Build a Quick, Affordable Fermentation Vessel for Under $15!

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I admit that I’m coveting one of those gorgeous ceramic fermentation crocks, either a classic old-school model from Germany or a pretty handmade version from a local potter. But we’re talking a major investment here, somewhere around $175-$200. It’s a lifetime investment purchase, I know, but I just don’t have that kind of cash. So I was thrilled when I discovered that Erica of Northwest Edible came with an alternative plan that comes in at around $10.

You may remember that we featured Erica’s great tip on how to determine the ripeness of an avocado. She’s done it again with this handy guide on how to create a fermentation vessel out of a mason jar and a few items purchased at a craft brew store (or online).

The most expensive thing in her setup is the reCAP Mason Jar Cap for $6.99 (which also has many other uses) as well as an airlock and bung for about $3.00. Fit these together on the top of a mason jar crammed with shredded cabbage and salt and soon you will have your very own homemade sauerkraut!