Nik Schmitt Mini Gärtopf / Mini Fermenting Crocks

$48.00$79.00 inc. GST

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All the crocks include lid and stones & have a water seal

The “Mini” series are ideal for small ferments, or to test recipes for large fermenting crocks

Most people are familiar with sauerkraut, but you can also preserve red cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, peppers, broccoli, all sorts of string beans, cucumbers, onions, turnips, radishes, celery, tomatoes, beets and many other vegetables using lacto-fermentation.

There are lots of Kimchi recipes (Combinations of: hot chilly flakes, fish sauce, radishes, napa (chinese) cabbage  carrot, garlic, ginger, green onion, leek, onion, salt, sugar, sweet rice flour, squid, shell fish,  etc.)

Nik Schmitt  Mini Fermenting Crocks are German quality stoneware made using liquid slurry poured clay. This process creates a strong and lighter weight crock for easier handling. They are made to high German standards and are coated with an even cream glaze, and are free of heavy metals.





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Fermentation and lacto-fermentation have been around for a very long time mainly as a means to preserve food over long periods of time when refrigeration wasn’t available. Today more and more people are rediscovering those old methods of preserving food because the taste is amazing, but also because it’s a great way to consume probiotics.

Lacto-fermented foods are fermented by lactobacillus bacteria, which is a category of beneficial bacteria that feeds on sugar and that produces lactic acid as a byproduct. This is why lacto-fermented foods taste acidic.

Just about any vegetables and even fruits can be lacto-fermented, but fruits will need much less fermentation time as they contain much more sugar. You can play around and try all sorts of funky combinations to discover some amazing tastes. Spices and herbs are also often used extensively to give an even greater flavor to the final product. For example, sour pickles are often flavored with dill, garlic and a combination of pickling spices. Some examples of pickling spices are bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, whole peppercorns, coriander seeds and mustard seeds. A popular variation of sauerkraut (lacto-fermented cabbage) is made with apples and Juniper berries.

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