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Jar Top Fermenter by Handy Pantry. Finally, an affordable and reliable way to make your own sauerkraut and lactic acid fermented vegetables affordably and in small batches. Optional canning jars available.


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Handy Pantry Jar Top Fermenter

Finally! An inexpenive and easy solution for small batch lactic acid fermentation in canning jars!

The Jar Top Fermenter Includes: air lock unit, stainless steel spacer cup, air lock lid with seal, extra canning jar lid & ring, detailed instructions.

Choose Your Option:

  • Jar Top Fermenter
  • Jar Top Fermenter with 1 Quart Jar
  • Jar Top Fermenter with 2 Quart (half gallon) Jar

Making your own sauerkraut and other lactic acid fermented vegetables is now easy and reliable using the Handy Pantry Jar Top Fermenter. Before the jar top fermentor, the best option for lactic acid fermentation was using purpose built fermentation crocks. While the fermentation crocks work wonderfully well, they are fairly expensive (starting at $129). The smallest fermenting crock pots available are 5 liters and will do only one batch at a time (that's a lot of sauerkraut). These drawbacks are too much for some. It's a shame too because not only are real lactic acid fermented vegetables delicious, they are loaded with healthy, beneficial probiotics

The Handy Pantry Jar Top Fermenter solves the expense and large batch challenges by making it possible to ferment reliably in wide mouth canning jars. Folks have used canning jars for ever, but the big challenge is that the lactic acid fermentation process gives off lots of C02 (carbon dioxide) and this pressure must have a way to escape but not let any oxygen into the system. This is very difficult trick with just canning jars, require lots of baby-sitting. Even then, oxygen invariably sneaks end leading to problems with mold, bad flavor or even spoiled batches.  

With the innovative but simple one-way air lock, you can seal a canning jar with your pickling vegetables keeping it free of oxygen, but allowing the built up C02 to escape easily. The process is simple, fun and delicious.


  • Use to make sauerkraut and other fermented vegetables
  • Fits wide mouth canning jars (Mason, Ball, Kerr, etc...)
  • Makes small batch, canning jar fermentation easy
  • BPA free lid
  • Reusable
  • Easy to clean
  • Innovative water seal one-way air lock
  • Includes detailed instructions and recipe ideas
  • Use multiple units to make different batches simultaneously

Left to Right: Sauerkraut with Shredded Carrot, Pickles (cucumber, radish, carrot, celery), Green & Red Cabbage Sauerkraut, Assorted Vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, green beans, peppers, carrots, radishes), Beets & Turnips, Straight Green Cabbage Sauerkraut.

One of the beautiful things about the jar top fermentor is that you can use more than one unit and have different batches fermenting at the same time. Now you can enjoy the amazing health benefits of real, homemade, lactic acid fermented vegetables affordably with small managable batches. 

Read more about Ann Wigmore's Diet, including her recipe for "Veggie Kraut". 

Read our articles on the benefits of lactic acid fermentation and how to make your own fermented vegetables.

Overall Customer Rating of 1 Reviews:

Simple, Easy & Cleaning is a breeze!

I ordered one of these over a year ago and put it away til "I had time" and forgot about it.

After ordering one from another company - I rediscovered THIS one. I read the booklet (2nd unit) and promptly got busy.

After using both units THIS is my preferred style. The simple construction makes cleaning afterwards a breeze. The other unit takes more time with it's "S" shaped water compartment. It's difficult to rinse. I liked this one so well I ordered 3 more for now. If I really get into this I'll probably order a few more! The best part is - my mom and brother like too!

I don't think you can make a mistake fermenting. If it's too strong of flavor, pour off a little juice (brine) and add a bit more water. Too weak? Add a little more seasoning and give it another day! Generally it's been ready to eat in 4-5 days. Now that the cabbage has come out great (4 batches) I'm eager to try other veggies!

**** I would happily give it 5 stars if it came with some recipes like the other unit.