Like restaurant chefs, fermentation chefs use an array of tools! When you ferment as much as I do, it’s helpful to have supplies on hand that make the process faster, tastier and healthier. Over the years, I’ve created a list (below) of essential items for fermenting with ease. The easier the fermentation process, the more probiotics you get into your daily diet.
Of course, you don’t need to buy every item on this list, especially if you’re just getting started. But as you experiment and try new varieties, you can add a handy tool here and there to help you along. Over time you’ll create a complete fermentation-ready kitchen.
In the long run, making your own ferments will save you money on buying store-bought brands at the market. Not to mention, homemade foods are traditionally higher quality and more nutrient dense.
I separated the list into categories: Kitchen Staples, Fermentation Basics, Cultures, Appliances and Extras. See what you already have, what you need right now and what you can purchase later (or ask for on your next birthday)!
If you have questions about the list, email me.
- Cutting board
- Sharp knife
- Mesh strainer
- Measuring spoons
- Measuring cups
- Plastic spoon, ladle or spatula
- Large glass or plastic bowls
- 1-litre wide-mouth glass jars
- Plastic storage lids
- Meat pounder, potato masher or kraut pounder
- Cheesecloth (only for cheese)
- Fine mesh cloth (for kombucha and sourdough)
- Fermentation Caps (better than cheesecloth)
- Airlock top
- Starter Culture (Kefir Grains, Freeze-Dried Culture or Vegetable Starter)
- Caldwell Vegetable Starter (ships to Canada and the USA)
- Food processor
- Fermentation crock (for larger yields)
- pH papers