I first became interested in fermenting jars of food when I was researching my son’s food allergies and ran across how to ferment food for the benefits of the  probiotics. I found recipes for fermenting vegetables, fermenting fruit and using milk kefir and water kefir to ferment food. I started fermenting food in mason jars, since that was what I could get my hands on, joined fermenting groups to get an idea of how others were fermenting vegetables and to find recipes for fermented food. I also acquired some milk kefir grains and water kefir grains to make probiotic beverages, cheeses and baked goods.  Here are some great books on fermenting foods and links to find milk and water kefir grains.

Cultured Food for Life
Cultured Food for Life
Nourishing Traditions
Nourishing Traditions
Wild Fermentation
Wild Fermentation
The Art of Fermentation
The Art of Fermentation
Kefir Grains
Living Probiotic
Milk Kefir Grains

Fermented Foods
vol. 2: Milk Kefir
Fermented Foods Vol 2 Milk Kefir
Fermenting vol. 3: Milk Kefir
Fermenting Vol 3 Milk Kefir
How To Make Kefir
How To Make Kefir
Live, Organic Water Kefir Grains
Water Kefir Grains
All You Need to Know about Kefir Water Plus 45 Recipes
Water Kefir

Fermenting vol. 4: Water Kefir
Fermenting Vol 4 Water Kefir
Fermented Foods vol. 3: Water Kefir
Fermeted Foods Vol 3 Water Kefir

When I started fermenting vegetables in mason jars, I had a few trials and a few explosions in the kitchen. I quickly learned that it was far easier to ferment in Fido jars to avoid those nasty kitchen nightmares. I’ve recently run across special kits you can use to transform your mason jars into fermenting jars. I do have plans to try them out in the future since I love trying new things. When reading posts in the fermenting groups, there seems to be a difference of opinion as to which jars are the best to use and often seems to depend on personal preference or availability.  Either way, fermenting food is a growing trend and you can find some great accessories for straining, transforming jars and recipes for fermented food. I’ve posted links to some kits to transform your mason jars and some straining accessories. I also posted a couple of free books on my social sites, so be sure to check those out too!

Perfect Pickler Fermenting Kit
Perfect Pickler Fermenting Kit
FARMcurious Mason Jar
Mold Free Fermenting Kit
FARMcurious Mason Jar Mold Free Fermenting Kit

Kraut Kaps© 3 Pack
Kraut Kaps 3 Pack

12 Pack Kit - mason jar
to fermenting crock
12 Pack Kit Mason Jar Fermenting Crock

Kefir Fermenter
Kefir Fermenter
Kefir Fermenter Set

Sprouting Jar Strainer Lid
Sprouting Jar Strainer

Chef Craft 21551
3-Piece Mesh Strainer Set
Chef Craft Mesh Strainer