I finally made it to the hardware store to get a new drill bit! I got a 11/16 bit and drilled my holes in the top of the metal mason jar lids. I was happy with the outcome.
My first try with this fermenting business was with sauerkraut. I followed by Sandor Ellix Katz. It was pretty simple. Here is a list of the the ingredients I used:
3/4 head of green cabbage
½ head of red cabbage
1 carrot shredded
6 cloves of garlic
First I sterilized all my equipment in boiling water to make sure I wouldn't poison myself. I then started chopping up all the ingredients, put them in a bowl and started squeezing them with both hands to release the juices. This took A LOT longer than I thought it would. My hands got really tired and my fingernails are purple from the cabbage. At first I thought I would have enough for 2 jars, but after I was squeezing for about 15 min straight, the volume reduced quite a bit. I was only able to pack half a jar! So, I cut some more cabbage and went at it again. I packed it hard into the jar in order to get a good layer of juices at the top of the jar to prevent mold from growing. Now, the waiting game. Ill wait 3 days and taste it to see if I want to keep fermenting or not. Below is a delicious recipe where I can put my homemade sauerkraut to use.
Yummy Sauerkraut Recipe