I am impressed with the Pickle, Sauerkraut, & KimChi makers because of their extremely low maintenance (no surficial mold cleaning) combined with a high quality end product. The size is absolutely perfect for experimenting.
I have tried most of the recommended sauerkraut and KimChi equipment and methods.... This system offers the best results, the greatest ease for experimenting with new recipes and the best results for proven recipes. Plus, the unit is compact and very well priced. I just purchased 3 more so I can dedicate a shelf to my fermentation experiments. I am constantly trying new recipes with fresh seasonal ingredients. It is just fun to find new interesting ways to interact with healthy food.
I'd recommend buying one and just trying it out. You will be surprised at the quality and ease of use. Mike is also exceptionally helpful in fielding any questions you might have. You will probably be back to buy a few more- They are well worth the price!
- Brad Kintzer, Oakland, CA
More Reviews and Testimonials for the Pickle & Sauerkraut Maker:
I just wanted to drop a line to let you know that I am so happy that I bought the sauerkraut maker. My first batch was done a couple of days ago and the end product was so delicious! I don't think I would have even attempted to do sauerkraut if it wasn't for your device and now I'm eager to try new recipes.
I am very pleased to report that my last batch of sauerkraut was amazing! It's exactly what I've been craving.
It only took four days to ferment. I couldn't believe how many heads of cabbage it took to make a gallon of kraut. many!
It wasn't a very creative recipe, just purple and green cabbage and some carrots I had on hand. I first I thought, oh, great, a year's worth of kraut but I'm really digging through it.
My new favorite lunch is simply a romaine leaf with avocado and kraut wrapped up like a burrito, it's delicious. I got up from my meal and packed it with more kraut.
Troubleshooting for y'all; make sure you really pack down the cabbage like the directions say to do. If there are too many air bubbles, it can lead to contamination. Remember! If it's not delicious, it's not good! trust your tastebuds.
So, thumbs-up on this product, especially if you're like me and apparently not enough German in my heritage to have a genetic flair for making kraut!
~ Stina; Portland, OR
My girlfriend and I love our kraut. I've been making it for two years or so now. We eat it almost with every meal. I'm using miso paste to speed up the fermantation. My kraut took 3 days to stop bubbling in my house, just recently. I also made pickles, I pulled the pickles out of the gallon jar yesterday and put them into two separate 1/2 gallon jugs. Now that they are cold... they are super crunchy! So for your reference, I had them ferment at like 72 to 74 degrees F for 5 days with miso and then I placed them in the fridge. Thanks for your help.
~ Ryan Nguyen; Milwaukee, WI
I received the sauerkraut maker about a week ago and have completed my first batch of kraut. It is the best kraut i have tasted. I imagine the freshness has much to do with it.
I added fresh green cabbage, russian kale, thyme, basil, rosemary, marjoram, sage, cayenne, turmeric, garlic, Vita- Mineral green, Celtic Sea salt, and pure water.
It is amazing.
The prep is easy, the device is simple.
The directions were clear. The pictures were helpful. Could not ask for anything more. Best raw tool i have came upon in awhile. Must buy for those seeking the benefits of fermented foods."
- Brian Miller
On a friend's advice, I purchased a Sauerkraut and kimchi maker here and it is just fabulous (and cheap too!)
I made the sauerkraut with red and green cabbage, salt (roughly 3 tbs per 5lbs of cabbage I think) and the probiotic starter to quicken the fermentation process. It turned out the prettiest color!
At first, the sauerkraut would give me an upset stomach but then I learned that it sometimes does that, esp when you're not used to it. You sort of have to work up your tolerance, 1 tablespoon a day for a week or so.
Now I eat lots pretty much every day and just LOVE it! I store it in the fridge and it keeps on getting better and better. So yum!
In fact, I'm close to running out so I've gotta make some more in the coming days...
Our family loves sauerkraut and your kraut maker is our best kitchen tool. Home made kraut is SOOOOO much better than any store bought we have ever tasted!
- Bettie Need, a happy customer! - Baker, WV
Hey Mike - Lucy here.
I bought one of your jars a while back (actually back in August) and the first time I made it I had e-mailed you and said that it didn't turn out well. It was mushy and hot-flavored. You suggested a probiotic and if I had followed the directions.
I did buy the probiotics - added it to this next batch and let me tell you - it is THE best sauerkraut I have ever eaten. And I am a HUGE 'kraut fan!
Thank you so much! I am so excited. In fact, I'm sitting here eating a bowl of it now. It is so good and crunchy and tasty. It tastes so fresh! Thank you!
With Thanksgiving coming up and me being the only raw foodist in my family - won't they be surprised that I made this myself?
Way to go dude!!! You made my day! THANK YOU!!!
~ Lucy Brandt
I was excited to see the jar arrived on Saturday - quick delivery! I really appreciate all of the help. I will definitely recommend your website to everyone I know, it's been a great experience."
- Christina Kohler
Comment by Sauerkraut connoisseur Andy:
I attended the Hippocrates Health Institutes live natural Sauerkraut making contest and yours would have won easily. It's the best I've ever tasted.
I made my first batch of sauerkraut with your jars. I used the Miso as you recommended and it turned out amazing! It is the best sauerkraut I have tasted. Thank you!"
- Emery Wayman
I love these jars. Do you have pamphlets? I have several people asking about them.
The KIMCHEE turned out delicious.
Here is my latest I did today. I made pickled asparagus with spring water with celtic salt, garlic and fresh dill. Looks yummy."
I have been enjoying the Pickle and Sauerkraut Maker very much, and have never made a bad batch yet. But I eat it too fast! I would like to order two more units.
We just sampled our first successful batch of sour kraut with your jar. It was terrific! Best I've ever tasted. I want to try out some seasonings like the woman in your testimonial page.
- Dennis Kenny, Minnesota
Let me start by saying that your sauerkraut maker is amazing! Both my husband and children enjoy the whole process of making and eating... It makes me happy because I know that they are getting something so healthy and tasty.
~ Zorana Stanojkovic, Alameda, CA
"I can really recommend this product as something that is essential to the making of kimchi or sauerkraut. I have made my first batch and can only say that I am a very satisfied customer of The Raw Diet Shop."
- Johan Peters
"Great product, support, service and shipping. A great guy, you wont be disappointed."
- Michael Preston
The fermenters gave me two gallons of capacity for about $50. Compare that to my Harsch crock that gave me 4 gallons of capacity for about $200 and you can quickly see the value.
These new units also prevent the formation of yeast with an air-lock. I wish that they had granite circles for the top of the veggies rather than an up-turned plastic lid, and I also wish they had gone with a glass air-lock, as I have a plastic phobia, however my kimchi and my mixed pickled vegetables all turned out fantastic. I had the granit circles turned for me by a local counter-top company for about $10, and I have glass air-locks on the way for future batches.
All in all, this unit is well designed and will keep your plate full of tangy healthy raw food, that goes a step beyond dehydrator fair designed to mimic real food.
~ Mark Stone, Phoenix, AZ
"The kimchi came out great, Mike. The directions were dead on -- it did indeed stop fermenting in a little under 5 days. I love this thing. And thanks for the info about the probiotics, which I intend pursue.
~ Larry, Los Angeles, CA