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The Vegetable Fermentation Jar by ceramicist Sarah Kersten of Counter Culture Pottery, is specifically designed to facilitate an easy vegetable fermentation process. The rim of the jar is a trough that is filled with water, and the lid of the jar fits into that trough. This design is called a "water seal" and it creates an oxygen free environment inside the jar during the fermentation process. The benefits of this system are that it drastically reduces any mold issues associated with fermentation, avoids any fruit fly problem and odors that come with the process, and eliminates any brine evaporation. All of this combines to create a fermentation process that you don't have to "babysit" - you basically open the lid and the results are ready to be enjoyed.
Each piece is made with high-fired stoneware and glazed by hand for a nontoxic surface that is resistant to corrosion. There are three choices of glazes. The gunmetal black is a rich black with a silver-toned matte finish (please note that this glaze specifically has a tendency to take on a natural patina from being handled, which can be easily washed or wiped away.) The matte blue is a lovely muted shade of sky blue with a soft matte finish.The matte white is a warm-toned, muted shade of white with hints of glossy sheen and some of the natural clay barely peeking through. The crock really are a work of art and are intended to be something that you can use for years and share with others.
They come with a set of crescent-shaped weights to keep fermenting vegetables submerged in the brine, and a lovely letter-pressed booklet by Sharp Teeth Press that contains instructions for use and some suggestions for recipes.
Each crock holds approximately 1.5 gallons and measures 10.5" tall.
Made in Berkeley, California.