Harsch Gairtopf Miracle Fermenting Crock Pot

5 Liter Stone Model ME7409

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Harsch Gairtopf Fermenting Crock Pot Imported from Germany, this is old school technology. Composed of stoneware (ceramic, lead-free clay) with a lead-free glaze finish, the Harsch Gairtopf Fermenting Crock makes pickled veggies, sauerkraut, and other fermented dishes. A special cast gutter in the rim and water sealing system are made to create a seamless airlock. Fermentation gases can vent but air can't get in. White kham yeast won't be an issue with this crock. In four to six weeks you'll have up to five liters (one point three gallons) of tangy fermented vegetables. Use of ceramic weight stones eliminates mold. The Harsch Gairtopf comes with a one year warranty.

In general fermentation, Lactobacilli (and sometimes yeast) are used to preserve or pickle. A popular example once mainly found in Asia, Kimchi provided vegetables for people who had no access to fresh produce in winter. Called one of the world's five healthiest foods, it's rich in vitamins, aids in digestion, and is now becoming a more common, spicy addition to some American meals. Sauerkraut is probably better known as a European traditional dish of fermented cabbage. Lactic acid formed during fermentation gives it that distinct flavor.

Customers were pleased to discover no skimming is necessary as no scum forms on their creations. Buyers may want to be careful as coarse edges can scratch surfaces. Carefully check over the crock upon receipt and make sure there are no burrs on the underside.

The crock is not as common an item, but if you enjoy sour, tangy foods (or the sweet fermented variety) this would be a fun addition to the kitchen. Opens up a whole new world of food possibilities, especially for cooks who like to explore regional foreign foods or who like to experiment with some of the five flavors we don't see as often with an American diet.

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