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Harsch Earthenware Fermentation Crock


Made in Germany
Harsch Crock

After reading about the health benefits of unpasturized lactic acid-fermented vegetables, we were convinced that adding them to our diet would be a beneficial step. Sauerkraut is hard to find unpasturized and other dvegetables are virtually unobtainable. So we set out to ferment our own with memories of skimming slime from past experiences. Thus we were delighted to discover a new fermentation crock manufactured by Harsch, a German company that has a patented gutter and lid which creates a water seal that does away with the need for constant cleaning. The Harsch crock makes it easy for you to ferment and eat fresh, locally grown vegetables. It eliminates the need for the skimming of kahm yeast, a white slimy substance that forms on the top of the sauerkraut where there is access to fresh air. While the kalm is not in the least harmful, it is disgusting, and it is so nice not having to wash the cloth, board or stone covering on a regular basis during fermentation. Kept in a cool place, the Harsch crock can be left alone for months while the vegetables inside get better and better. The only chore that these crocks demand is that you occasionally top up the water in the gutter that seals off the contents from the outside air.

Ceramic Pickling Crock The Harsch Fermentation Crocks are covered with a lead free glaze and are very easy to clean. They feature sturdy carrying handles that add to the stability of the gutter by acting as buttresses. The crocks come with two small, semicircular, stoneware "weight stones" that are designed to rest on top of the vegetables to create the pressure needed for fermentation, and to protect the food from decay. With the Harsch Crock there is no need for the traditional paraphernalia of cloth, board or stone, and best of all the kahn yeast no longer forms. Simple instructions with recipes are included with the crocks.
We are sorry the Harsch crocks are out of stock. Please check out one of the other fine crocks below. Call us at 1-888-891-8411 for Harsch replacement lids and stones.

Ohio Stoneware

European-Style Fermenting Crocks

Made in USA

These traditional European style Fermentation Crocks bring you old world functionality with an American flare. The signature Ohio Stoneware blue on white glaze is lead free and won't absorb taste or odors, plus it is easy to clean.

Natural lactic acid fermentation is one of the oldest, easiest and healthiest ways to preserve food. It allows vegetables to retain more vitamins, minerals and enzymes while improving their flavor and digestibility. The Romans, Chinese and Japanese all used lactic acid fermentation extensively. It was also well know by seafarers that sauerkraut helped protect one from getting scurvy and other illnesses. Because of these benefits, and the ease of preparation in these Ohio Stoneware Crocks, lactic acid fermentation (pickling) is experiencing a revival today.

With the lid water lock system, worrying about dust and skimming slime off the top of your crock is a thing of the past. This system, along with the weight stones, make the Ohio Stoneware fermentation crocks much easier to use than open top stoneware pots, which must be tended often and very carefully. With these crocks you only need to check that the water in the gutter is topped off until you are ready to check to see if your kraut or pickles are done. They are great for pickling beans, beets, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, onions, peppers, tomatoes, turnips and more.

These Pickling Crocks come complete with lid, weight stones and an instruction sheet featuring a few recipes to get you started. Dia. 11" Ht. 15.5" Wt. 25lbs

3 Gallon Ohio Stoneware Pickling Crock 3 gal. (11.35L) Stock # 2264 We are sorry the Ohio Crock is out of stock. We are expecting more the end of Aug. Price $100.95 Quantity
Ohio Stoneware Fermentation Crock
Nik Shmitt Pickling Crocks

Nik Schmitt Fermentation Crocks

Made in Germany

Nik Schmitt is carrying on the German tradition of quality stoneware with their Gärtopf pickling crocks. They are made to high German standards and are coated with an even brown glaze. They are free of contaminates such as lead and cadmium and easy to wash.

