I wasn’t aware until recently that the use of a Pickl-It instead of a mason jar is controversial. I have to admit that I was surprised because the backlash against the Pickl-it seems to be based mostly on the cost of the equipment and not on the science behind why it is needed or how fermention and gut healing works. So let’s look at all three issues. Today we’re go over the health effects of lactic acid bacteria and in a future post we’ll go over more details on how to produce them.
The problem with this comparison is that, although many in the fermentation world are making it, it isn’t accurate. The Pickl-It is not rivaled against the mason jar. It is rivaled against the Harsch crock. Both the Pickl-It and the Harsch are anaerobic. The other methods, such as an open crock or a mason jar, produce a different type of product with a different bacterial profile. So all of the buzz about the difference between the Pickl-It and the mason jar isn’t exactly an apples-to-apples comparison. We’ll go into great detail on these differences throughout the series.
First, I want to state up front that I have no financial ties to Pickl-It or their producers and I receive no incentive, no kick-back or other perk for my endorsement of their products. I endorse them because they work. I own both the Pickl-It and a Harsch Crock.
I believe this discussion is more critical for those who have gut issues, mold allergies or are trying to heal a health problem, but it’s still very important in the long-run for all fermenters to know the differences and the benefits and drawbacks to every available method. If you’re obviously healthy and have no need of gut healing, then there are likely pieces of kitchen equipment that need to take a higher priority on your spending list and you can put the Pickl-It on your list for after things like a crock-pot. However, if you are trying to heal your gut or having health problems, I consider a Pickl-It to be one of the first things for which you save. We’ll discuss that more later.
Since the most of the outcry against the Pickl-It seems to be about the cost, we’ll start there. [Read more…] about Controversy: Pickl-It vs Mason Jars