Founded by childhood friends Phil Baron and Mike Bacher, Masontops started with a joint appreciation of Mason jars. Go to your cupboard: chances are you have at least 4 Mason jars tucked away. Although they've been around since 1858, Mason jars continue to be a versatile storage vessel, crafting tool, and decor item. We were so inspired by the utility of the Mason jar and allure of its vintage charm, that we decided to start a company to help people upcycle their jars. Masontops is dedicated to creating Mason jar accessories that turn Mason jars into beautiful storage solutions, easy fermentation vessels, coffee bean preservers, and whatever new idea comes our way. But for now, let's go back to the beginning. After having many frustrating experiences tying to ferment sauerkraut, we realized there was a need to simplify the process. We fell in love with the idea of fermenting in Mason jars: they were the perfect size for storing, easy to clean, and even easier to find. Some will say it was entrepreneurial spirit, others say it was the sauerkraut, either way, our creative juices started flowing and along came Masontops, Inc. First came the Pickle Pebble food weights. Food weights are a common fermentation tool, but Masontops found most to be too expensive, too light and poorly sized for Mason jars. The Pickle Pebbles are the perfect food weight for Mason jars to keep fermenting food submerged below the brine, which is necessary to prevent mold growth. Beautiful, sleek and made of all natural acacia wood, the Pickle Packer was the next Masontops product. The Pickle Packer food tamper and muddler fits into wide mouth Mason jars on one end and regular mouth on the other, making it perfect for pounding sauerkraut and shredded veggies in Mason jars. After getting to know the fermentation community, Masontops discovered a gap in the market: a simple, easy-to-use, airlock tool to automatically release gas during fermentation. So, we created the only one-piece airlock tool that requires no daily maintenance or water. The Pickle Pipe is an automatic airlock made of one simple silicone piece. As food ferments, it creates CO2 which is automatically released through the Pickle Pipe's one-way valve, ensuring your Mason jar doesn't explode from the pressure. The one-way valve also blocks oxygen from entering, preventing mold growth. Masontops products make food fermentation accessible to everyone, regardless of their experience level. We believe incorporating fermented foods into a balanced diet and active lifestyle will lead to a healthier and ultimately happier life. Fermented foods are loaded with good bacteria and probiotics that are proven to improve gut health, boost immunity and increase nutrients absorption. Many also believe fermented foods have attributed to alleviating depression, preventing allergic diseases in children and cancer prevention.