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Apple, Ginger, and Orange Kraut with reCAP

Apple, Ginger, and Orange Kraut

Sauerkraut. It’s easy, delicious, and good for you. Add some flavorful fruit twists to this classic ferment with apples, ginger, and oranges! This Kraut tastes sweet and somewhat spicy (depending on how much ginger you add.) Plus, the vibrant oranges and yellows will brighten your day! We show you how in our latest instructional video:


What you need to know:

The main ingredient for this recipe really is time since Kraut takes at least a month to ferment. What is great about using the integrated reCAP lid and fermenter is that they make this process maintenance-free and easy!


The Benefits:

Vitamin C, anyone?

You’ll get your daily dose of vitamin C from the apples and oranges!

Anti-inflammatory and TASTY!

Ginger is a popular ingredient to add to ferments for an extra pop of flavor. When added to the Kraut, ginger gives it a nice spice! Ginger can be fermented on its own with honey and used as a tonic to drink as is or mixed with sparkling water, tea, or a smoothie.

Probiotics, Vitamins, Fiber, and Iron

Sauerkraut itself delivers some solid health benefits, including providing fiber and a significant amount of vitamins C and K. It also boosts your energy and immune system with iron.

Some pointers:

Don’t go overboard with the apples. They tend to get very soft when fermented and you want your overall Kraut mixture to stay crunchy!

Make sure to keep the ferment submerged below the brine. I use a large leaf of cabbage to push everything down and then add a jelly jar weight (included in our Fermenting Starter Kit.)

Ways to Incorporate Sauerkraut into Your Diet:

Love Kraut but not keen on sitting down and having a large bowl of it? Instead, add it to other meals and sides in a few different ways.

  • Include it in a salad
  • Add it to soups
  • Put it on a sandwich (This is a Pittsburgh favorite!)
  • Mix it with salsa (A favorite combination of mine.)
  • Mix it with guacamole (See my comment above.)
  • Try out your own variations
  • Drink sauerkraut brine (This is an acquired taste but you’ll get the same probiotic benefits. Just watch out for sodium.)

THE RECIPE

PREP TIME 25 mins

TOTAL FERMENT TIME: 1 month

Author: Fermented Food Lab

INGREDIENTS AND TOOLS

  • 1 head of cabbage shredded
  • 2 green apples chopped into thin slices
  • 1 orange sliced into rounds
  • 2 inches of ginger grated or ¼ cup of ginger juice
  • 1 tablespoon Himalayan Sea Salt (included in our Fermenting Starter Kit)
  • pure water
  • Wide mouth Mason jar (A half gallon works well.)
  • reCAP POUR lid and fermenter

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Peel off two outside leaves of the cabbage and set aside. Add the remaining cabbage, apples, ginger and sea salt into a large bowl.

2. Use your hands to mix and massage the cabbage mixture for about 5 min. The cabbage will start to breakdown and become wet. This is the brine. Pack the cabbage mixture into a large glass container or mason jar and place the orange slices around the sides of the jar for a decorative look (optional).

3. Continue to add the cabbage mixture and oranges until there is about 2-3 inches of space from the top and then fill the jar with purified water until it just covers the cabbage.

4. Roll the cabbage leaves up and place them on top of the mixture. These are used to hold the sauerkraut below the water line. Add the jelly jar as weight.

5. Add the reCAP POUR lid and fermenter to the Mason jar. Store away from sunlight.

6. After one month, your Kraut will be ready. Refrigerate after opening. You can keep everything right in the jar to store in the refrigerator with the reCAP POUR lid. The sauerkraut will stay fresh for a couple months.



​​Celebrate the 4th of July with all-American Mason jar style!

14 Ideas for the 4th of July

Besides using Mason jars for patriotic centerpieces and beverages, you can transform them into lanterns, single-serve desserts, utensil holders, condiment dispensers, and more. Check out these 14 Mason jar ideas for the 4th of July:

Dressings and Condiments:

1. Condiment Dispenser (reCAP Adapta Pump + Mason jar)

Easily serve and store DIY condiments! Get an Adapta Pump here.

2.Small Batch Marinades (reCAP POUR + Mason jar)

Get the recipes and instructions.

3.Salad Dressings (reCAP regular mouth POUR + Mason jar)

There are tons of salad dressing recipes out there, but this Garlic Whiz-Bang is our favorite.

Drinks:

4.Berry Bellini (Mason jars + POUR or FLIP)

Watch our video to learn how to shake up your own Bellinis!

5.Lemonade Whiskey (Mason jars + POUR or FLIP)

A super simple summertime favorite. Get the recipe.

