How to Make Airlock Lids for Sauerkraut

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Airlock lid for sauerkraut

Airlock lid for sauerkraut

So you want to make sauerkraut? Great! First you’ll need to learn how to make airlock lids for your fermentation jars, and get a few other supplies together. An airlock lid allows the carbon dioxide produced by the fermentation process to escape.

The airlock lid also preventing outside air from entering, which prevents airborne mold and bacteria from getting into the jar and contaminating it. In this post I’ll share all the tools you need to make your own sauerkraut at home, and I’ll teach you how to make Airlock lids.

How to make airlock lids

Making your own airlock lid is a fun activity for fathers to do with their kids. It doesn’t take long and it uses a power drill, which makes it exciting! Younger kids can watch and older kids can try using the drill.

Here are all the supplies you’ll need to make your own sauerkraut, including the airlock lid.

To make sauerkraut you’ll need a few supplies

  1. Wide mouth mason jar(s), 1/2 gallon
    1. I get mine from Kmart
  2. Airlock lid to vent off CO2
    1. You can either buy a premade one like this
    2. Or make your own if you have a drill (a fun activity for dads and kids):
      1. Plastic lids
      2. Airlocks
      3. Rubber stoppers
      4. Drill a hole for the stopper in the plastic lid, insert the stopper, then stick the airlock in the stopper
      5. Don’t be a dummy; wear safety glasses
  3. A food processor with a slicing blade
    1. Optional, but way easier than doing it by hand
  4. 1 big cutting board or a couple of smaller ones
  5. A sharp kitchen knife
  6. 1 or 2 big mixing bowls

Now you know how to make airlock lids!

You’re ready to make sauerkraut. Be sure to thoroughly wash your jars and lids before starting a ferment. To learn how to make your own sauerkraut, check out our recipe.

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