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Ferment just about anything with this easy-to-use fermentation set by FARMcurious. Keep the good bacteria in and the mold out. Read more

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Ferment just about anything with this easy-to-use fermentation set by FARMcurious. Keep the good bacteria in and the mold out.

Oakland, CA Food
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Fermentation is good for you!!

Did you know that lacto-fermented food can be MORE nutritious that regular food?  The process of fermentation not only preserves some nutrients but it also makes others available to you that wouldn't otherwise be.

  • Lacto-fermentation converts raw produce into healthier, much more easily digested, live-cultured foods.
  • Fermentation is one of the original ways food was preserved for later use, allowing people to store food outside of refrigeration.
  • Emerging studies suggest increasing your intake of fermented foods can help improve digestion, tune up your immune system and make you healthier overall. Some studies link the lack of good gut bacteria with everything from obesity to autism.

So why isn't everyone doing it?

There are several factors that keep most people from experimenting with lacto-fermented food:

  • Space limitations 
  • Expense of fancy fermentation setups
  • Fear of yucky yeast and mold growing on top
  • Lack of knowledge on how to do it
  • Unwillingness to have something 'smelly' in the house
  • Not sure whether we like to eat fermented things or how to use them

The FARMcurious Fermenting Set with ReCAP solves all of those problems

FARMcurious Fermenting Sets in Action
FARMcurious Fermenting Sets in Action

The lid fits onto any wide Mouth mason jar allowing you to make various sizes of ferments. The airlock systems allows carbon dioxide produced during fermentation to escape but it doesn’t let air from the environment in. This reduces the likelihood of mold, which is the number one turnoff for most people just beginning their fermentation journey. The cap also reduces that funky fermenting scent.

The FARMcurious Fermenting Set will help you:

  • Ferment batches in standard wide-mouth Mason jars without risking explosion
  • Minimize the risk of growing nasty yeast and mold in your fermented food
  • Ferment smaller batches with more variety, allowing for more experimentation
  • Avoid having to commit a large storage space to single-use bulky fermentation crocks
  • Experiment more and explore more varieties of fermented yumminess
  • Reduce off-putting funky fermenting smells
Fermentation can be beautiful!
Fermentation can be beautiful!

How to use the FARMcurious Fermenting Set:

Here’s how you use the set: 

1) Cut up any produce you want and add it to any size wide-mouth Mason Jar 

2) Mix 1 cup water with 1 TB salt and stir to dissolve; then pour it over the produce in the jar. Be sure to leave about an inch between the top of the brine and the rim of the jar.

3) Add plain water to the airlock (about halfway). 

4) Assemble the cap with the stopper and airlock and set it on your counter for a few weeks to allow nature to do what it does best!

After three to six weeks (or sometimes even as little as 3-4 days!) you’ll have a delicious, tangy lacto-fermented treat. Sour like a pickle and full of good gut bacteria, which recent studies suggest can help improve digestion, tune up your immune system and make you healthier overall.

Tangy, Fermented Goodness
Tangy, Fermented Goodness

Be sure to read our project updates here!

What will the money be used for?

We've sourced top quality, North American producers for all the components of our versatile fermenting kit. But to bring healthy tabletop fermenting to everyone, we have to make a financial commitment to those producers. We have to show that home fermenters care about healthy, pro-biotic rich food enough to make the Fermentation Kit a reality. And that's where Kickstarter comes in. Your contribution will allow us to pull together all the pieces, at bulk prices that make this a viable product. Please help.

A little bit about FARMcurious:

I started FARMcurious four years ago as a tiny little business run out my garage, which I managed on nights and weekends while I kept my day job. My dream was always to grow it little by little until I could afford to run the business full time.

Almost exactly a year ago I left my full time job and started running FARMcurious full time. Since then, I've quadrupled my online sales, expanded my class offerings ten-fold and I'm now beginning to develop custom FARMcurious-branded products. 

The FARMcurious Fermenting Set with ReCAP will be the first of the product line to launch and I'm so excited to share it with the world.

-Nicole Easterday, Founder of FARMcurious

We hope the FARMcurious Fermenting Set will help introduce you and your family to healthy fermentation today. We’ve added some awesome rewards to help you participate in the urban homesteading movement. 

Thank you for supporting my project. Check out this video to learn more about FARMcurious.

More information on our rewards here:

Add a la carte options. 

Increase your pledge to include a la carte options to your selected reward level - this will allow you to add something like a t-shirt even if the reward package you chose doesn't include one. This option is only valid for people who have chosen the $25 or higher reward.

