The classic home fermentation starter kit to begin making crisp and flavorful batches of sauerkraut, pickles, beets or kimchi is quality made in America. This natural fermentation method delivers probiotic-rich microorganisms that can benefit digestive and overall health. The entire lacto-fermentation process allows vegetables to retain more vitamins and minerals than other methods. Simply add cucumbers, shredded green cabbage, sliced beets or Napa cabbage to the stoneware crock, season with salt and spices, position the included weights, and add the lid. The two semi-circular stoneware weights rest on top of food inside the crock to create the pressure required for fermentation. As fermenting begins, carbon dioxide that occurs naturally expels air from the pot, creating the ideal environment for the slow brining process. Utilizing a proprietary clay, each stoneware piece is fired at approximately 2,200 F using a traditional kiln method, and undergoes an 18-hour heating and cooling process for ultimate durability. Finished by hand by craftsmen and craftswomen, this Ohio Stoneware Fermentation Crock and lid features a smooth, food safe, lead-free glaze that will not absorb odors or flavors, ensuring easy release and cleanup. This 2-gallon stoneware fermenting crock brings back the traditional stoneware method of preservation that dates back centuries. It is the original durable crock design that has been commonplace in kitchens throughout America for fermenting foods. Fermentation is not limited to cucumbers, cabbage and beets. You can make salsa, relish, chutney, or an assortment of root vegetables, such as cauliflower, broccoli and carrots. Fermenting garden vegetables is a great way to preserve freshness and flavor. Green beans, bell peppers and olives are also ideal for fermentation to preserve flavor and nutrients naturally. Make home-cured corned beef, salami or pastrami. Includes recipes and instructions. Lead-free glaze. Microwave and oven safe.