Traditional lactic acid fermentation is the healthy way to preserve your food. Fermented food is packed with vitamins, enzymes and pro-biotics. The Nik Schmitt fermentation crocks come complete with lid and stones to make the job trouble free. The air-tight sealing with the lid and gutter helps prevent mold growth and unpleasant odors. No more skimming of kahm yeast or trying to find a makeshift weight to hold your vegetables under the brine.

The Nik Schmitt crocks can help you enjoy pickling almost any vegetable including cabbage, pumpkin, cucumber, carrots, and more. They are great for making traditional treats such as sauerkraut, kosher dills, kimchi, sour beans, hot sauce, and pickled peppers. Simple instructions with recipes are included with the crocks.

Nik Schmitt Pickling Crock 5L (1.3 gal.) Stock # 2254 Price $96.99 Quantity

Nik Schmitt Pickling Crock 10L (2 3/4 gal.) Stock # 2255 Price $121.95 Quantity

Nik Schmitt Pickling Crock 15L (4 gal.) Stock # 2256 Price $159.95 Quantity

Nik Schmitt Pickling Crock 20L (5 1/3 gal.) Stock # 2257 Price $200.95 Quantity

Nik Schmitt Pickling Crock 25L (6 2/3 gal.) Stock # 2258 Price $229.95 Quantity
We are sorry the 25L Nik Crock is out of stock. We are expecting more the end of Aug.
Nik Schmitt Pickling Crock 30L (8 gal.) Stock # 2259 Price $244.95 Quantity
We are sorry the 30L Nik Crock is out of stock. We are expecting more the end of Aug.
Nik Schmitt Pickling Crock 40L (10 3/4 gal.) Stock # 2260 Price $331.95 Quantity
Polish Fermentation Crock

Polish Fermentation Pots

These beautifully crafted, honey pot style stoneware crock pots are the perfect aid in pickling your vegetables, and making delicious and nutritious sauerkraut. They are made in Poland, where the highly enriched vitrified clays provide the strongest and most elegant building material for clay pottery and ceramics. These fermentation crock pots are made by craftsmen who carry on this traditional art form that has been passed down to them. These crocks are designed with an airtight, water-sealable cover so that you do not have to repeatedly open them to scrape off surface mold, yeast or scum. You simply pour a small amount of water into the channel on top, and the cover's design will allow fermentaion gases to escape without letting oxygen in. These crock pots bring to your kitchen the trouble free way of pickling.  You don't even need to check inside until you think your kraut or pickles might be done! We include a set of weight stones free with your crock so you are all set to go.
Polish Fermentation Pot 5L (1 1/3 gal.) Stock # 2174

Price $91.99 Quantity
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Polish Fermentation Pot 10L
Polish Fermentation Pot 10L (2 3/4 gal.) Stock # 2050

Price $113.95 Quantity
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Polish Fermentation Pot 15L
Polish Fermentation Pot 15L (4 gal.) Stock # 2051
Price $149.95 Quantity
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Polish Fermentation Pot 20L
Polish Fermentation Pot 20L (5 1/3 gal.) Stock # 2052 Price $176.95 Quantity
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Polish Fermentation Pot 40L (10 2/3 gal.) Stock # 2077

Price $331.95 Quantity
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Be sure to have a look at our Mandolin and Cabbage Slicers to make the task of filling your new crock with vegetables quick and easy. Also, see the Johnson Controls Thermostat to aid in keeping your Sauerkraut at the ideal temperature while fermenting.
The new world was discovered because of Europe's desire to find a trade route to the spices of the orient. Once you start making Saurkraut you'll find that the variety of tastes you can concoct is limited only by your creativity. To help you with the ancient art of lactic acid fermentation we offer you a variety of traditional herbs and spices from Frontier Naturals.
SS Slicer