6.Sparkling Arnold Palmer

Checkout this recipe by the Mighty Mrs.

7. Frozen Strawberry Daiquiris (FLIPs, straws, and Mason jars)

Get the recipe.

Sweets:

8. DIY Whipped Cream

View our video to learn how! All you need is a few ingredients.

9. No Bake Lemon Cheesecake (Jelly Jars. Recipe: Love, Create, Celebrate)

10.  Blackberry Crisp in a Jar (Jelly Jars. Recipe: This Gal Cooks)

11. Peanut butter Pie Cups (Jelly Jars. Recipe: Bake At Midnite)

Crafts and Activities:

12. Star Spangled Lanterns (Source: Addictedto DIY)

Light up the night with these adorable lanterns.

13. Painted Utensil Holder (Source: It All Started With Paint)

14. Catch Some Fireflies

Need an activity for the little ones? Inspire learning and adventure with our reCAP Kid’s EXPLORE Bug Catcher.



EXPLORE Presque Isle with Environment Erie and reCAP Mason Jars


reCAP is proud to be included in Environment Erie’s Summer Field Studies Program this July!

Students will use the reCAP Kids EXPLORE Bug Catcher to catch and observe a variety of critters including salamanders, frogs, and caterpillars. Throughout the week, students will participate in a variety of unique activates such as: boating through the lagoons, hiking, canoeing, swimming, biking, fishing, and water quality testing. Fostering learning and community, the program will conclude with a graduation and a service learning project that will benefit the Presque Isle State Park through the Adopt A Beach Program.

If you would like more information or are interested in signing up your student, please visitthe sign-up page at Environment Erie.



Mason Jar Whipped Cream Hack with reCAP

How to use a Mason jar and reCAP FLIP lid to make DIY whipped cream

This Mason jar whipped cream hack is super easy and requires just a few ingredients. What we love about using the reCAP FLIP is that you can easily serve your whipped cream right away, or store and refrigerate for later!

As you can see from the video, we guesstimated our ingredient ratios (there's really no wrong way to whip cream!) but we've included the recipe below. We also used a wire mixing ball to make shaking it up easier. 

Ingredients:

1 cup heavy cream

1-2 Tbsp sugar.

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 clean 1-pint Mason jar with lid

1 reCAP FLIP lid

Optional: wire mixing ball

Ready to DIY?

Flip, store, and more with the reCAP FLIP:



Garlic Whiz-Bang Dressing featuring the reCAP POUR

Garlic Whiz-Bang Dressing

featuring the reCAP POUR

Looking to jazz up your spinach salads? Check out this recipe by our friend, Jeff McCullor, of Erie Ale Works. With a full flavor and a nice, peppery snap, this dressing works well on salads and pita sandwiches.

Ingredients:

1 cup vegetable or canola oil

1 cup ketchup

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

4 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions:

Simply mix all the ingredients in a pint-sized Mason jar. (I like to cap my jar off with a reCAP and give it a good shake.)

Cap with a reCAP POUR lid and chill for 2 hours before serving.

Ready to start pouring, storing, and serving your own salad dressings? Get a reCAP POUR today:

Fun Facts: The Original reCAP POUR lid was created by Karen when she was looking for a mess-free and convenient solution to store and pour salad dressing!

Jeff also co-owns Erie Ale Works, a local microbrewery located along the Lake Erie Ale Trail, a collection of area breweries and brewpubs. 



Reduce Plastic Waste with reCAP Mason Jars

Our Oceans, Our Future

World Ocean’s Day encourages solutions to eliminate plastic pollution and prevent marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future. Plastic is uniquely problematic because it’s not biodegradable and therefore sticks around for a lot longer (up to 1,000 years longer!) than other forms of trash. And we're not just talking about people dumping their garbage overboard. Around 80 percent of marine litter actually originates on land—either swept in from the coastline or carried to rivers from the streets during heavy rain via storm drains and sewer overflows.

One of the best things we can do to protect our ocean is try to keep as much plastic as possible out of it the first place. With just a few small actions, you can have a big impact.

Here’s how you can reduce the world’s plastic waste by using reCAP:

Ditch the plastic water bottles.

Use a reCAP POUR and Mason jar instead! Here are some natural flavored water ideas.

Limit buying soap, shampoo, and other self-care items that come in plastic bottles:

Save money and make DIY, chemical-free options such as Lemon Grass Lavender hand soap, or a Peppermint Sugar Scrub.

