Friday, September 7, 2007

A purchase-able fermentation box? It should work!

The Thermokool MR-138. Happened to find this while reading something else. People have used this for proofing bread dough, and it seems like it is very accurate and settable to temperatures needed for fermenting salamis. It claims to be able to go from 40-140 deg. F. It goes for about $90 + shipping, so it is more expensive, but all the work is done for you. Might be worth a try.

Humidity control shouldn't be a problem as long as it is well sealed (it should be). You want the humidity high when fermenting (80-90%). If it is too low, spraying some water with a spray bottle or putting a small bowl in the bottom should work. You can find it HERE.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is now out of stock but there seems to be a similar model - only it's on wheels! - available. It's the perfect gift for the charcutier on the go!
http://focuscamera.com/product.asp?id=964701680

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Fred said...

It wasn't easy, but I tracked this device down based on your post and some additional research. It seems the manufacturer is now Princess International, and I picked up model # MR-148. I found it at http://www.smarthome.com/91312/Deluxe-Digital-Mini-Fridge-Cooler-Warmer-MR-148/p.aspx.

Works great for under 5 lb batches shorter than 12" long. The door is completely sealed, so moisture coats the window like a steam bath.

Some modification (like anything) is required if you want your sausages to hang, but if you don't it's good right out of the box.

Jasonmolinari said...

good to know, thanks fred!

Etienne said...

The amazon reviews are pretty bad... http://www.amazon.com/Princess-MR-148-Mini-Fridge/dp/B001HDQOCC