Comparing the Top 3 Fermenting Crock Pots

Fermenting Crock Pots

The Boleslawiec, K&K and Schmitt brands are the top 3 fermenting crock pots in quality and sales. 

There are several things to consider before you purchase a fermenting crock pot such as the shape, glaze finish, weight of the pot and size you need.

Shape:

Fermenting pots come with either straight sides or bulging sides. A pot that has bulging sides like the K&K pot has an old world look, whereas the Boleslawiec and Schmitt pots have straight sides.

Now, the Boleslawiec has a more decorative shape to the top than the Schmitt, but both straight sided pots come with larger weight stones. Their stones leave less space between the stone and the pot sides so you don’t have to worry about it spilling over. The K&K, on the other hand, comes with smaller weight stones thus, leaving a bigger gap between the stones and the pot wall.

Now, it you really like the K&K because of the old world, curving shape or the appealing price, the smaller stones will not be a problem for you. Just remember to put a layer of whole cabbage leaves on top of the shredded cabbage and below the weight stones to help keep all of your shredded cabbage below the water line. This is a really great tip for whichever fermenting pot model you choose.

Handles:

All 3 of these brands come with a handle on each side of the pot; however, these handles are not intended for carrying the full pot around. When using the pot, try to fill it close near where you want it to be during the fermenting process. You want it out of the way, but in a more convenient place where you can monitor the water in the reservoir. Remember, the larger the pot, the heavier it will be when it is full so it’s best to take the water to the pot, rather than lugging it around the kitchen.

However, if you’re filling the pot in your kitchen and then move it to a different location, you may want to consider purchasing a planter caddy, planter dolly or a planter stand with wheels so that you can roll the heavy pot to the location you want it to be.

Glaze and Color:

The color and the glaze of the pot you choose is your personal preference. Starting with the Boleslawiec and Schmitt pots, each has an even color and smooth finish, whereas the K&K has a varying brown color with a spattering of slightly raised bumps in the glaze finish. The color variation and tiny bumps are aesthetically pleasing though, since they add to the old world feel of the pot.

The Schmitt brand comes with a dark brown color that is smooth all over, while the 5L and 10L Boleslawiec pots come in a dark brown, lighter brown and green color. All other sizes of Boleslawiec pots come in the darker brown color.

Bonus Info: All 3 brands do not contain lead in their glaze or clay.

Comparison Chart:

If a box in the chart is empty, the manufacturer does not make that size. The weight given is that of an empty pot.

Manufactured

K&K

Schmitt

Boleslawiec

Location

Germany

Germany

Poland

Liters

Gallon

Lbs of

Height

Width

Weight

Height

Width

Weight

Height

Width

Weight

 

 

Cabbage

Inches

Inches

Lbs.

Inches

Inches

Lbs.

Inches

Inches

Lbs.

5

1.32

25

12.2

9.1

8.2

12

10

12.1

12.25

10.25

14.95

7

1.9

35

13.5

9.1

10.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

2.64

50

15

11.5

15.1

14.25

12

18.9

14.5

12.5

24.75

15

3.96

75

 

 

 

16.25

11.5

19.7

19.25

13.75

34.9

16

4.2

80

17.3

12

19.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

5.28

100

 

 

 

17

14.25

25.4

20

14.5

39

25

6.6

125

 

 

 

18

15.5

39.3

 

 

 

26

6.9

130

20.5

14

28.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

30

7.92

150

 

 

 

20.5

15.5

39.3

 

 

 

40

10.56

200

 

 

 

25

18.2

54.5

 

 

 

 

As you can see by the above chart, the Boleslawiec pots weigh more than the K&K and the Schmitt pots and the K&K weigh less that the Schmitt and the Boleslawiec pots. The K&K weigh less because the clay walls contain less clay material and the Boleslawiec pots weigh more because their walls contain more clay material.

Choosing the Size You Need:

A good rule of thumb is each 1 gallon of crock can hold 5 pounds of cabbage.

However, to further judge the size; let’s take an example of making a large batch of pickles and a small batch of sauerkraut. For the sauerkraut, you should purchase a pot that is larger than how much your sauerkrauts needs. You can always make less sauerkraut or pickles than the pot holds. It is not necessary to fill your crock full. As a matter of fact, you never want to fill your pot any fuller than 80% full especially when making sauerkraut. The reason is that you need space between the water level and the top of the crock pot to allow the carbon dioxide that is produced during the fermenting process to push the oxygen out of the pot.

If this process is not done properly, mold can grow in an oxygen environment. Since oxygen is lighter than carbon dioxide, the carbon dioxide pushes the oxygen out through the water reservoir.

Don’t remove the lid from your fermenting pot until at least 3 weeks has passed. You do not want to introduce fresh oxygen to the pot until you are pretty sure your sauerkraut is done fermenting.

To read more about these fine fermenting pots and to purchase one, click here. And to visit each fermenting pot brand page, click on the brand you’re are interested in; K&K, Schmitt, and Boleslawiec.

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