  • A jelly jar + reCAP FLIP makes a convenient lotion, bath salt, or balm container.
  • A pint jar+ reCAP Adapta Pump works well for soaps.

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Reduce plastic waste from household cleaner containers: Make your own DIY cleaning solutions! Here’s a Scented Vinegar Solution and a Homemade Shower Cleaner.

Buy In Bulk.

Buy items such as coffee grounds, sugar, pastas, cereals, in bulk. You can easily store them with our reCAP FLIP and POUR lids! Large Mason jars work well for storage, while a pint jar works best for items used more frequently.

Other ideas:

Substitute Plastic Baggies for reCAPs or Bee’s Wraps.

Instead of using sandwich bags for trail mixes and snacks, use a reCAP FLIP cap! For sandwiches, try out our friend Bee's Wraps reusable sandwich wraps.

Bring your own reusable utensils

Bring your own reusable utensils with you to restaurants and barbecues. To-Go Ware’s colorful holder with bamboo utensils makes it easy to slip a set into your purse or car.



Mason Jar Marinades

Messy marinades? Let Mason jars come to the rescue! Use a Mason jar and a reCAP wide mouth POUR lid for a mess-free marinade container. 

Why we love this hack:

1. It travels better to BBQs.

2. It is less messy and wasteful than ziplock bags.

We’re all about reducing plastic waste whenever possible. Plus, using tongs to scoop the chicken out of a ziplock bag is just a struggle.

3. It allows members of family to pick their own flavors.

You can tweak your recipes based on personal preferences. (Example: I like red pepper flakes in some of my marinades, while my fiancé enjoys extra cilantro.)

4. A typical chicken breast fits nicely in a pint jar

A pint jar is a nice option for dinner for one or two. A larger jar, such as a pint-and-a-half or a quart jar, would be a better choice for preparing a family-size portion.

5.The reCAP lid keeps it sealed and safe 

Using a reCAP ensures your marinade will stay sealed, fresh, and prevent germs from spreading. (Just be sure to wash your gasket when you clean up.)


After discovering the idea for the hack by  One Good Thing by Jillee, we had to experiment with marinades and try it for ourselves! The following marinade recipes will infuse your meat with flavor and keep it tender and juicy.

Grilled Buttermilk Chicken

A soak in herb-laced buttermilk gives a slight tang to this chicken while tenderizing the meat. The key to grilling chicken is to create two heat zones: one for high, direct heat (over the coals) and one for low, indirect heat (away from the coals).

PREP: 40 MINS

SERVINGS:6 Chicken Breasts

INGREDIENTS

2 cups buttermilk

7 garlic cloves

.5 cup fresh rosemary or thyme

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Safflower oil, for brushing

6 Wide mouth pint jars, or 1 wide mouth quart jars

reCAP Wide mouth POURS (1 for each jar)

DIRECTIONS

Combine buttermilk, garlic, herbs, tablespoons salt, and teaspoons pepper in a large bowl.

Add chicken breasts to the Mason jars and pour in the marinade.

Cap off the jars with reCAP POUR Mason jar lids.

Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Remove chicken from refrigerator 30 minutes before grilling.

Dijon, Garlic and Lemon Marinade

From Mom 100

At the end of a hot summer day, we all like to fling a piece of chicken or fish or steak on the grill, and be eating dinner with no fuss in short order. But not a boring dinner, no that’s not for us. If you want one boilerplate marinade for the summer, this is it. This marinade is perfect for chicken, pork, shrimp, and any kind of fish.

PREP: Less than 15 mins

SERVINGS: 2 Chicken breasts or about 16 shrimp

INGREDIENTS:

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

2 shallots, minced

2 garlic cloves, finely minced

3 lemons, zested and juiced

3 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

2 wide mouth pint Mason jars

2 reCAP wide mouth POUR lids

DIRECTIONS:

Combine and mix ingredients in one pint jar. Transfer half of the mixture to a second pint jar.

Add chicken breasts to both Mason jars.

Cap off the jars with reCAP POUR Mason jar lids.

Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Remove chicken from refrigerator 30 minutes before grilling.

Cilantro Citrus Marinade

From One Good thing by Jillee

Recipe Available at: http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/mason-jar-mari...



DIY Mason Jar Kid's Activities

As the school year winds down, now is the perfect time to start planning fun and educational activities for kids. Here are some great Mason jar-themed crafts and DIY projects:


1. DIY Mason Jar Fairy Lights from diyjoy.com

With just a few supplies, kids can easily create this glow-in-the-dark enchanting fairy lantern. Plus, they are super entertaining for adults as well. These fairy glow jars are much fun for after dark outdoors ideas, but they also make great DIY home decor for kids rooms or dorm décor. Check out DIYJOY’svideo to learn how!

