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Discover one of the oldest, easiest and healthiest ways to preserve food. Natural lactic acid fermentation allows vegetables to retain more vitamins and minerals than other methods. Plus, styled after the traditional European fermenting pots, these crocks are made for easier use.
  • Designed for making sizable batches of sauerkraut or preserving food for a large family or emergencies.
  • Lead-free, food-safe glaze will not retain foods' flavors and makes cleanup easy
  • Two semicircular weight stones rest on top of food and create pressure needed for proper fermentation
  • Also make excellent containers for kindling, feed, seed, plants or decorations
  • Rustic dark brown with rounded handles
  • Made in Germany
Larger crocks are available at our retail store in Kidron, Ohio. They are too large to ship, so they must be picked up at our store.

* NOTE: An additional $25 shipping surcharge is required.

European-Style Fermenting Crocks

Discover one of the oldest, easiest and healthiest ways to preserve food. Natural lactic acid fermentation allows vegetables to retain more vitamins and minerals than other methods. Plus, styled after the traditional European fermenting pots, these crocks are made for easier use. <ul> <li>Designed for making sizable batches of sauerkraut or preserving food for a large family or emergencies. </li> <li>Lead-free, food-safe glaze will not retain foods' flavors and makes cleanup easy </li> <li>Two semicircular weight stones rest on top of food and create pressure needed for proper fermentation </li> <li>Also make excellent containers for kindling, feed, seed, plants or decorations </li> <li>Rustic dark brown with rounded handles </li> <li>Made in Germany</li> </ul> <em>Larger crocks are available at our retail store in Kidron, Ohio. They are too large to ship, so they must be picked up at our store. </em> <p> </p> crock, sauerkraut, sour krout, sour kraut, sauer kraut, stoneware
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EUROPEAN-STYLE FERMENTING CROCKS DESCRIPTION
When the gutter around the rim is filled with water and the heavy lid placed on top, an air-tight seal forms to protect food from air and decay. (The gutter must be occasionally refilled as water evaporates.) These crocks can be kept in a cool place for months, letting the vegetables inside ferment naturally.

5-Liter Crock - Holds approx. 1-1/3 gallons; 12-1/2"H (w/ lid), 10-1/4"D, 9-1/4"OD, 5"ID, stones 2 lb, total wt 16 lb. Germany.

10-Liter - Holds approx. 2-3/5 gallons; 13-1/2"H (w/lid), 12"D, 11"OD, 5-7/8"ID, stones 3 lb, total wt 17-1/4 lb. Germany.

15-Liter Crock - Holds approx. 4 gallons; 16-1/4"H (w/ lid), 14"D, 10-3/4"OD, 6"ID, stones 2-3/4 lb, total wt 21-1/4 lb. Germany.

20-Liter Crock - Holds approx. 5-1/4 gallons; 16-3/4"H (w/ lid), 14-3/4"D, 12-1/4"OD, 6-7/8"ID, stones 4-1/4 lb, total wt 27-1/4 lb. Germany.

Note: Weight stones vary in color. Because German-made crocks are handmade, measurements may slightly vary. Also, there are often imperfections in the finish where the lighter tan of the ceramic shows through the dark brown glaze. These imperfections do not affect the performance.

