This mini-series has now officially gone on for three more posts than I initially thought it would. Ah well.
So we’ve covered my love for the Cuppow and my DIY tumbler lids (for the Cuppow is not smoothie friendly), but I still feel that some love to the reCAP is in order. The reCAP, which retails for $6.99, is basically a BPA-free plastic lid made to look a bit like the old zinc caps of the bygone era. They were designed to be salad-dressing friendly, so they do not leak, as they have a gasket that makes them air and water tight. For easy pouring access, though, they have a snap top. The snap top is also very easy to drink from, so loads of people have been using them to convert their mason jars into a drinking jar. They obviously accommodate drinking directly from the jar as well as holding a straw of any size.
I like my other drinking options better, though, so I reserve the reCAP for things I want to pour. They rock in the fridge to hold dressings, homemade juices, teas, buttermilk, kefir, and all that other jazz. This has let me dispose of a number of plastic pitchers and mismatched bottles. They’re also totally awesome when it comes to storing small grains, beans, and rice, which saw a massive expulsion of plastic containers from my house. Of course, I still prefer my plastic 22 quart CAMBRO buckets for the items I buy in major bulk and use almost every day: flour, sugar, white rice, brown rice, and garbanzo beans. For things like sushi rice, quinoa, and all the other beans, the reCAP has my heart. They make my pantry look so neat, and I never have to clean up grain spills now! I can’t wait until mid-October when reCAP will release their wide mouth versions. I’ll be able to upgrade my storage to half gallon jars, now!
If you’re one of the many Pagans that have jumped onto the lactofermentation bandwagon, then the reCAP might further interest you. As it turns out, the reCAP’s opening perfectly accommodates a #6 rubber bung. Since the lid is airtight, this means that all you need to do to turn a mason jar into a truly anaerobic and non-explosive fermentation vessel is add an airlock ($1.50) and a bung ($1). One little, cheap step and you’ve got a perfect fermentation station for all your small-batch kraut, kim chi, and pickling needs! Seriously, you will get the same anaerobic benefits of the much more expensive Pickl-It or Harsch crock, but for pennies on the dollar. Of course, neither the Pickl-It or Harsch use any plastics, but if you’re a fermenter who tries to avoid plastics, just make sure the brine doesn’t touch the lid and you’ll have zero potential for any stray chemicals to permeate your fermenting foods. With the reCAP, you’ll have fermenting equipment that can multitask–unlike something like the Pickle-Pro or the Cooking God’s Way lids–which will make the Alton Brown God very pleased indeed. And when the fermentation is done, all you need to do is remove the bung and airlock, snap on the snap lid, and store in the fridge. How easy is that?
In summary, there’s a lot of good mason jar toppers out there if you’re looking to eliminate some plastics and disposable products from your life. Some will save you from a hoard of drink bottles and disposable coffee cups, others might just change your refrigerator and pantry, too. Enjoy the possibilities!