Elena and I shredded, salted, and packed raw cabbage into our new sauerkraut crock yesterday. I had been using a large ceramic bowl before, and let me tell you, this works ten times better! A very nice reader let me know that you can buy sauerkraut crocks at Ace Hardware Store . I can’t find her comment on my site anymore (it’s lost in all of the comments, I think), but I did take her advice and looked into it. Thank you, dear reader!
Whenever I looked into buying a crock before, I was unable to find a place locally to buy one, other than a used one at a garage sale or second hand store. And, being pretty careful about things, I wanted to make sure that the one I bought was certified lead free (as you will remember ferments get quite acidic which can pull lead out of crocks or glass jars). I became a little paranoid about lead in crocks after reading about someone who got lead poisoning from making kombucha in a crock. So I personally wanted to buy a new, lead free one.
But the big problem with buying crocks online is the shipping price!
These beauties aren’t exactly lightweights so it costs a fair amount to ship (sometimes it would even double the price!). Each and every time I looked into buying one, the shipping price inevitably changed my mind.
Ace Hardware doesn’t carry them in stock, generally, but they will gladly ship one into the store for you to pick up. They sell them (right now) for $19 (a one gallon) to $100 dollars (ten gallons). This is a really a great price and it’s without a shipping cost! You can check here to see if you have any Ace Hardware Stores in your area (we had a bunch that I didn’t even know of!).
So that’s my frugal tip of the day! I really like the taste of sauerkraut made in a crock best (here’s the recipe I use), so I was so happy to find an affordable price on a crock. Thank you, whoever you were, for telling me where I could buy one!