|The ceramic prevents saturation|
This gift was an attempt to connect with my wife over cabbage. The way I see it, a marriage built on cabbage is a marriage built on solid rock. It's an old wives tale that I am making up right now. She's the only person I know to eat raw cabbage by the wedge. Crazy, I know. Nonetheless, I thought this gift could help me see the light by way of sauerkraut. I don't go crazy over the stuff, but I do occasionally enjoy it.
The gift itself is a 4 gallon ceramic pot with 4 lbs. stone weights. You put your mash in the pot, press it down with the stone and ensure it's all submerged in water.
|The stone weights are placed on the mash|
The benefits around consuming fermented foods are well documented (here, here, and here). Improved digestion, increased vitamins, and an increased shelf life of fresh, raw food are all great reasons to include fermentation in our quest for healthier living. It is becoming apparent to me that any family plan to maintain diverse, interesting, and healthy eating behavior should include some degree of fermented food.
|The water reservoir that creates the seal|