Wood for pickling lids?
March 23, 2009 9:41 PM Subscribe
What woods can be use to make lids for pickling?
posted by GeneticFreek to Food & Drink (24 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I want to start doing some wild fermentation pickling in pickling crocks. You can buy online special wooden lids with holes in them to hold the food to be pickled down while allowing the brine to come up. See HERE
. These are claimed to be made out of Poplar. Rather than ordering the lids online I figure I could make some myself, but a search at my local Home Depot and Rona don't carry poplar in the appropriate size.
My question is is there anything special about poplar that I need that wood in particular? Are other woods okay? Spruce is readily available. Oak could possibly be gotten in the right size as well. What factors are important? I figure that A) it needs to be kiln-dried chemical free, B) needs to be a wood that isn't toxic (ie not hemlock?), C) and of a thickness, say 1/2", so that it wouldn't warp.
I'll be checking out another store that I think carries a larger variety of wood on Wednesday. Any advice before then is appreciated!