  • Add $5 to include the "I'd Pickle That" T-Shirt (Add $13 additional for shipping up to 2 add-on t-shirts internationally)
  • Add $10.00 to include a narrow mouth lid with airlock (not otherwise included in any of the reward packages (*Add $10 for shipping up to 5 add-on caps internationally)
  • Add $10.50 each to include additional wide mouth lids with airlocks (*Add $10 for shipping up to 5 add-on caps internationally)
  • Add $10 to include a market tote (*Add $10 for international shipping)
  • Add $12 to include a "Yeah I Pickled That" tea towel (*Add $8 for shipping up to 5 add-on towels internationally
  • Add $20 to include an additional "I FARM" t-shirt (*Add $13 for shipping up to 2 add-on t-shirts internationally)
  • Add $8 to include the bonus electronic recipe collection (same for international)
  • Add $40 to include the virtual fermenting class (same for international)
Women's Cut V-Neck Shown; Men's Cut Crew Neck Also Available
Women's Cut V-Neck Shown; Men's Cut Crew Neck Also Available

Bonus Recipe Booklet includes recipes by:

  • Sean Timberlake of Punk Domestics
  • Erica Strauss of NW Edible Life
  • Kate Payne of Hip Girls Guide to Homemaking
  • and many more!!!
I FARM Oakland T-Shirt
I FARM Oakland T-Shirt
Jute Market Tote Reward
Jute Market Tote Reward
"Yeah I Pickled That" Tea Towel by Hip Girls Guide to Homemaking
"Yeah I Pickled That" Tea Towel by Hip Girls Guide to Homemaking

Risks and challenges

This is the first time I've ever brought a product to market and, as with anything you've never done before, you can frequently come across surprises. I've done a lot of research, sourced all of my providers and seen samples of every single component so I know I've minimized all the risk that I can.

Because I've spent the past year experimenting with prototypes of this gadget and talking to fermenting enthusiasts, I know the recipes are solid and there's a large demand for fermentation aids. I know the fermenting world and people who aren't quite in it yet but are curious will be enthusiastic about this product.

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FAQ

  • YES! We received so many requests that we finally added two options to ship internationally!!

    See the $44, $50, $100, and $125 levels and add $13 for international shipping.

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  • You bet your booty, it is!

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  • The BPA-free ReCAP lid is made in the USA.
    The storage tube will be manufactured in the USA.
    All labels and booklets will be printed in the USA.
    The stopper and airlock are manufactured in Canada.

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  • We'd love to see you add a la carte options!

    Increase your pledge to include a la carte options with your selected reward level - this will allow you to add something like a t-shirt even if the reward package you chose doesn't include one!

    Add $10.00 to include a narrow mouth lid with airlock (not otherwise included in any of the reward packages (*Add $10 for shipping up to 5 add-on caps internationally)
    Add $10.50 each to include additional wide mouth lids with airlocks (*Add $10 for shipping up to 5 add-on caps internationally)
    Add $10 to include a market tote (*Add $10 for international shipping)
    Add $12 to include a "Yeah I Pickled That" tea towel (*Add $8 for shipping up to 5 add-on towels internationally
    Add $20 to include a t-shirt (*Add $13 for shipping up to 2 add-on t-shirts internationally)
    Add $8 to include the bonus electronic recipe collection (same for international)
    Add $40 to include the virtual fermenting class (same for international)

    If you added money beyond the reward level you chose, we'll contact you once the Kickstarter is complete to find out which add-ons you wanted us to include.

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  • Some rewards include a choice such as the color of the cap or a market tote vs a tea towel.

    As soon as the campaign is funded, we'll be sending you a survey to find out which options you prefer.

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  • The lid fits onto any wide mouth mason jar (like Ball, Mason or Kerr).

    If you're outside the US and want to try to match them up with jars you have, they fit the wide mouth U.S. Mason jars which have a 3 inch (76 mm) inner [3 3⁄8 inch (86 mm) outer] diameter regardless of volume of the jar. Many European jars have lug threads instead of the continuous threads of the US Mason jars so be sure the threading on the rim is continuous (uninterrupted). It's my understanding that you can get Ball jars in Europe.

    If you don't already own one of these jars, we do offer an option that includes the jar at the $42 level. You would receive two caps plus two jars.

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    PURE LOVE. In addition to our undying gratitude, you'll receive project updates, a subscription to our e-newsletter and your name will be included in a shout-out on the FARMcurious blog.

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    BONUS RECIPES BY NOTABLE BLOGGERS ONLY: Already knee-deep in fermentation but want to be inspired while you support our cause? We'll send you the digital recipe collection submitted by some of our favorite food writers offering even more ways to use your new fermenting sets. See details on the left.