Fermentation Crock

Health Benefits of Fermented foods

Lactic acid-fermented vegetables are not only tasty, but they also exert stimulating and healing effects on our various body functions. Unpasturized sauerkraut eliminates disease-causing "bad" bacteria, and reintroduces friendly "good" bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, which are necessary for healthy digestion and proper elimination of waste products. Lactic acid-fermented vegetables are highly nutritious and low in calories. They contain high amounts of vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Lactic acid-fermented vegetables have been used for their healing benefits as far back as 50AD, and a volume of new research is continually discovering new benefits. Medical research shows that sauerkraut and other lactic acid-fermented vegetables lower the level of fat in the blood, strengthen the heart, improve circulation, and help lower blood pressure. Research also shows that lactic acid-fermented foods encourage pancreatic function which is of benefit to diabetics. They stimulate digestive secretions, and detoxify and activate the intestines to prevent constipation. They support the body's immune system. All this and they are delicious besides!

Sauerkraut Stomper for mason jar

Wooden Cabbage Tamper for sauerkraut and more

Handmade in the USA
Whatever you want to call it; stomper, stamper, tamper, pounder, mallet, or masher, this kitchen tool gets the job done. These Sauerkraut Tampers are turned of solid wood, salvaged from trees blown down in storms that would have been left in the woods to rot or used for firewood. When you purchase one of these Sauerkraut Tampers from us you are helping to preserve healthy forest management.

Because these Kraut Pounders are made by a local craftsman by hand, each one has a slightly different shape, feel, color and appearance, but each and everyone is made with your needs in mind and is ready to be of service to you.

These Wooden Cabbage Tampers measure 24 inches long, by 31/2 inches in diameter. Of course, all measurements are approximate and will vary slightly. The 24 inch length is adequate for you to have good reach in even a large sauerkraut crock. The wide base gives you good surface area for packing after each new layer of cabbage, salt, and spices is added to your crock. Used in circular patterns it releases juices from the cabbage, giving you a good pack, and getting your fermentation off to a good start.

To wash your Wooden Sauerkraut Tamper, simply scrub throughly in warm water, wipe dripping water immediately, and set to dry. The Wooden Cabbage-Sauerkraut Tamper is a wonderful companion to our Harsh Crocks.

Stock # 1822 Price $21.95 Quantity
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Wooden Tamper Seconds These seconds have small imperfections or blemishes such as dents, dings, scratches, or small cracks. They are just a functional as our regular stompers but will leave a little extra cash in your pocket!

Stock # 100 Price $17.95 Quantity
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Small Wooden Tamper The small Wooden Cabbage Tampers measure 12 inches long, by 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Of course, all measurements are approximate and will vary slightly. The 12 inch length is adequate for you to have good reach in small crocks & most jars.
Stock # 2242 Price $10.00 Quantity
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SauerKraut Tamper
Norpro Stainless Steel Potato Masher

Potato-Sauerkraut Masher

By Norpro

This Potato Masher works great for making light, fluffy mashed potatoes, or for tamping down cabbage to release the juices for making sauerkraut. You'll find your Potato Masher a handy and versatile kitchen tool for many a cooking task, making your work quick and easy. The Potato Masher is made of stainless steel making clean up a snap, and leaving no metallic taste residue in your food. It has a stainless steel solid filled handle providing comfort and ease of use. A handy hanging loop is built into the handle. The Potato Masher measures 12 inches tall, by 41/4 inches wide, by 3 inches deep.
Stock # 1821 Price $10.50 Quantity
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Acu-Rite Kitchen Essentials

Refrigerator/Freezer Thermometer

The Acu Rite Thermometer's scale reads from 80° F to -20° F, making it useful in either your refrigerator or freezer. It even has the "safe temperature zones" for both refrigerated and frozen foods clearly marked for your convenience. It is great for monitoring the temperature for your lactic acid fermentation, cheese making, etc.

The Kitchen Essentials Thermometer has 4 way universal mounting system enabling you to select the position that fits your needs.

