Have you decided to make the switch from mason jars to Pickl-It’s and are trying to figure out what to buy and how many? At first I thought I would need lots and lots of jars because of all the fermenting I do but guess what? I don’t. Even with water kefir, milk kefir and at least one ferment running at all times, I’m finding I don’t need huge arsenal of Pickl-It jars. For the fervent fermenter like myself, I can easily get by with 3-5 jars. For the casual fermenter, 1-3 would be fine. How do I do it? Well, I only need Pickl-It jars for the actual fermentation period. After that it can be packed into another jar for storage in the fridge. I do recommend you use a jar that locks down like the Fido jar since mason jars are not air tight (did you see my pic of oxidized carrots?).
Here is what my ferment shelf looks like… a 1.5L jar for my milk kefir, a 1L jar for my water kefir, a 1.5L for Spicy Dilly Beans, 1.5L for Garlicky Cauliflower and a 3/4L for my beet kvass. This is usually the most I will have going at one time. I normally have between 1-3 veggies ferment and I always have milk and water kefir going.
What size to get? A liter is just over a quart in size but the jars are shorter and wider than a mason jar. So while I normally used quart sized mason jars before, I like the size of the 1.5L the best for veggie ferments. Green beans fit standing upright perfectly and a medium to large sized head of cabbage with a bit of onion or carrot fits nicely in one as well. I like having a variety of different sizes so I can pick a jar based on how much I’m putting up.
In addition to my Pickl-It jars, I have started collecting Fido jars too. Pickl-It’s are made from Fido jars so using them together is perfect. Pickl-It’s are for fermenting and Fidos are for storing. That helps keep things more affordable as well. Sur La Table carries Fido for $3-9 a jar and while this is still more expensive that regular old mason jars, they are so much better (and prettier). These Fido jars are excellent for storing ferments since they create a much better seal than a mason jar. Fido jars are certified hermetically sealed, meaning no oxygen will get in to damage my wonderful ferments. In a jar like this, fermented food will last for a long time. So while a mason jar is still much cheaper than a Fido jar, I’ll be throwing out less mushy oxidized ferments and will be able to enjoy them longer.