Boss Pickler Fermenting Review & *Giveaway*
Today I’m doing a review and a Giveaway of the Boss Pickler from Primal Kitchen. Rochelle sent me a Boss Pickler 1.5L jar and a Crock Rock weight to review. I have already successfully fermented with it 3 times and just last week I made a Basic Kimchi. Now, it’s the first container I grab when making a new ferment, and I love its classic lines and ease of use and cleaning!
Personally, I’ve had only a 75-80% success rate with mason jars and lids no matter how careful I am, so when I saw this was based on the Fido jar (and especially that it was an Italian-made Bormioli Rocco Fido!), I was pumped to try it.
It’s a waterless airlock based something on the principle of a baby bottle nipple. It allows the fermenting product to burp out natural carbon dioxide gasses, immediately closes back up, not letting mold and bacteria-containing oxygenated air back into the container to spoil the batch.
Since one of the 5 elements to ferment foods is an oxygen-free environment, this is very important. Oxygen is the enemy of LABs. LABs (the ‘good’ lactic acid-producing bacteria) prefer an anaerobic (oxygen-less) environment, and our goal is to keep those little guys happy, right?
There are other features to like about this jar.
As the valve and gasket are silicone, so there is no worry about plastic or chemicals leaching into your acidic ferment.
Also, I’m pretty sure this container could never blow up because of the ability to vent when needed. This was one little nagging concern I had with a tightly sealed Ball or Mason jar
There is no need for a water lock as in some containers which needs to be removed before refrigeration and then washed and stored. This whole container is low-profile and can tuck into a dark cabinet and then the fridge when its done fermenting with ease. (If you live in a very warm or cold climate, fermenting in a dark cooler with either warm packs or ice packs is helpful. Even a big 5L jar is squatty enough to fit into a cooler.)
Lastly, a comment about the weights. They are artisan crafted out of lead-free glass. (I’ve never used weights except a few smooth granite rocks – and even though many through history have used clean rocks to keep things under the liquid- I became uncomfortable with this practice when someone told me they might have something in them that could leach). The Crock Rock that comes with each jar is sized to fit perfectly in a Fido and is heavy enough to keep things down.
This giveaway is a bit different since YOU get to choose the size Boss Pickler YOU will really use. Choose from the 1L, 1.5L, 2L, 3L and 4L. Everyone’s needs are different. For someone who grows their own cabbage and already makes large batches like many of our great-grandmothers did, you might chose the 4L. jar. For someone just starting to ferment or making for 1 or 2 people, you might want the 1L jar. I prefer several 2L jars.
Make sure you indicate your choice in your comment or you will not be able to win!
To enter, use the Rafflecopter form below. It is easy!!! This Giveaway ends Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at MN, and the Winner will be announced right here on the Rafflecopter widget!
This is the description of the jar from the Primal Kitchen Store:
This Italian-made Bormioli Rocco Fido Hermetic glass jar is designed to be used for fermentation. It has a platinum silicone dome valve and matching silicone gasket. The valve functions by allowing internal pressure to expand the valve to release carbon dioxide; when pressure equalizes, the valve seals shut keeping oxygen out. The spherical shape of the valve will compress and seal even better if external air pressure increases due to weather change or sudden draft. This design simplifies the process by eliminating the extra parts, hassle, and awkwardness of water filled airlocks. It also allows your ferment vessel to be transferred directly to cold storage without any extra steps, and off-gassing can still take place in the fridge. The silicone valve may be safely removed for cleaning and easily reinserted. Fermenting your foods has multiple health and flavor benefits including making vitamins and minerals more available to your body and providing a powerful punch of probiotics and enzymes. It’s a great way to preserve food while still keeping it raw and full of nutrients. Lactobacillus, the bacteria that produce your sour flavor, only thrive in an oxygen-free environment, while most molds and yeasts require oxygen to thrive. This jar provides the correct Lacto-fermenting environment for maximum growth of good bacteria while minimizing undesirable bacteria growth.
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