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The Fermentium - Make Pickles, Sauerkraut, Kimchi and hundreds of other foods at home with this simple kit.
The Fermentium - Make Pickles, Sauerkraut, Kimchi and hundreds of other foods at home with this simple kit.
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I love making food from scratch. In doing so, I fell in love with lacto-fermentation, the process for creating foods like: pickles, kimchee, sauerkraut and hundreds of others.

Fermentation itself is simple but set-up can be difficult or expensive. To make my life easier and hopefully yours, I've developed this kit called the Fermentium. 

Fermentium with pickles, sauerkraut and kimchi
Fermentium with pickles, sauerkraut and kimchi
  • Features

Easy to Use - Add:  vegetables, salt and spices. -- In as little as 5 minutes you can start batches of: pickles, sauerkraut, kim chi, or one of the 1000’s of other fermented foods.

Attractive and Versatile – The Fermentium designed by Justin Crocker and Nicholas Stevens is modern, cool, and looks great in any room.  Interesting enough to be to be a table centerpiece but with its squared shape and flat lid, it also fits snugly into corners or under a shelves. When not being used for fermenting it works as a: Cookie Jar, Punch Bowl, or Vase!

Heirloom Quality – Built from sturdy stoneware made to last. Not only do we hope you’ll pass down recipes to your children and grandchildren, we also hope the Fermentium will be treasured family by your for decades to come.

  • Gourmet

Superior Ingredients – The best food comes from the best ingredients. Fermenting at home lets you use the best vegetables and spices to create the superior dishes.

Variety –There are may be hundreds of pickle varieties on your grocer’s shelves, but by combining vegetables and spices at home you can to create a limitless variety to enjoy.

Artistry – Pickling is an enjoyable way to create new delicious things. What’s your signature taste? Is it tangy? Sweet? Sour? Salty? Spicy?

  • Economy

Save Money - Compared to cost of buying pickles. The Fermentium could recoup its initial cost in as little as one or two batches.

Stop Wasting Food - Why throw away what you can’t eat? Turn extra vegetables into something delicious for later?

Off the Grid – The Fermentium lets you preserve vegetables without any electricity

  • Culture

Learning about food – Vegetables don’t come from plastic wrapped packages at the supermarket any more than pickles come from hermetically jars. Show your kids how fermentation really works and show them how to make these treats themselves.

Tradition – If you are lucky enough to have fermenting recipes in your family, the Fermentium is an easy way to keep them alive in your kitchen.

Regional Cuisine – Many foods from around the world won’t be found in your local supermarket, you might find a specialty store but if not… there’s still hope, recreate exotic treats with the Fermentium.

  • Health Benefits

Lacto-fermented foods have been linked to: Increasing nutrition, detoxifying food, making digestion easier, supporting the immune system, weight loss and the lowering of cholesterol.  


More information and sources here:           http://www.fermentium.com/#!about/cq3g

  • Pickling is Fun

New Gadget – The best new gadget for the kitchen doesn’t even need to be plugged in!

Great Gift – Forget the fondue pot, the Fermentium is a stylish and unique must gift for Weddings, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Graduations, Hostesses and Holidays.

 Directions

The Fermentium is easy to use with set-up times being as little as 5-10 minutes.

Set-up is always basically the same:

1. Fill the Fermentium with chopped vegetables and spices
2. Add salt and water
3. Place the weights on top
4. Put lid on and fill the channel around it with water  

Your food will be ready in 3 days to 3 weeks depending on what flavor you prefer. The total Yield of the Fermentium is approximately one Gallon. 

Tip: When at a grocery store or in your garden, bring a sawed off plastic gallon milk jug to measure how much will fit in your Fermentium.

Set up your Fermentium: Chop Vegetables, fill the Fermentium, add: salt, water, the weights and replace the lid
Set up your Fermentium: Chop Vegetables, fill the Fermentium, add: salt, water, the weights and replace the lid

Specifications

Size: 7"x7"x11.5" when the lid is on
Material: Glazed porcelain which is stronger and more durable than other types of ceramic. My goal is to create an item of high enough quality to be passed down with your recipes. 

Risks and challenges

Food Safety:
The most important thing in designing a product to be used around food is that it be non-toxic. I am working with factory experienced in making FDA certified safe items. I've also located a lab in the US which will test the finished product to verify compliance with FDA safety standards.

Timeline:
This is my first time placing a manufacturing order to Asia. It is conceivable that delivery time will be longer than quoted. That was the case with the proto-type.

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    Fermentium Manual

    -- Contains a few simple recipes for Kimchi, Cucumber Pickles, Sauerkraut

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    The Fermentium (Base, Weights, Lid, Manual) -- Delivered anywhere in the US -- The package will be about 13 lbs so the actual shipping charges will be between 14 -24 USD.

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    The Fermentium (Base, Weights, Lid, Manual) -- Delivered anywhere in the US -- &
    A print of vegetables on sumi paper inspired by the fermentation process see http://www.fermentium.com/#!kickstarter-rewards/c11x5

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    Fermentation Party - Hosted by Anthony Limuaco, publisher of the cookbook Kimcheelicious. "Kimcheelicious is a project that explores innovative ways of combining traditional Asian fermented foods with the way we Americans cook and eat. " He will design a custom cooking class for you and your guests focusing on lacto-fermented foods. Check out his beautiful food on http://www.kimcheelicious.com/p/about-kimcheelicious.html

    This is for the greater NY area only. Further travel would have to be covered by the purchaser.
    (10) Fermentiums will be included as party favors.

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