The Classic USA blue stripe handmade fermenting crock is made of lead-free clay and glazes.
The crock measures 11-1/2 in diameter and 15 tall.
Built-in water airlock chamber at the top seals around the lid allowing carbon dioxide to escape while preventing mold causing organisms from entering and spoiling the food. This is what separates a standard crock from a true fermenting crock.
Fermenting is like making wine. The process produces alcohol, lactic acid, and acetic acid which preserve nutrients while preventing spoilage.
Fermentation was widely used in early American history when the only real option to preserve food was to either dry or ferment it. Early fermenting crocks were likely brought over by the early settlers.
Fermented foods are easier to digest as they contain living cultures that are essential to breaking down foods in the digestive tract. Fermented foods also contain beneficial live bacteria that promote healthy immune systems.
An article in the 2013 winter issue of Keepers at Home Magazine describes a revelation that Captain James Cook discovered on his 1700 world voyages. On his first voyage, several members of his crew developed scurvy. Scurvy a vitamin deficiency due to the lack of vegetables, which took many sailors' lives. On his second world voyage, he loaded barrels of fermented sauerkraut, and not one of his crew developed scurvy.
Some may think of only sauerkraut as a fermented food, the fact is many different foods and beverages can be fermented. Just Google fermenting foods to discover a whole new world on how to benefit from this fermenting crock.
Because pottery is hand turned dimensions may vary slightly. Stoneware pottery may also develop small imperfections during the firing and glazing process. All food contact surfaces are inspected for such imperfections before shipping. The outside may have imperfections that add to the character of the stoneware.
Please allow 2-3 weeks for shipping.