How can I keep cucumbers or cabbage in the brine when fermenting?
A large sealed food-grade plastic bag containing 4 1/2 tablespoons of salt and 3 quarts of water can be used as a weight to hold cucumbers or cabbage under the surface of brine. A plate and jar of water may also be used. Select a pie or dinner plate just small enough to fit inside the fermentation container. Cover the weight and container top with a heavy, clean bath towel to reduce mold growth on the brine surface. Remember to wash the fermentation container, plate, and jar in hot, sudsy water and rinse them well with very hot water before use.
Barbara Willenberg, Nutritional Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009