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Fermenting with a Hip Girl

We are excited to be collaborating with Kate Payne, from The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking. She has some pretty cool ideas in her book and on her blog including, how to host a food swap and a number of cool recipes like red onion apple jelly and pickled brussels sprouts.

Today, she is talking about fermenting. If you haven’t already explored fermenting, you should. It’s an easy way to preserve food. Fermented and cultured foods are rich in probiotics, enzymes, vitamins and minerals enhancing the nutritional benefits of whatever it is you are fermenting. Read more about the nutritional benefits here.

Widemouth Gallon Jars & LidWe sent Kate our one gallon (128 oz) widemouth jar, available in both CT  and Lug. (Wondering what the difference is between the two… read this.) Check out what she fermented and enter yourself to win a case of one gallon widemouth jars & lids for your own fermenting project.

If you need some help getting started with fermenting, here’s some tips from the National Center for Home Food Preservation and from Phickle, a blog about fermentation. We also dug up a few recipes to inspire your fermenting efforts:


  • Fermented Vegetable Medley from Paleo Diet Life
  • Fermented Cherry Tomatoes that Pop from Cultured Food Life.  (Our wire bail jars would work well for this.)
  • Lacto-fermented Cherry Salsa from Northwest Edible Life.

    Gallon & Half Gallon jars

    Quick Pickles in Gallon and Half Gallon Jars


  • Pickled Beets from Well Preserved. (The half-gallon jars are a good idea for these, as they are just as wide as the gallon jars, but shorter…which is great if you are making a small batch or if storage height is an issue.)
  • Pickled Cherries from Well Preserved. (Try using our Cherry Pitter for this recipe and this quart jar.)

Krauts & Slaws:



For more ideas take a look at our Fermenting Board on Pinterest. Fermenting Pinterest Board

What’s your favorite fermenting recipe?

Don’t forget to check out our gallon jar giveaway on A Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking.



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  1. Amanda Posted August 5, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for linking to my blog! Fermentation for all!