DON'T LET YOUR FERMENTING VEGETABLES SPOIL: A critical step in making healthy and delicious fermented food is keeping the veggies submerged in the brine to prevent spoilage. Our beautiful glass stones keep veggies out of the open air inside the jar.
CUSTOM DESIGNED FOR MASON JARS: Pickle Pebbles are specially designed by Masontops - the mason jar accessories expert. Choose between wide mouth and regular mouth. Becoming a perfect pickler is easy with these beautifully-crafted clear glass weights.
FINGER GRIP FOR EASY REMOVAL: Once you're ready to sample your healthy and delicious fermented vegetable recipes, you can quickly and easily remove the Pickle Pebble by pinching patented handy finger grip and lifting them out. A perfect pickle every time!
PREMIUM QUALITY: Pickle Pebbles are made from non-porous crystal clear glass, so you'll see what's going on with your ferment. Made of the same food-safe soda lime glass as mason jars, they're handwashable or can go in the top rack of the dishwasher.
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Cool Idea, but Breaks Under PressureI was excited at first, but over time it has become clear the glass is not very high quality. 2 of the 4 weights cracked and broke into several pieces while in a ferment within a month of eachother. Checking with my fermenting peers, this is an ongoing problem that has caused many of us to toss our precious long ferments for fear of ingesting broken glass. I still have 2 weights left, but am leery to use them and will probably just opt for clay weights instead. Glass was just a bit too good to be true, I guess.
2DisappointedThis was my first experience with the pickle Pebbles. I've only used them a handful of times and the last time that I took them out of my jars they look like the below photos and I stopped using them. I'm not sure why they cracked I did not throw them in the jar or otherwise roughly handled them when they went into the last jars they were whole with no cracks. I'm apparently out of the manufacturer warranty or product warranty and most likely will not get an exchange or money back but my review may help other people. Two of the pickle Pebbles cracked completely through and to have cracks running through them but I have not cracked all the way through.
2These break! Be very careful.I gave away two, and I kept two. My two cracked, one while washing before the first usage, the second right in my jar of kimchi. I was just using a normal bowl of warm water for dishwashing, no boiling water, no dishwasher, nothing. I called my friend and asked her not to use the pickle pebbles I gave her, and I felt pretty stupid.
1Broken weightsI ordered this set of weights on October 28, 2015. A few days later, they were washed and went into hot pepper ferments that sat on my counter until the end of August 2016. We went to blend our peppers to make our hot sauce, and 3 out of 4 of the jars had broken weights in them (all broken weights were the wide mouth weights). Super disappointed that we lost all of that time and precious peppers due to broken glass. I think I'll try boiling some rocks or something less expensive than these weights once we have enough peppers to try again...
1Defective Glass (Crizzling) - And you won't realize until the return window is closed.While I like the thickness and weight, the glass is just plain defective. After a couple of months, all weights display crizzling. If you chose to keep these, would strongly suggest washing thoroughly before each use (even if washed before) & do not use for long-term ferments. For example, I *may*use this for mushrooms (day or two) if I cannot find another available weight, but not for sauerkraut (1 month of more). Remember, it's the lye leaking out, which is very alkaline. What you want with fermentation is an acid environment, so suspect this could ruin ferments.Definition:Crizzling (or: crisseling) - The result of chemical instability in glass caused by an imbalance in the ingredients of the batch, particularly an excess of alkali or a deficiency of stabilizer (usually lime). The instability of the glass results in an attack by atmospheric moisture, which produces a network of cracks in the surface that may feel damp or oily. Crizzling can be slowed or perhaps even halted, but it cannot at present be reversed. Crizzled glass is sometimes described as sick or weeping.
