These are not your everyday fermentation crocks! Lighter, sleeker, and (we think) ten times more adorable than your traditional ceramic crock, these Fermentation Crocks from Mortier Pilon bring clever innovation to the art of fermentation. Whether you are fermenting cabbage, pickles, radishes, beets, turnips, or some other tasty combination of vegetables, these crocks provide a specialized anaerobic fermenting environment. In other words, they help keep away the ”bad” bacteria that contribute to mold and allow the good guys (the ones that make your gut happy) to thrive!
- 2 Sizes Available: 2 liter crock that holds 0.53 gallons of liquid or 5 liter crock that holds 1.32 gallons of liquid.
- Ceramic fermentation weight included to keep your veggies under the brine.
- Specially designed lid with water barrier allows fermentation gases to escape.
- Need help keeping track of your ferments? Use the lid with re-writable label to mark your start dates.
- Material: Jars made of 100% glass; Outside of the crocks made of non-reactive, BPA-free PP plastic.
- Care: Do NOT place in dishwasher. Sterilize with vinegar and luke warm water. Do not use with boiling water to avoid thermal shock.
- Country of Origin: Manufactured in China and assembled in Canada.
How to Ferment Vegetables in a Fermentation Crock
- Clean and sterilize the crock before using it. You want to make sure there are no “bad” competing bacteria lurking around to contaminate your ferment.
- Pick a recipe from our Cultures for Health Fermented Vegetables collection or a recipe from the included booklet.
- Prepare your vegetables and seasonings according to your recipe. (Shred, grate, or chop ‘em to your pleasing.) Place them in the crock.
- Prepare a brine (if called for) and pour it into the crock. Make sure to leave ¾ inches of headspace. (Your vegetables may expand as they ferment.)
- Cover your vegetables with the ceramic weight to keep them submerged under the brine.
- Affix the ring to the top of the crock, fill in the water barrier, and cover with the lid.
- Let your vegetables ferment according to your recipe or to your taste buds’ desire.
CLEANING & STERILIZING YOUR MORTIER PILON PRODUCT
The recommended method for cleaning and sterilizing is the same for all Mortier Pilon Fermentation Crocks, Brewing Jars and Canning Jars:
- DO NOT use boiling water or very hot water and DO NOT put in the dishwasher.
- Start by rinsing the inside of your Crock or Jar with lukewarm water from the tap.
- Add in a bit of distilled white vinegar and shake so the vinegar gets all over the inner wall of the Crock or Jar.
- Turn the Crock or Jar upside down above the sink to get rid of any excess vinegar. You do not need to rinse the remaining vinegar off as it promotes the growth of good bacteria.
- Should you need to clean the outside of the Crock or Jar, use a damp piece of cloth or paper towel.
- Please note all utensils and accessories coming into contact with the food before and during fermentation should undergo the Cleaning & Sterilizing process outlined above.
- This includes the Mortier Pilon ceramic weight if using, along with any utensil used to stir the preparation.