Hello Mutineers! If you’ve followed us here on the website or on social media sites like Instagram and Facebook, you know that I like to share the things we actually use around Mutiny Ranch. Since our interests are diverse these items range from animal care to gardening implements but also footwear and kitchen gadgets. No matter what the item is though if we recommend it here then we personally own and use it or have researched it enough to have it on our “wishlist”.
Mutiny Ranch Item of the Day (3/23/2021) is the Year of Plenty Fermentation Weights (set of 4). These are a game-changer for the home fermenter and are currently the lowest price I’ve seen in a long while (below sixteen dollars as of this writing).
Fermentation has been used as a food preservation practice for thousands of years. It’s also been shown to be beneficial to the gut and overall health. And, once you get past the fear, you’ll learn how easy it to ferment so many things!
I’ve been fermenting food for a few years now…everything from sourdough (yes, that’s considered a fermentation) to kombucha to amazake. This past winter I tried several different types of cabbage ferments (sauerkraut, kimchi, cortado, tsukemono) and had great success using the Year of Plenty Fermentation Weights. As a matter of fact, I had zero mold issues!
In the past, I’ve used a few different methods to weigh down my ferments with mixed results. Admittedly, I struggled with the idea of buying something so simple and thought I could get away with cheaper options (like ziplock bags full of water) and while I did have some success it was always messy and nerve-racking. Nothing can discourage a new home fermenter like a failed first fermentation. So, when a friend left me a few weights to try I was game.
Well, now I’m completely sold on them. I consume some sort of fermented food or drink daily (and no, I’m not just talking beer or wine…haha). The most economical way to do this is to make your own. I highly recommend the book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon for both its information as well as the recipes. You might be able to find a used copy of Nourishing Traditions here or head over to Amazon and buy a copy here. Another staple for the fermenter’s library is Fermented Vegetables by Kirsten Shockey and Christopher Shockey. And advanced/adventurous fermenters might like to check out Sandor Katz on Facebook, Instagram, and through his various books…he ferments wild foraged foods on a regular basis.
Whether you’re new to fermenting or have been doing it for years it’s a good day to grab a 4-pack of Year of Plenty Fermentation Weights. I’ve tried a couple of other brands and found they aren’t as easy to grip and remove from the jars. Drop me a comment below and tell me what you ferment!
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