The Perfect Pickler

We have been wanting to visit the Mountain Feed & Farm Supply store in Boulder Creek ever since we saw their amazing display at the Heirloom Expo.  A month later, we had our chance.

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A view from the drive to Boulder Creek

The Mountain Feed & Farm Supply is a wanna-be homesteader’s paradise.  There are materials and gadgets for everything: growing veggies, making your own mead, fermenting, canning, chicken keeping…  It was a blast to look around at everything, and they were gracious to give us a tour when we first arrived.  All of the staff are extremely knowledgeable, and have their own specialty interests as well.  It was nice to be able to ask questions and receive advice!

I restrained myself and made only one purchase: The Perfect Pickler.  In the past, Greer and I have fermented things in food grade buckets, with varying success. What I liked about the idea of the Perfect Pickler is that it makes small batches.  I can make a 1/2 gallon of something instead of 3-4 gallons; meaning I don’t have to wait until I have an overload of a certain type of produce.  It also means that there can always be “fresh” fermented food (with all its amazing pro-biotic properties) and we don’t get tired of eating the same pickles and kraut over and over again.  The variety will be really nice, and healthier too.  The Perfect Pickler also keeps the “scuz” from growing on top because of the airlock.  The “scuz” is honestly a barrier for me sometimes, even though I know it doesn’t actually harm the pickled product.

My first experiment is an Italian giardinieri blend of cauliflower, green peppers, carrots, and celery.

Update from one week later: It’s really good!  The celery is a little on the mushy side, but everything else is crisp and has a fantastic fermented flavor.  Success!

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