Harsch Gairtopf Fermenting Crock Pot - 10.0 Liter - ME7420
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Tried to use other equipment and had some problems.
When useing this pot, took all the work out of changing
and checking. Put all vegtables in and left for 30 days,
just added water to the outside well once a week.
Would not use anything else. Am going to get one
more and then will have enough to do pickles,
mixed vegtables, and kraut.
The problems came after that first batch. I poured boiling water over the fitted, weighted stones which come with it and on the inside of the lid and inside the crock. The stones and inside the lid were unfinished, and grew mold on them while drying! In a drying rack with good circulation... I again poured boiling water on the parts before I stuffed it again with vegetables, and made fine kraut for a second time.
But before I started my first batch of kimchi(!!!) after trying to sterilize the weights they once again grew mold before they were done drying. I thought they were supposed to be non-porous but there was tiny mold particles all over it. I poured two rounds of boiling water on the stones and inside the lid before stuffing it with chinese cabbage and spice paste but still I don't know how to wash this thing and keep it sterilized....so four stars out of five, four stars for helping me produce yummy awesome kraut and probably great kimchi, minus one star for being such a b$*#! to keep fungus off of.
I bought this smaller container ( 10 liter ) for making smaller batches of pickles with recipes that I want to experiment with and either 'improve' or 'perfect' according to personal taste.
These pots are beautifully made and they are perfect for their stated function. Anaerobic fermentation is perfect with the seal completed by adding water to the pot's top. It is a major investment financially, yes, but well worth it if you like to make pickles and do preserving. They are also aesthetically pleasing and quite lovely to look at placed strategically in your kitchen or elsewhere in the home.
Followed the instructions. After six weeks, I transfered the Russian Sauerkraut to jars and refrigerated. It tastes fantastic -- like no other sauerkraut I've had! The Russian Sauerkraut recipe requires a lot more work to shred all of the different vegetables, but after putting it in the crock, it's no work at all. Having a food processor that shreds and a digital scale that measures grams/kilograms makes life easier for the more involved Russian Sauerkraut recipe.
The 20 liter crock was used to create Oxeye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) and Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) blossom wine. Got the recipe online. It required picking 1-1/2 gallons of Oxeye Daisy blossoms and 1-1/2 gallons of Red Clover blossoms plus other ingredients. The wine is corked in bottles and will be ready in 6 months. Now that these projects are done, I'll be trying Orpine (Hylotelephium telephium) pickles and Riverbank Grape (Glechoma hederacea) wine. I like that these crocks can be used for a variety of different things, not just sauerkraut.
Pros: I like using healthier materials to make food products and prefer to avoid plastics (even if "food grade"). It seems very well-made and sturdy. Cons: I had to be careful to rub and wash the weighing stones thoroughly before the first use to get any grit off them so it didn't get in the food. These crocks can be very heavy when full, especially the 20 liter crock. They are a little pricey.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well made product. The lid fits on the crock well with the water channel to seal the fermenter. the ceramic weights are great. Read morePublished 9 months ago by C. Lee
Make everything from wine to sauerkraut in this pot...it is AWESOME!Published 15 months ago by Barb B.
I feel very blessed to have one of these pots, it makes perfect fermented veggies for me every time.Published 18 months ago by Stef
I've used this for kraut and pickles. It's heavy and a bit of work, but that's what you sign up for if you're pickling or canning. The crock works fine. Cleans up well.Published 22 months ago by Ronbo
A bit pricey but this thing is awesome. It makes some of the best crunchy, sour, wonderful kraut you will ever taste without dealing with the mold issue with the traditional... Read morePublished on May 21, 2014 by Vince Goble
My husband and I work together to make kraut. Have had good results each time used. Stays In a corner In dining room when in use.Published on January 7, 2014 by Carolyn F. Green
I like the principle of the design of this crock. Disappointed in the delicacy of the finish. I have babied mine and in the course of washing it and moving it there are little... Read morePublished on December 14, 2013 by tssis
This crock is fantastic. It makes the process of sauerkraut simple. The only complaint I can make against it is its weight. My husband has to carry it around for me. Read morePublished on December 14, 2013 by P. Woodland
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