Preparing To Ferment

How Should I Clean My Tools & Space Before I Ferment? 

How do you clean your tools? What kind of sterilization practices should you follow? These questions are often given too much thought. Just keep a clean workspace and wash your hands and tools with soap and water, as you would before preparing any other type of dish.

Learn how Sandor Katz, the world’s leading fermentation revivalist and renowned author, preps before his ferments in a video explanation.

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The Golden Rule of Fermenting Vegetables 

We won’t just give it away! Continue reading to learn the one thing you must always do when lacto-fermenting, according to Sandor Katz, the world’s leading fermentation revivalist and renowned author

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What Vegetables Make for a Good Ferment? 

If you wouldn’t eat it raw, you shouldn’t ferment it. Fermentation isn’t a way of salvaging expired food; you should use fresh and healthy vegetables, herbs and fruits.

Learn more about how to select the right vegetables to ferment, including a video explanation from Sandor Katz, the world’s leading fermentation revivalist and renowned author.  

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What Herbs Should I Add to My Ferment?

As with cooking, selecting flavors for your ferment is largely up to you! Never add something to a ferment just for the sake of following a recipe. 

Learn more about what types of herbs are popular to ferment with and whether or not they have to be fresh. Includes a video explanation from Sandor Katz, the world’s leading fermentation revivalist and renowned author.  

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Do I Need to Use a Starter Culture When Fermenting Vegetables?

Did you find a recipe that says to add a starter culture or whey to your ferment? Unless you're trying to ferment vegetables without any salt, you don't need any type of starter culture.

Learn why it's not recommended to add any type of starter to lacto-ferments in a video explanation with Sandor Katz, the world’s leading fermentation revivalist and renowned author.  

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How Do I Choose My Mason Jar? 

Mason jars come in a number of different shapes and sizes, but the one thing they have in common is mouth size: wide or regular. Although the sizing is simple, the incredible number of options can make selecting the right one complicated.

In this article we outline 4 different Mason jar styles and what we recommend using them for so you know exactly which jars to buy! 

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What Are Mason Jar Mouth Sizes? 

If you're confused about Mason jar sizes, know that you're not alone! Our top product-related question is always about Mason jar mouth sizes. To make shopping a little easier, we've put together this handy guide to determine what size mouth your Mason jars have with links to their corresponding Masontops products.

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