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    5 backers Limited (245 left of 250)

    SPREADING THE GOOD WORD: FARMcurious Jute Market Tote: A show stopper at the Farmer's Market. We'll send you the beautiful FARMcurious market tote made from sustainable materials - check out the photo on the left.
    (US Shipping Included)

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    WEAR YOUR FARMCURIOUS PRIDE: Limited Edition "I FARM" T-Shirt: In appreciation of your support, you get the official FARMcurious “I FARM” t-shirt, designed and screen printed by Oakland artists (images to the left). We’ve only run a limited quantity making it a true collector’s item! Choose from "I FARM CA", "I FARM OAK" or "I FARM SF". We may do a poll for other locations if there's enough interest.
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    'FERM' CURIOUS - FARMcurious Fermenting Set at its most basic: Get the original set which includes two ReCAP lids (black, zinc or pink), two rubber stoppers, two airlocks, storage tube and instruction booklet with recipe ideas. Choose from black, zinc or pink colors.
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    'FERM' ADVENTUROUS - Fermenting Set with Bonus Recipe Collection: A FARMcurious fermenting set which includes two ReCAP lids (black, zinc or pink), two rubber stoppers, two airlocks, storage tube and instruction booklet with recipe ideas. PLUS: an additional bonus digital recipe collection submitted by some of our favorite food bloggers offering even more ways to use your new fermenting sets. See details on the left.
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    'FERM' ADVENTUROUS LATE HARVEST - Fermenting Set with Bonus Recipe Collection: A FARMcurious Fermenting Set which includes two ReCAP lids (black, zinc or pink), two airlocks with rubber stoppers, storage tube and instruction booklet with recipe ideas. PLUS: an additional bonus digital recipe collection submitted by some of our favorite food writers & fermentation enthusiasts, offering even more ways to use your new fermenting sets. See details on the left. SHIPPED IN AUGUST (US Shipping Included)

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    'FERM' ADVENTUROUS EVEN LATER HARVEST - Fermenting Set with Bonus Recipe Collection: A FARMcurious Fermenting Set which includes two ReCAP lids (black, zinc or pink), two airlocks with rubber stoppers, storage tube and instruction booklet with recipe ideas. PLUS: an additional bonus digital recipe collection submitted by some of our favorite food writers & fermentation enthusiasts, offering even more ways to use your new fermenting sets. See details on the left. SHIPPED IN SEPTEMBER (US Shipping Included)

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    FERMENTING IS A LIFESTYLE - FARMcurious Fermenting Set with Bonus Recipe Collection and "Yeah I Pickled That" Tea Towel: - Get the original set which includes two ReCAP lids (black, zinc or pink), two rubber stoppers, two airlocks, storage tube and instruction booklet with recipe ideas. Choose from black, zinc or pink colors. PLUS you receive author Kate Payne's adorable 'Yeah I fermented that' tea towel. (Shipping Included)

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    FERMENTING IS A LIFESTYLE - FARMcurious Fermenting Set Plus Bonus Recipe Collection and Jute Market Bag: Get the original set which includes two ReCAP lids (black, zinc or pink), two rubber stoppers, two airlocks, storage tube and instruction booklet with recipe ideas. Choose from black, zinc or pink colors. PLUS you receive the FARMcurious jute market bag made from sustainable materials. (Shipping Included)

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    TWO FERMENTATION LIDS WITH JARS INCLUDED AND BONUS RECIPE COLLECTION - Two FARMcurious Gift Sets, each with a ReCAP lid, a wide-mouth pint-size mason jar, a rubber stopper and airlock, storage tube and instruction booklet with recipe ideas. PLUS an additional bonus digital recipe collection submitted by some of our favorite food writers offering even more ways to use your new fermenting sets. See details on the left. (Shipping Included - Int'l okay)

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    SHARE THE JOY OF FERMENTATION WITH A FRIEND - Two Fermenting Sets with Bonus Recipe Collection:Two FARMcurious fermenting sets which includes four ReCAP lids, four rubber stoppers, four airlocks, storage tube and instruction booklet with recipe ideas.