2Good until they cracked in half and left glass shards in my kraut.When I started using these, I was a big fan. The fit into my wide-mouth mason jars, held my sauerkrauts and other ferments down well, and cleaned up easily. But after several uses, I opened up a jar of kraut and found the weight cracked in half. I discounted that as an aberration. A few batches latter, the second of four cracked. That time, small small shards of glass were missing when I mated the broken sides together. I couldn't see any shards of glass in the kraut, but they had to be there somewhere. So out went what would have been a beautiful batch of Ruby Kraut. Maybe the other two will never crack. But I don't trust them not to, and I am not interested in throwing out any more batches of what is otherwise perfectly good and delicious kraut or other ferment. I really liked these until then . . . (sigh).
2Fermented SalsaI love fermenting in canning jars and these weights make it easy. The fermented salsa I made with tomatoes from my garden is outstanding. When fermenting vegetables that have tiny bits like salsa, I recommend using a cabbage leaf on top of the salsa then adding the weight. This keeps your food submerged in the liquid. I will be using these handy weights for years to come.
5These Plus size Pickle Pebbles keep ferments in wide mouth jars submergedThese Pickle Pebbles Plus sized weights are perfect for wide mouth jars. The jars I'm using are the 1 quart Kerr jars which I believe are the same as the Ball jars. I had tried some other glass weights about a year ago that I purchased on eBay that weren't as big or as thick as these. 2 out of 3 cracked in half the first time I used them and I had to throw out the food I was fermenting. These are thicker and heavier. They are just slightly smaller than the jar opening. I have to press on one edge to tip them to get them out, or use a couple of knives to lift them out. But that's fine with me because one of my biggest problems with some of the ferments is keeping everything submerged. These do that without having to fight with them. And they look nice in the top of the jar. I will probably order more of these as soon as I find a good place for all the jars of vegetables I'm fermenting. I'm posting a couple of pictures in case you're wondering like I did, if they were really going to work. The second photo I posted shows the Pebble held directly above a wide mouth jar. You can see how nicely it will cover the surface when dropped into the jar.
5A waste of money and food.For me these weights were beyond just a waste of money and food, but ended up posing a potential danger to me and my family. During their second use three out of four of these weights broke into many pieces during lactobacillus fermentation of sauerkraut (2) and giardiniera (1) for no apparent reason. I was careful with them, hand wash warm (not hot) water, stored in original box when not in use, fermenting at room temperature away from sunlight in good quality mason jars with plastic water-type air-lock lids. The jars themselves remained completely undamaged. The weights were fully submerged in brine. I would be very interested in knowing the cause of this breakage. I cannot recommend using these weights for food preparation. Broken glass in food is dangerous.
1Great For First Time FermentingI am a newbie when it comes to fermenting. I started my first sauerkraut ferment and was having an awful time keeping my cabbage under the brine. From what I've read, one of the major rules of lacto-fermentation is making sure that whatever you are fermenting remains submerged under the brine to prevent mold growth. Since mold requires oxygen to grow, you can run into mold issues when your ferments float to the top above the brine. A lot of people recommend using a large piece of cabbage to push down the shredded cabbage, but somehow it kept rising above the brine anyways since there wasn't anything weighing it down.So, I purchased the combo pack of the Pickle Pebbles (4 wide mouth pebbles, 4 standard pebbles), and they have done the job perfectly! The larger size fits perfectly in a wide mouth mason jar and the smaller size fits in standard mason jars. So far, I've used them successfully in pint, quart, and half-gallon size jars. As a note, I would still recommend placing a large piece of cabbage over the shredded cabbage before putting the pickle pebble on top in order to help keep all of the small cabbage pieces from floating around the pebble up to the top of the jar. If you have any pieces that float to the top once you put the pebble in, just go ahead and scoop them out. These are very easy to get in and out of the mason jars, which makes them really easy to use. An added bonus is they are extremely easy to clean with just a quick scrub and rinse. I haven't noticed any lingering smells or residues on any of the pebbles due to their nice, smooth finish.Overall, I thought these were a bit pricey when I was debating whether or not to purchase them, but I would definitely purchase them again in a heartbeat. They have taken a lot of the fuss and worry out of my fermenting and have made the whole process much easier. I highly recommend them!
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