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  • Item Weight: 56 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 56 pounds
  • ASIN: B000H6PAZW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,199 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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It scratches surfaces...use a towel beneath it!
Dianaru
This is a very sturdy product and works well for fermenting.
konrtst
The unique Harsch method of fermentation is proven.
Evelyn A. Getchell

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By NancyFancy on March 5, 2008
No doubt, this is a very nice crock. The picture on the web shows a taller crock, but the 5 liter size is actually a little wider and "squattier" than pictured. Height and width of the crock did not matter in my case. The crock I received had a few coarse pieces of pottery on the edges of the rims and on the bottom, which caused a deep scratch in my counter top. I used an emory board to smooth out the burrs, which took about thirty seconds. So just be careful when unpacking the crock...an emory board took off the rough spots very easily and did not leave any mark on the crock. This crock is heavy and extremely will packed for shipping. I really hesitated to spend $106.on one crock, but just the fact that this crock has a ring on the top which holds water to keep the contents clean has already made me a believer in it. This is a good size for one person. I would recommend a larger crock for a family.

Follow up: This is a VERY heavy crock when full.
Well, after two very deep scratches on my corian counter, I am going to adhere some thick felt or cork to the bottom of the crock. I did not completely remove the burrs on the bottom of the crock and it really messed up my counter. Set it on a cork pad or heavy felt before placing it on any surface. I am loving the results of the fermenting, though!

Here's an update on the crock: 2014

Eight years later, I am still using it for making kraut, once in a while. The rim has several chips in it, which I am not happy about! I am extremely careful when using the crock, it's to easy to get chips. Sometimes, I swear that the rim is just flaking by itself. No one else touches my crock, so I can't blame anyone for damaging it. I can't stand looking at all the chips, so lately I have been fermenting in half gallon ball jars. I feel that the material ought to be harder and not chip so easily!
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By John Worcester on March 13, 2007
This crock is not cheap, but if you are serious about making good sauerkraut with no hassles, the Harsch crock can't be beat. The water seal works flawlessly. No skimming required because the scum does not form.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn A. Getchell TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 7, 2010
I have had this Harsch Gairtopf Fermenting Crock Pot on my wish list for years. I at long last finally made the purchase when I found the 7.5.Litre size recently through an Amazon link for $119 and free shipping!!! It is the German fermentation stoneware crock by Harsch Steinzeug and has no labelling for Miracle (the sole importer) as it is shown at Amazon. (Mine just arrived from Germany. It was on back order for some time).

This fermentation crock pot is highest quality as you might expect from German craftsmen. It truly is the Mercedes Benz of stoneware fermentation pots. It is made of stoneware and covered with a lead-free glazing. It is beautiful and easy to handle, clean and use.

The unique Harsch method of fermentation is proven. The crock includes 2 stoneware weighing stones which replace the wooden board and cloth of other methods. (If you've ever done fermentation that way, you know the problems you can have). Furthermore the lid has a deep water groove which provides an airtight sealing that prevents undesired yeast from forming. Clear instructions are included as well as some basic recipes.

I debated for a long time between the 5 litre and 7.5 litre crocks. I ended up choosing the 7.5 litre size. (There are also larger ones ranging from 10 to 50 litres). I was a little afraid that I had chosen a crock much too large for just a single person like myself but I'm very glad I settled on the 7.5L. It's perfect although I would still like the 5L too so I can being doing a smaller batch of some other food, such as kimchi or pickles, fermenting at the same time.

I do have 4 large heads of organic cabbage, about 12 lbs, filling the 7.5L to capacity and fermenting beautifully right now.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By clarita apple on November 29, 2009
1/25/10 update: The second batch of sauerkraut using the new weighting stones came out perfectly. This crock really does make wonderful kraut. I can't wait to try it on pickles.

Here is my earlier review, which describes some problems I had:

I love sauerkraut and I make a lot of it in my trusty 1 gallon glass jars. It always comes out perfectly.

I recently got the Harsch 5 liter crock and followed directions to the letter. In fact, I had a whole lot of cabbage from the farmer's market so I started one batch in the Harsh and another in my glass jar at the same time. Same cabbage, same ingredients, same everything.

The glass jar batch was superb, Harsch batch spoiled, plain and simple. This is the first time I have EVER had a batch spoil in all the years I've been making the stuff. A bloom formed on the top of the water, another first. The kraut itself tasted bad, a kind of chalky taste - actually it tasted like the weighting stones that came with the Harsch (which I washed well before using). Those 'stones' are porous ceramic and may not be possible to clean thoroughly because of the pores. In any case, the kraut was so bad I had to throw it out.

Another thing - I left the crock undisturbed while the kraut was fermenting. When I lifted the pot today, a not so wonderful surprise greeted me: a whole bunch of mold under the pot that stained my floor. The bottom of the pot is scratchy, too, so there are some additional nicks and gouges on my floor. Neither the floor nor the pot was wet when I placed it there so I can't think how the mold formed. Unless there was some leakage from within the pot. I wonder if the bottom of the pot itself might be somewhat porous and 'sweaty', hence the mold.
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