    PLUS an additional bonus digital recipe collection submitted by some of our favorite food bloggers offering even more ways to use your new fermenting sets. See details on the left.
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    INTERNATIONAL OPTION TO SHARE THE JOY OF FERMENTATION WITH A FRIEND - Two Fermenting Sets with Bonus Recipe Collection: Two FARMcurious fermenting sets which includes four ReCAP lids, four rubber stoppers, four airlocks, storage tube and instruction booklet with recipe ideas. PLUS the additional bonus digital recipe collection submitted by some of our favorite food writers offering even more ways to use your new fermenting sets. See details on the left. (Int'l Shipping Included)

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    INTERNATIONAL OPTION TO SHARE THE JOY OF FERMENTATION WITH A FRIEND - Two Fermenting Sets with Bonus Recipe Collection: Two FARMcurious Fermenting Kits which includes four ReCAP lids, four rubber stoppers, four airlocks, storage tube and instruction booklet with recipe ideas. PLUS the additional bonus digital recipe collection submitted by some of our favorite food writers offering even more ways to use your new fermenting sets. See details on the left. (Int'l Shipping Available)

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    FERMENTING IS LIFE - Two Fermenting Sets with Bonus Recipe Collection and your choice of either the Market Tote or Tea Towel: Two FARMcurious fermenting sets which includes four ReCAP lids, four rubber stoppers, four airlocks, storage tube and instruction booklet with recipe ideas. PLUS the bonus digital recipe collection submitted by some of our favorite food bloggers offering even more ways to use your new fermenting sets. See details on the left. We'll also include either the FARMcurious Market Tote or the "Yeah I Pickled That" Tea Towel - see images on the left. (Shipping Included)

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    THE WHOLE SHEBANG - Virtual Fermenting Class Plus Two Fermenting Sets with Bonus Recipe Collection and your choice of either the market tote or tea towel: Receive a virtual fermenting lesson to prepare you for expert use of your new Fermentation Sets. PLUS, two FARMcurious fermenting sets which includes four ReCAP lids, four rubber stoppers, four airlocks, storage tube and instruction booklet with recipe ideas. PLUS the bonus digital recipe collection submitted by some of our favorite food writers offering even more ways to use your new fermenting sets (See details on the left). We'll also include either the FARMcurious Market Tote or the "Yeah I Pickled That" Tea Towel - see images on the left. (US Shipping Included)

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    INTERNATIONAL OPTION WITH VIRTUAL FERMENTING CLASS - Virtual Fermenting Class Plus Two Fermenting Kits with Bonus Recipe Collection: Receive a virtual fermenting lesson to prepare you for expert use of your new Fermentation Sets. PLUS, two FARMcurious Fermenting Kits which includes four ReCAP lids, four rubber stoppers, four airlocks, storage tube and instruction booklet with recipe ideas. PLUS the bonus digital recipe collection submitted by some of our favorite food writers offering even more ways to use your new fermenting sets (See details on the left).

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    FERMENTING FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY - Five Fermenting Sets, Bonus Recipe Collection, and your choice of either the market tote or tea towel: Five FARMcurious fermenting sets which includes ten ReCAP lids, ten rubber stoppers, ten airlocks, storage tubes and instruction booklet with recipe ideas. PLUS the bonus digital recipe collection submitted by some of our favorite food writers offering even more ways to use your new fermenting sets (see details on the left). We'll also include either the FARMcurious Market Tote or the "Yeah I Pickled That" Tea Towel (images on the left). (US Shipping Included)

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    INTERNATIONAL OPTION FOR FERMENTING FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY - Five Fermenting Sets, Bonus Recipe Collection, and your choice of either the market tote or tea towel: Five FARMcurious fermenting sets which includes ten ReCAP lids, ten rubber stoppers, ten airlocks, storage tubes and instruction booklet with recipe ideas. PLUS the bonus digital recipe collection submitted by some of our favorite food writers offering even more ways to use your new fermenting sets (see details on the left). We'll also include either the FARMcurious Market Tote or the "Yeah I Pickled That" Tea Towel (images on the left).

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    FERMENTATION PATRON - Huge Fermenting Collection for the true enthusiast including a beautiful handmade fermenting crock by artist Jeremy Ogusky, the "Yeah I Pickled That" Tea Towel by author Kate Payne, the FARMcurious Market Tote, the FARMcurious T-Shirt of your choice, Four FARMcurious Fermenting Gift Sets (containing a total of 8 ReCAP lids, 8 rubber stoppers, 8 airlocks, 4 storage tubes and 4 instruction booklets with recipe ideas) and FREE shipping! PLUS the additional bonus digital recipe collection submitted by some of our favorite food writers offering even more ways to use your new fermenting sets. See details and photos on the left. (US Shipping Only)

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    FERMENTING PARTY - 30 Fermenting Lids with Stoppers, Airlocks and Recipe Booklets. This option is designed for teachers of fermentation or organizations that host fermenting parties. It does not include the packaging tube but does include 30 ReCAP lids, 30 stopper/airlock combinations and 30 instruction booklets with recipes. PLUS we'll include the bonus digital recipe collection submitted by some of our favorite food writers offering even more ways to use your new fermenting sets (See details on the left).

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