Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Love Fermenting? My Review of The Kraut Kap!

I was introduced to The Primal Kitchen Company by my sweet sister in law and fell in love with their products.
They have high quality accessories and fermenting products that make it sooo easy to start making things like pickles, beet kvass, and sauerkraut.
I have only scratched the surface with the benefits of fermented foods, but I honestly feel like including these types of foods in my diet has helped my health tremendously.
There are so many options out there: fermented guacamole, pickles, fermented veges.

I love Wellness Mama's explanation of the benefits of including fermented foods in your diet...

Fermented foods are foods that have been through a process of lactofermentation in which natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food creating lactic acid. This process preserves the food, and creates beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and various strains of probiotics.
Natural fermentation of foods has also been shown to preserve nutrients in food and break the food down to a more digestible form. This, along with the bevy of probiotics created during the fermentation process, could explain the link between consumption of fermented foods and improved digestion.
Cultures around the world have been eating fermented foods for years, from Sauerkraut in Germany to Kimichi in Korea and everywhere in between. Studies have even shown the link between probiotic rich foods and overall health (PDF).Sadly, with the advances in technology and food preparation, these time-honored traditional foods have been largely lost in our society.
Making fermented foods in your home is not only budget- friendly, but the health benefits are amazing! You will have improved digestion and absorb so many more nutrients. When you have the proper balance of gut bacteria and enough digestive enzymes helps you absorb more of the nutrients in the foods you eat, you will absorb many more nutrients from the foods you eat. 
I could write pages and pages about the benefits...
You can imagine my excitement when I was asked to review the Kraut Kap...a neat little invention that gave me crisp pickles in 2 weeks!
Kraut Kap
At $9.99 it is a minimal investment that has so many options!!
Here is a little more about it...
  • Cost Effective Fermentation Lid Produces Quality Consistent Results
  • Food Safe BPA Free Lid and Platinum Silicone Grommet
  • Easy to Disassemble and Clean
  • Fits Any Wide Mouth Canning Jar
  • No Formaldehyde Containing Tattler Parts

Kraut Kaps pickling lid, produce excellent, consistent and economical results for the do-it yourself fermenter. They are now available with a custom platinum silicone grommet! These lacto-fermenting lids are constructed of 100% food safe components. The plastic is the most inert BPA free available and comes with a custom silicone seal. The durable platinum silicone grommet and airlock are easy to disassemble and clean. The airlock is plastic. No Tattler or other parts containing POM are used. The plastic lids are thick and not at risk of warpage, as pressure is easily vented through the airlock. This listing is for one Kraut Kap assembly. Glass jar not included. Not dishwasher, freezer or microwave safe.

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 bad microorganisms require oxygen to survive. This lid provides the correct Lacto-fermenting environment for maximum growth of good bacteria while minimizing undesirable bacterial growth.
The Kraut Kap was incredibly easy to use!
I loved that I didn't have to prep for a larger batch of pickles.
It seriously took me 15 minutes!
The packaging was beautiful...perfect for gift giving!

 To start the fermenting process, I used a glass weight {crock rock}, grape leaves, kraut kap, and pickling salts.

I followed the directions on Primal Kitchen's blog for pickles.
It was so easy! If you would like the recipe, just click on the above link.

 First, I chopped up a few slices of fresh cucumber.

 I placed a grape leaf at the bottom of a clean quart jar. The tannins in the grape leaf help preserve and keep the pickles crisp.

I then packed the jar tightly with the cucumber slices, making sure to layer them.

I then poured in my salt brine, spices, garlic, and dill.

I topped the jar off with another grape leaf and inserted the crock rock.
The trick is to make sure that the water is completely covering the pickles....nothing exposed to the air.

Then, I twisted the cap on tightly and waited...

I placed the jar in a dark, cool place for about two weeks and presto I had delicious and crisp pickles!

 My next fermentation experiment will be sauerkraut which I love!
So fun!

If you are interested in including more fermented foods in your diet for health, you can visit Primal Kitchen!
To visit their blog, click HERE.
To visit their store, click HERE.
They have a wonderful recipe page HERE.
 Primal Kitchen Company has a side array of wonderful products for fermenting from pickling jars, weights, their patented Kraut Kap, glass air locks, and other accessories.

They have graciously offered Blissfully Content readers 10% off through November 8th!

Just enter the coupon code 2222 at check out!

I am so excited for you to try their products....truly they are of high quality and superb standards.
They also make it easy to include healthy, fermented foods into your diet.

Thank you to The Primal Kitchen Company for allowing me to use their products...I am definitely hooked!



Kaitlin@Homemaker Design said...

Wow! This looks really interesting - especially that part about only taking 15 minutes and not needing to make a large batch. I'm going to have to look into this more - because I too love some good ol' sauerkraut!! :D

Unknown said...

Julia, I love visiting your blog b/c I'm constantly learning new things! We love pickles and sauerkraut in this family! Most be our combined German and Polish heritages! I grew up on kielbasa served on a bed of sauerkraut! Yum!!!

Anonymous said...

Interesting...I'd never heard of using grape leaves for crisp pickles!

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