would most likely ferment anything it is always very damp here. Makes me concerned about the safety of whatever is being fermented. This method would take away that issue.

    Sauerkraut is probably my favorite fermented food. We use a lot of it, most often cooked in a crockpot with some sort of sausage, some apple, onion, caraway. Yeah, we are in a rut!

    But, we want to try fermenting some cukes into pickles. Yum. This way would take away all sorts of anxiety. Hurray!

  • There is a fermented carrot and ginger slaw I buy that I love. I haven’t tried fermenting yet, just started canning this summer, and am intrigued to try it.

  • I would love to try making sauerkraut someday. My father-in-law had a crock of it going one time when we visited, and it was absolutely wonderful. A single jar of kraut would be just right for me (no one else in my house will touch it !!)

  • Kimchi! Specifically a green onion kimchi that makes my mouth glad.

    I mean, I also like kraut, but I feel like I don’t have the right container to ferment a large quantity (and a cabbage finely shredded seems like a large quantity).

    But really, it’s about the kimchi. As a vegetarian, it’s how I make sure I get a mix free of shrimp paste.

  • Sauerkraut is my favorite and I have not been successful making it at home. I suspect that once I get it right, it’ll be amazing like home grown tomatoes.

  • Got a 5L Jair of sauerkraut going right now. I’ve also enjoyed fermenting peppers and making my own hot sauce. Seriously considering purchasing a second fridge just so I can reclaim space in the kitchen fridge.

  • what a cool little kit, sure would make small batch ferments nice and easy. our favorite fermented food would have to be brined peaches. they are so amazing.

  • Haven’t made any myself yet, but I’ve become a big fan of sour beers (Goses, Berliner Weisses, etc.) – introducing Brett to a brew gives it a refreshingly tart kick!

  • I’ve made pickles zillions of times. My attempts at apple cider vinegar and kombucha failed, but I will keep trying. One of these days I want to attempt sauerkraut.

  • Pickles and kimchi are my favorite things to ferment. I haven’t really tried anything else (unfortunately), but I would love to try sauerkraut, but nobody in my family has really ate it before — so we don’t know how it’s supposed to taste like. :/

  • I have not tried fermenting yet but would love to give it a go.Need help with the tools.Thanks I would Love to win.

  • I Did make pickles this year.First time canning anything.That is not quiet fermenting I know but I so want the chance to learn.