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Healthnuts - Schmitt 5L Gairtopf German Fermenting Crock Pot - ME3205

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  • Shipping Weight: 17 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B002EC2BZO
  • Item model number: 5 Ltr.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,662 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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Customer Reviews

At 5 liters it is about the perfect size for a household like ours.
John Spirko
I'd previously made a batch of saurkraut without the sealing lid on the Gairtopf fermenters and it grew lots of yeast/mold and smelled awful.
Tammy
Quality product well worth the money will be something my grand kids will use on their homestead someday.
Non nobis

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By John Spirko on November 7, 2011
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My grandparents made fermented veg of all forms when I was a kid, they had several huge crocks and a big basement to keep stuff in. Recently I had a guy on my podcast talking about making sauerkraut and other fermented vegetables. I realized a few things...

1. I missed this stuff

2. My grandparents crocks were too big for a household with two people and no basement

3. I wanted something like they had

So I found this one and noticed it included stones with it. I have my first batch going now, cabbage, apples, carrots and caraway seeds. I sampled some at 4 days in, just beginning to get tangy but I can tell it is going to be awesome. I am now looking into fermented hot sauce and trying to recreate my Grandmothers Chow Chow. I was actually here to buy a two more of them but they are currently out of stock. I would like to have two to three going with different stuff at all times from now on.

At 5 liters it is about the perfect size for a household like ours. I highly recommend this item. There are some other nice ones here about the same size and I am sure they are fine, many also have the water lock which is really nice. I just like the form factor of this one a lot. You can have three or four on a shelf or what have you with no problems. They will also fit in a fridge. I did up two normal size heads of cabbage, about half a pound of carrots and 4 apples in my batch and it packed down to about 60% of the space. So I figure it is plenty large enough for daily use. If I had a root cellar I would probably buy a larger crock.

Jack Spirko
Host of The Survival Podcast
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 6, 2012
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I bought this crock pot because it was German made. I also wanted to be able to ferment vegetables easier than putting the vegetables in mason jars. With mason jars, you have to release the gases each day and then they leak and its a real mess and pain in the neck. With this crock pot, I put all the vegetables I was fermenting in at once and put on the stones for weight (stones come with the crock which is more sanitary than using rocks) and then when the lid is on there is a trough for water to seal the crock and make it air tight.

I did not have to check it until 9 days later when I opened it to find that all my vegetables had fermented well without any mold, etc. I love this crock pot!!! It holds about 2-3 very large heads of cabbage at a time which is enough for my husband and myself. I actually prefer to ferment smaller quantities because I am always trying a different recipe with different vegetables. This 5L crock is large enough for the two of us plus I am always fermenting something in it to give to the neighbors. It is not too large to wash and clean. Some people buy crocks that are so large its a real problem to clean them. I clean this one in the kitchen sink easily.

When my vegetables are fermented to my liking, I then place them in mason jars and set them in the refridgerator. I always have some smaller mason jars to fill and give away as gifts too. People are really excited to recieve a gift of fermented vegetables because it is truly a unique homemade gift.

By using this crock pot, there is never a question if the fermenting is going to come out okay or not. I feel its easy to use and fool-proof when it comes to fermenting. I highly recommend the quality of this crock and the stones which come with it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Winter on May 9, 2013
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This was a 5 star product at a very good price in comparison to the others and it included in the price, the clay ring to weigh the top of the vegetables down where some others didn't. The water ring on top kept ALL the fermenting vegetables fresh whereas often you have to throw away the top part of your fermented vegetables due to air getting in. I have made both saurcraute and Korean kimchee in this pot and I get lots and lots of compliments. I dont use salt, but take (about 1/4 of the vegetable mixture) using 2 large cabbages total & anything else you want for the crock pot and mix it in a vitamix with about 3 cups to a quart of water along with opening two probiotic capsules and mixing them in the brine. Pour this all over the veg in the crock after I have tamped them down with a big wooden dowel to break down the cell walls of the vegetables so they can ferment better. Wallah, the best saurcraute you ever tasted with billions of very healthy probiotics in it. I put it in glass jars and refrigerate. There is just me and it lasts about 3 weeks. Even for two people, I wouldnt get a larger size because this makes a lot and also I dont think I could lift something bigger very well. This is managable in the kitchen. I fill it in the sink so it is lower and pound the vegetables as I fill it. It is easier to get the veg out too when it is in the sink. I live in Hawaii and so veg ferment faster here. I start tasting it after about 3 days and usually the 4th or 5th day it is ready. Keep checking regularly as one day can make it too sour.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MM in Austin on December 29, 2012
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This crock works great for fermenting foods and the size is just right for me. The trough lip on the crock (when scrupulously kept filled with water) keeps the yeast and molds out of the batch and results in a much cleaner fermentation than all other methods that I've tried. My sauerkraut batches are normally 12-13 lbs of shredded cabbage which ferment for 6 weeks, and one batch is ready as the previous batch is exhausted so I'm in continuous production.

The Schmitt comes with the stones (which the competitors all charge more for) which are mandatory for keeping the cabbage submerged, and yet the price is cheaper that the competitors' prices. I'd say it's a best buy.
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