2. Make a Mason Jar Aquarium

Make real-looking aquariums by adding plants, rocks, and aquarium figurines to a Mason jar of blue water. This makes a great craft for birthday parties and playdates. Each kid can return home with their own creation to treasure. Get theinstructions here!

3. Go Bug Catching

Tadpoles, butterflies, caterpillars, crickets, and lady bugs are easily-caught critters that kids love observing. Catch them, watch them, and then let them go in our reCAP Kid’s EXPLORE Bug Catcher with magnifying lid and breathing holes! The included plastic Mason jar is very lightweight and flexible for convenient EXPLORIN’. Get an EXPLORE today!



reCAP Kid's EXPLORE Butterfly Discovery


How to use the reCAP Kids EXPLORE Mason Jar Bug Catcher to teach children about the life cycle of butterflies.

As summer quickly approaches, now is a great time to start planning educational summer activities for your little ones or end-of-year plans for your students! Here are two great ways to use the EXPLORE Bug Catcher to teach kids all about the life cycles of butterflies.

Option #1: Raising Butterflies

If you’re creating a lesson about the life cycle of butterflies, we recommend using a kit like this one to get started. This kit includes a caterpillar habitat, butterfly habitat, mister, eye dropper, butterfly feeder with sugar, and a coloring page. Also included are comprehensive instructions and very friendly phone and email customer service!

Our Butterfly experience:

We ordered a Painted Lady Butterfly Kit from Nature's Gifts. The caterpillars arrived quickly in their habitat. At first, they were the size of a grain of rice! After the first few days, the caterpillars started to move and double in size. It was fascinating to watch this happen so quickly! They then crawled to the top of the habitat to make their chrysalises. After 24 hours when the chrysalises had hardened, we gently moved them to the butterfly habitat. In about 8 days, the butterflies emerged! We fed them sugar water with the butterfly feeder provided and added extra fruit and flowers.

After a few days of observation and allowing their wings to grow stronger in the habitat, we moved each butterfly to an EXPLORE Mason Jar Bug Catcher. We were then ready to head over to the expERIEnce Children’s Museum to spend the afternoon teaching and releasing!

What was great about using the EXPLORE for the learning and release is that each child can have a hands-on, up-close experience. The EXPLORE’s magnifying lid with breathing holes flips open and allows butterflies to be easily viewed and released. The lightweight and flexible jar with carrying handle makes it convenient for little hands to carry and use. The EXPLORE also comes with an activity page and downloadable lap book that you can use to augment your lesson plans. You can view our day of discovery and butterfly release in the video above!

TIP: Cut up some cantaloupe for the butterflies to feed on and add to each jar. The butterflies will want to stick around longer after you release them!

Option #2: Catching Butterflies

If you don’t have time to raise caterpillars, catching butterflies the old-fashioned way with your little ones is also fun! You’ll need to purchase a net to catch them, or you can make a DIY net (instructions here). Your best bet for capturing them is while they are feeding on flowers late in the day or early morning. Make sure to tell your kids to be gentle, because butterflies are very delicate. We recommend helping your little one to carefully transfer them to the EXPLORE jar for observation. (Kids often try to grab the butterflies by their wings. It’s important to “cup” them in your hands rather than pinching their wings.) Try to handle them as little as possible, and be sure to add some branches or flowers into the jar so your butterflies have items to climb on.

TIP: Wonder what butterfly you’ve caught or where to find them? See the chart below to help identify species of butterflies and their favorite plants.

Ready to start EXPLORIN'? Get ready, get inspired, and get a butterfly kit and EXPLORE Bug Catcher today.

Wonder what species of butterfly you’ve caught or where to find them? See the chart below to help identify species of butterflies and their favorite plants.



Mother’s Day Gardening Gift in a Mason Jar

Here’s a project that combines three of my favorite things: gardening, my mom, and Mason jars! This simple, homemade gift for mom is sure to make her smile. All you need is a few items and a Mason jar.

Items:

No directions needed- just add everything to the jar! Herbs or flowers can be planted right in the Mason jar or in a container of her choosing. The reCAP POUR lid makes a nice bonus: She can repurpose another Mason jar as a watering bottle for plants, or smoothie container for herself! 

Tip: An Adapta Sprayer also makes a nice add on to use for misting plants with water! 

Another Idea: Start a little herb garden with multiple herbs and Mason jars! Photo courtesy of OneGoodThingbyJilee



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