  1. Hang from a wire rack
  2. Hang from side wall with suction cup
  3. Hang from glass shelf
  4. Stand on glass shelf
The Acu-Rite thermometer has a 1 year warranty.
Stock # 1826 Price $3.95 Quantity
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Acu Rite Refrigerator Thermometer

Making Sauerkraut

And pickled vegetables at home

by Klaus Kaufmann and Annelies Schoneck

Making Sauerkraut by Klaus Kaufmann and Annelies Schoneck is your handbook to lactic-acid fermentation - the ancient and proven preservation method. Lactic acid-fermented vegetables are both great tasting and a component of natural healing. In Making Sauerkraut the authors teach on lactic acid-fermented vegetables; their great taste, how to prepare them, how to use them in creative recipes and, most importantly, why they make us and keep us healthy and rejuvenated. The authors cover lactic-acid fermentation's history, and ethnic journey. They teach on probiotics for health.

The how-to section is indepth with lists of supplies needed, and step by step instructions, including tips on using your Harsch Crock. The recipes are diverse covering many vegetables, herbs, and spices. The health section starts with Hippocrates stating the need for our nourishment to be curative and our cures to be nourishing. What an apt description of lactic-acid fermented vegetables - medicine from the kitchen to be sure.

The back cover sports this educational "did you know" list?
  • Sauerkraut eliminates disease-causing bacteria and reintroduces friendly bacteria such as lactobacillus acidophilus, to the digestive system.
  • Lactic acid-fermented foods contain potent enzymes that boost metabolism.
  • Lactic acid-fermented recipes are excellent for those with lactose intolerance and weakened digestive systems.
  • Lactic acid-fermented foods are a useful part of holistic cancer therapy.
  • Sauerkraut contains substances that improve sleep patterns, lower blood pressure, and strengthen the heart.
Making Sauerkraut also provides numerous mouth watering recipes for eating your fresh-made sauerkraut. One of my favorites is Sauerkraut with Shredded Carrots and Dates:
2 cups sauerkraut
1 1/2 cups carrots, shredded
1 cup dates, sliced
4 Tbsp cold-pressed walnut or flax seed or pumpkin seed oil
2 medium-size jalapeno peppers, finely chopped (optional)
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and serve. Yum!

Making Sauerkraut is an Alive Natural Health Book - concise and information packed, full of wonderful nuggets of healthful encouragement. Making Sauerkraut is 60 pages full. The pages are sturdy enough to accompany you on your culinary journey in the kitchen.

Stock # 1292 Price $10.95 Quantity
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Making Sauerkraut and Pickled Vegetables at Home

The Perfect Pickler

Perfect Pickler Pickle Maker with Air Lock The Perfect Pickler makes easy work of turning just about any vegetable into delicious, healthful, traditionally fermented pickles, and it will do it in just 4 days compared to several weeks in conventional crocks. With the Perfect Pickler your pickles are made in a sealed container, with an "air lock" on top, to allow fermenting gases to escape, but won't allow outside air in. This keeps your pickles cleaner. I love making pickles in the Perfect Pickler because it is so easy. The Perfect Pickler allows everyone the chance to have fresh fermented foods all the time. It is smaller and lighter than most stone crocks, yet produces very similar results. Its smaller size makes it easy to have more than one going at a time, allowing you to have different vegetables without the hassle of large quantities, and large crocks taking up space. The Perfect Pickler does not take the place of stoneware crocks, but it does give you more versatility with its size. It makes great Sauerkraut, as well as, just about any other fermented foods. The Perfect Pickler's plastic jar holds 64 oz.

What a great kitchen tool for every day macrobiotic meals, or aiding those with digestive challenges in need of those vital enzymes and probiotics.
We are sorry the Perfect Pickler is out of stock.
Picklemeister with Lactic acid fermentation
Pickling jar kit only

The Picklemeister

Glass Fermentation Jar

With the Picklemeister you can have lactic acid fermented vegetables such as dill pickles, sauerkraut or kimchi on your table in just 4-5 days. Best of all, the Picklemeister comes with a non-plastic, glass jar. The Picklemeister comes in your choice of a 1 gallon or 1/2 gallon size. The generous sized jar allows you to keep an abundant supply of fermented vegetables on hand.