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Customer Reviews of European-Style Fermenting Crocks
Product Rating: 4.8 out of 5.0(29 reviews)
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- 3/25/2014
said: edward seal
"Bought 2 of these crocks to make sauerkraut. They arrived in good condition. I'm a first timer at making this. I found the videos on how to make kraut on your website. Very informative."
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- 2/14/2014
said: Deborah D'Amico
"This is my first purchase with Lehman's and I know I will be shopping here in the future. This crock is a great value when comparing prices elsewhere and you can order without worrying too much about breakage in transit (we're in Reno,NV & Lehman's is in Kidron,OH-that's a lot of miles!) I was telling a friend about the delivery because it arrived thoroughly packed, in perfect condition and appears exactly like the photo. Thanks Lehman's for offering and delivering a great product!"
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- 11/17/2013
said: Kathryn Grosz
"I purchased two of these crocks. They really are great. I finally took a class on how to make sauerkraut and it worked the first try. The instructor said we would get yeast growing on the top. I had zero gunk on top. I think this is because of the crock's cover and the fact that you put water in the trough around the top of the lid and that keeps unwanted stuff out. I did open it a couple of times to push on the stones to get excess air out. The kraut tastes amazing. Very happy with this crock."
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- 1/30/2013
said: Anonymous User
"I just finished my first batch of sauerkraut. It is delicious. My crock arrived with a broken lid, but customer service sent a new one promptly. The crock was easy to use. Overall I am satisfied with my purchase and would like to buy additional crocks in the future."
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- 9/11/2012
said: K Gordon
"Waited for the first batch to finish to review the 5L Crock. It worked great!! Easy to use, easy to pack, even nice to have on the kitchen counter. The sauerkraut is excellent & I'm very happy with it."
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- 8/18/2012
said: Bob Billings
"Best crocks ever, we have the 5, 10 and 20 liter and keep them busy all year round. We will be passing through Kidron, Ohio again this year and plan to purchase another one. Thanks Lehman's you stock some of the best products in the country."
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- 6/14/2012
said: Travis
"Although this crock was extremely well packaged, it arrived with a hairline crack in it. I was new to crocking and was concerned the crack might separate over time. I called customer service and was told just to keep it and they promptly sent out a new one! I made kraut in the new one and also the cracked one with great results. Love these beautiful crocks and Lehman's customer service! Thanks."
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- 5/7/2012
said: Gary
"this item is awesome. I thought maybe I should have ordered the smaller one but now I am glad I got this one. I can heads of cabbage at one time. I love to share so when I make a batch I share what I dont want. Awesome product!"
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- 12/29/2011
said: Jeanie
"Just received my crock today via UPS. WOW! I was a little leary of paying so much for shipping, but now I understand. The crock was VERY well protected and arrived without a hitch. I ordered the 10L and was quite surprised at how large it really is...it will be perfect for our needs. Thanks Lehman's for another great product! Can't wait to get to the garden and get the cabbage fermenting!"
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- 12/26/2011
said: Shelley
"Very well packaged. Arrived very quickly. Very good service."
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- 11/19/2011
said: Carole Gray
"This is the BEST Purchase I have made in a very long time! I have made saurkraut in my crock from Lehmans , 3 times!! All have turned out perfect! I liked it soo much I wanted my friend to have one so I purchased another! :) This crock is well worth the investment. The saurkraut,when finisherd comes out cleaner, that any other I have seen, an so easy to maintain during the fermentation process. the only thing you have to do is keep the well full of water! . Thank You Leman's for the great packing an shipping! C"
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- 11/19/2011
said: Nancy B.
"Thank you Will S. for incredible packing. The UPS man was even excited to see it. First batch is almost done, can't keep from "testing" it when filling water ledge, what freshness and crunch. Just push down on stones to keep covered.Our kraut recipe is from Root Cellaring 1979 Mike and Nancy Bubel book. Wonderful.Thank you again Lehmans."
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- 11/18/2011
said: Randolph J Ruwe
"I purchased the 15 liter crock, and just love it!! There is no need to daily clear the scum off the top of the fermenting kraut (kahm). Just make sure the water in the lid grove is maintained and don't open for 2 weeks. Kraut, Kimchee whatever you ferment comes out perfect. I also recommend the Caldwell's Starter Culture. One thing I would like to see though is that the bricks that are placed on top of the kraut were glazed. If you make something like Kimchee the unglazed bricks pick up and hold that odor."
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- 11/14/2011
said: Ann Pobutsky & Enrico Neri
"This is the perfect crock I have found so far for making sauerkraut and kimchee. The lid is constructed so that there is a water barrier which prevents bugs from getting in (our usual problem making kim chee here in Hawaii)during fermentation."
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- 10/14/2011
