The Sterilock Airlock

I recently had the opportunity to try out The World’s First Antibacterial Airlock – Sterilock.

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Sterilock’s director, Richard Cook, sent me a basic Sterilock setup. I received the Sterilock airlock, an odor absorbing capsule and two different style lids. Along with a food fermentation guide.

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So I set out to make a batch of my fermented cabbage as I usually do. The cabbage was chopped and mixed with a little salt. Then packed it into a jar, topped with brine and sealed with the Sterilock airlock.
I placed it into my usual fermentation cabinet and waited 2 weeks.
My first comment is that I was not able to tell how active the fermentation process was happening as I didn’t have a fluid filled airlock to provide visual feedback (bubbling action).

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The Sterilock was very easy to use. No need to monitor the fluid level in an airlock, just make sure that the brine level in the jar remains high enough to cover all the fermenting materials. It is a nice compact unit that makes storing the fermenting jar in tighter quarters than possible with a bubble airlock.

But I miss being able to tell if the process is actively working and or has stopped.

This batch turned out to be NOT as sour as I expected. I don’t know if this is because of the Sterilock or maybe the cabbage. I just don’t know.

I also feel that the cost is a bit high compared to the alternate airlocks available. But hopefully with increased sales and production, the cost per unit will drop sufficiently.

But check out Sterilock for yourself and see if it works for your application.

More Beans

Once again this year’s feature crop was dried beans.  Specifically dried pole beans (as I get more crop by growing vertically in my small garden).

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This is the line of 9 pole teepees with 9 varieties of beans.

While last time I went for dried pole beans of LARGE bean size.  (I’ve found them much easier to harvest than small beans.)   This year just went with dried pole beans regardless of bean size.   Of the 9 varieties planted, 6 where new to me.  The new ones are:

1. SULTAN’S GOLDEN CRESCENT,   A speckled cranberry red kidney shaped bean.   Vigorous healthy vines, crescent shaped golden pods.

yield = 28 oz.

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2. COWPEA – ITALIAN BLACK,   Small pea sized flat black bean.  Mid length vines, very long thin pods.

yield = 23 oz.

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3. TURKEY CRAW,   Small tan to white shaded bean.   Early yielding long vines, with large wavy golden pods.

yield = 34 oz.

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4. MAYFLOWER, Cranberry red to white shaded small bean.  Mid-length early yielding vines, tightly packed pods

yield = 32 oz.

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5. GOLD OF BACAU,  Various shades of tan to grey long beans.  Very vigorous long vines, with long golden pods.

yield = 31 oz.

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6.  CHEROKEE TRAIL OF TEARS,  Small shinny black kidney shaped beans.  Very long loose vines, with long red pods.

yield = 24 oz.

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All these beans started with the planting of 16 beans each.  So I consider all of them to be yielding successfully.     Although some where much harder to harvest.   

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The Sultan’s Golden Crescent and Turkey Craw where difficult to extract from their pods.  Very hard, tough pods that did not easily give up  their beans.

The other beans where varieties that I have planted before and will again.  They are large beans, easy to shell and great for cooking. 

Christmas Lima Beans.

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Red Ladies.  (A favorite for the humming birds also.)

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and Pink Lady. (another favorite of my humming birds.)

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I encourage you all to plant dry beans.   I like climbing better for space utilization and ease of picking.  These all have worked very well for cooking.  Used for baked beans, bean soups or hummus, they all are great tasting and good for you.

Videos now online.

I have finally gotten around to putting some of Linda’s cooking videos online.  Under the tab “Your Pantry” you will find 2 series of instructional videos. 

Your Pantry

The first series is “After School Snacks”.  It consists of 5 new videos for making great gluten free after school snacks.

The second series is called “Gluten Free Whole Grain Quick Breads”.  It also has 5 different videos showing you how to make great whole grain quick breads that are all gluten free.

It always was Linda’s intent to have them available and be shared.