There may be no easier or more cost effective way to get your daily dose of beneficial vitamins, minerals, enzymes and probiotics than with lactic acid fermented vegetables. They actually taste delicious and are so much cheaper than many costly supplements. The variety of pickled vegetables that can be made is endless; from traditional dill pickles, sauerkraut and kim chi to pickled radishes, beets, carrots, okra, parsnips, corn, celery, squash, garlic, peppers, brussels sprouts, pumpkin, apples, beans, etc. Add to that your choices of an endless variety of spices, and as you can see, the sky is the limit.

The Picklemeister is easy to use. You simply pack the jar full of your vegetables, add the brine, screw on the lid, insert the air lock, and set it in a cool place (60F-75) for 4-5 days.

The Picklemeister includes everything you need to began fermenting your vegetables: a glass jar, a cap with rubber plug and stopper, a double bubble air lock, and a second lid that works as a weight to keep food submerged under the brine. Full instructions, plus a few simple basic recipes are included to get you started. The book Making Sauerkraut and Pickled Vegetables at Home by Klaus Kaufmann and Annelies Schoneck provides a wealth of information on lactic acid fermentation. It is available above.

Picklemeister 1 Gallon Glass Fermentation Jar

Stock # 1780 Price $19.95 Quantity
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Picklemeister 1/2 Gallon Glass Fermentation Jar

Stock # 1918 Price $19.95 Quantity
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Picklemeister 2 1/2 Gallon Glass Fermentation Jar

Please note that the 2.5 gallon Picklemeister has a larger dia. so the lids are not interchangable with the 1 gallon or 1/2 gallon sizes.
Stock # 2244 Price $45.00 Quantity
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Picklemeister mason jar kit only

Please note this is the kit only and dosn't include the jar. It is made to fit a standard mouth mason jar. It will not fit a wide mouth jar.
Stock # 2243 Price $10.00 Quantity
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Picklemeister with KimChi
Glass Pickling jar 2 1/2 gallon
PickleMeister Glass Lid Upgrade only

Glass Weight upgrade for Picklemeister

or 1 cup storage container w/lid

You can use this 1 cup glass container without its lid to replace the plastic spacer that comes with the Picklemeister. For those of you who would prefer glass, instead of plastic, to be in contact with your food this is a great upgrade. Using this container, the only plastic left in the Picklemeister is the top lid which does not really come in contact with your food. This glass upgrade takes up a little more room in your Picklemeister, so when you are filling your fermenting jar keep this in mind, and leave a little extra space at the top of the jar. This custard cup also makes a good baking dish, as well as a food storage container. It is great for leftovers with its plastic slip-on-lid to keep food fresh.
Stock # 1813 Price $2.95 Quantity
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1/2 or 1 Gallon Glass Jar for Kombucha, Sun tea, ect.

or Replacement Jar for Picklemeister

These glass jars are great for making Kombucha tea and sun tea, as well as for storing bulk herbs, dried foods, cereals, grains, or just about any kind of food or craft items. They can also be used as an additional or replacement jar for your Picklemeister or Perfect Pickler should you need one. That way you can store your fermented pickles in the refrigerator while getting your next batch going. You never have to be without.

The jar comes with a polypropylene flat cap with a foam liner which makes a tight seal, and is not harmed by liquids or moisture as some metal lids and seals are.

The gallon jar measures 10 inches tall by 6 inches in diameter, and the inside diameter of the mouth is 3 7/8 inches.
Stock # 1781 Price $9.95 Quantity
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1/2 Gallon Glass Fermentation Jar - Measures 6 3/8 inches tall by 6 inches in diameter, and the inside diameter of the mouth is 3 7/8 inches.
Stock # 1919 Price $9.95 Quantity
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Kombucha Jar

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