said: Carole Gray
"These crocks are outstanding! I purchased the 5 liter crock, and made my 1st batch of sauerkraut , it was soo good it was gone in two weeks! every one that ate it raved about how good it was! A neighbor is ordering one for his daughter!.. Thank You Lehman's... PS.. my second batch is in the Crock as I write this!!:)"
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- 10/11/2011
said: Kristi N
"I had searched everywhere for a good crock and a good price. Lehmans is the place to buy. They are cheaper than amazon and other websites i checked out. My crock came quickly and was so carefully packed. I am excitedly waiting my first batch of Kraut and Am so happy with this crock. The ten liter size is a great way to go because it has the weights you can make a lot or only fill it half way. Five stars for me! thank you Lehmans for great service and great products! Kristi"
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- 7/6/2011
said: Gayla
"This is really a great crock but I probably could have used a smaller one."
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- 5/11/2011
said: B Smith
"Arrived in perfect shape. Made our first kraut today. So far we are very pleased with this crock. Cannot hardly wait until the kraut is ready to eat."
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- 4/25/2011
said: Greg LeFever
"I bought two and always have a batch of sauerkraut or sauerrubben in process. The water seal around the lid is excellent at keeping odors away. Cleaning is easy. And best of all, the kraut is so excellent my family and friends love it. These are wonderful crocks and worth the price! Thank you, Lehman's!"
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- 3/10/2011
said: Patricia J
"These crocks are wonderful especially for the price. They work perfectly returning to you perfectly fermented cabbage in about four weeks time. I love the lid system as it cuts down on maintenance of the sauerkraut. After using once I love it so much I bought 3 more in different sizes. The only thing that was a bit frustrating was the opening even on the 20L is to small to fit a med. lg. whole head through the opening to ferment whole heads so I had to take off about 3-4 layers of leaf for the head to fit through the opening. No big deal though, these crocks are worth getting."
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- 1/28/2011
said: L. McWilliams
"My husband bought the 20 liter crock for me as a Christmas gift. I was so surprised and excited! It was packaged perfectly and weathered the trip to Alaska in excellent condition. Makes great kraut too! I would highly recommend this product."
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- 1/1/2011
said: Lisa
"Happy to promote a terrific product from an outstanding company. This Gairtopf crock is exactly what it is promoted to be, and I was thrilled to find it at an affordable price. I had no questions before I bought, but afterwards Galen (owner) and Sharon (cust service) went above and beyond researching questions I had. So impressed all around - thank you!"
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- 12/26/2010
said: Deb
"Great design and it was packed very safely. Arrived in wonderful condition and very fast shipping. Thank you for this gift that is so unique. Perfect for someone who has made his own sauerkraut for years - a family tradition."
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- 11/3/2010
said: Carla Myers
"I love this crock. It is very easy to use. Very affordable, even with the packing charge. Couldn't find it anywhere else for this price. I am using it for fermented food for good health. It came out great."
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- 10/18/2010
said: Chris
"Very nice crock,have already made a batch of sauerkraut,turned out excellent,great price,but the extra packing fee,brought that up a bit,still cheaper than I found anywhere else.....extra packing was extensive if you receive this item broken the deliverer must have towed behind truck.."
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- 4/6/2014
said: Craig
"I got the 5L crock. This is my first purchase and use of a fermenting crock, so I do not have any hands-on basis for comparison. That being said, I found the crock to be exactly as described in the item listing and by previous reviewers: solid, some cosmetic flaws in the glaze, and robustly packaged for shipping. I have made one batch of kimchee in it so far, which turned out great. Unlike a previous reviewer, I did not find evaporation of water in the airlock to be a significant problem (potentially in an extremely hot and dry setting it could be) -- I assume that the grooves in the edge of the lid are to facilitate bubbling out of CO2, should it become vigorous during fermentation."
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- 9/26/2011
said: lucy
"The crock seems fine but the instruction booklet that comes with it is poorly translated. So much so that it is practically worthless."
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- 12/1/2010
said: Urania Erskine
"Good price but I found the stone not heavy enough to compress the kraut. Also,the notches in the lid and the top seem unnecessary and require one to be more vigilant in adding water. I did have to sand the bottom of the vessel to smooth it out."
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- 11/18/2012
said: Anonymous User
"I bought the 5L crock, and it has one major design flaw. The lid has holes that require the gutter rim to be completely full of water to get an air-tight seal. Even after one day of natural evaporation, the water level drops below the holes, allowing fruit flies and bugs to get into the crock and spoil the batch. I stopped using this crock because of that, and I would not purchase it again. If that one flaw were corrected, this would be a great crock."
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