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Fermentation for the Nation...

Introduction To Fermentation

Fermentation for the nation! Go with your gut…

One of the latest buzzwords you’ll hear mentioned in foodie magazines and lifestyle magazines is ‘fermentation’ – so we want to help bring fermentation to the Nation! One of the oldest forms of food preservation, and undeniably good for us, sounds good right?


So, what is fermentation?

Fermentation preserves without the use of any pressure or heat, allowing the beneficial lactobacilli present on the surface of all living things to proliferate. This creates its own lactic acid which not only preserves the vegetables, prevents bad bacteria growing, but also comes with a wealth of additional health benefits.


What would I use it for?

Perfect for making your own Sauerkraut and Kimchi or naturally pickling any of your favourite vegetables.

Sauerkraut – cabbage, salt & caraway seeds make this one of the easiest fermented foods to make and a perfect way to get started. It takes 3-10 days to ferment and will keep for several months.

Kimchi – a traditional Korean version of sauerkraut which includes a range of spices and other vegetables added to the cabbage to give it extra flavour and a delicious kick.

Pickled Vegetables – instead of using the traditional vinegar and sugar as the preserving agent, the vegetables own Lactobacillus do the fermenting for you – anything from carrots to cucumbers and radishes work wonderfully.


Why use fermentation rather than pickling?

Fermentation retains most of the natural nutrients found in your food, including Vitamin C. Cost effective, delicious, nutritious and easy to make at home, using just a few simple ingredients, fermented foods can also help restore balance to your intestinal flora and immune system.


An average adult has around 400 bacterial species in their intestines, consuming probiotics which are found in fermented foods, helps to maintain these organisms and keep them in balance, giving you a variety of health benefits for your digestive system and boosting immunity.


How to get started?

At Steamer we have selected 2 excellent, but very different starter sets to help you get going. A traditional 3Litre set from Kilner, and a modern styled 2Ltr set from Mortier Pilon.

We recommend when fermenting you must always ensure the vessel has an appropriate valve, to vent the CO2 that is created naturally through the process – without the necessary vent, pressure could build within the container. Both of our sets are supplied with full instructions on how to get started, with just a few simple ingredients.


Mortier Pilon 2Litre Set (£33.95)

Everything you need to start making your own fermented food at home. An elegantly modern glass fermentation crock that provides a specialized, anaerobic fermenting environment. Fermentation enriches your diet as it retains valuable nutrients & microflora ‘good bacteria’ that help with intestinal health & assists in stabilising gastric acidity. Supplied with a booklet of user-friendly, well-tested recipes to get you started. CO2 created during fermentation escapes through the specially designed water seal in the lid.

Set contains:

- 2 Litre Glass Jar

- Ceramic Weight

- Instruction & recipe booklet

-Wax pencil to identify contents

 Mortier Pilon Fermentation Set

Kilner 3Litre Set (£25.95) 

An easy way to create your own delicious fermented foods packed with vitamins, minerals and probiotic cultures. Just add your favourite vegetables, water and salt. Full instructions, easy starter recipes & a ‘how to’ leaflet included.

Set contains:

- 3 Litre Glass Jar with beechwood push top lid

- Air lock valve & bung set

- 2 Ceramic pebble weights

- Instruction & recipe booklet

 Kilner Fermentation Set


Perfect for creating live cultures of sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles and much more. Both items are available in selected stores or online – if your local store does not have them in stock, you can order on our handy Click & Collect service and pick them up in store at your convenience.

Mortier Pilon Fermentation Set

Posted: 05 Sep 2017

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