A month or two ago I would have happily paid an extortionate amount to get my hands on a set of pickl-it jars, but nobody would sell me any. Turns out lack of sunlight isn't the only draw back to living in the uk!
In the last week or so, I've stumbled across some rather enlightening posts on Pinterest. My favourite being how to hack a recap mason jar into a DIY pickl-it.
Unfortunately you can't buy recap in the UK either.
It did give me a bit of an idea though, so today the kids and I went to our local home brewing retailer and bought some airlocks and bungs. Total cost for four = £5.20
It turns out kilner jar lids are actually really thin and easy to cut through. So thin in fact, that the lid scrunched up like tin foil when I first tried to drill a hole in the top.
I refined my technique though, so here is my step by step guide to making your own pickl-it (or as dang close as you can get in England) jar.
First draw around the base of your rubber bung (the thinnest end) onto the lid.
Take the lid off the kilner jar and place it on some burned old oven gloves (to protect your work surface).
Next take the smallest flat screw driver you have (we want it to be sharp) and hammer and punch holes around the circle you traced. It's important that you punch holes on opposite sides of the circle, then at the quarter points, then between each of those... Etc... Making sure you don't do all of one side before the other. The idea is to keep the structure as stable as possible whilst you are working so that it doesn't start tearing.
It should look very rangy and something like this.
Don't worry if its a bit too small for the bung, we're going to make it bigger when we file and you want a snug fit.
Turn the lid over and hammer any sharp bits flat.
Next take a rounded file (I asked my friendly neighbourhood Design Technology teacher. Maybe you have one in your garage? If not, you might need to buy one for this. I can't think of an alternative) and file the edges smooth.
pets at home the silicone does not degrade in water and is non-toxic to all species).
Ta da! My finished, anaerobic fermentation jars!
Now to try and make some ferments...