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Jul 12, 2004 09:44 PM

Where to buy a pickling crock (SEA)?

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Has anybody seen a pickling crock for sale in Seattle? I've checked the usual suspects (Sur la table, City Kitchens, Williams-Sonoma) but have come up empty. I'd like to make pickles in it so I need one that is functional and not just decorative. Thanks for you help!

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  1. Maybe ask the nice people at Hardwick's. They surely has a rolodex of weird suppliers around there, someplace...
    Other candidates ??? Restaurant supply houses (bargreen ellison, barmart), farm feed stores (get out of town) or the mercantile people at PCC, City People's Mercantile, the buyers at that big flowerpot place on First, Delis (heh heh) or Deli-like environments (PFI, Delaurenti...)
    ??? good luck and say what happens...

    1. I'm surprised you couldn't find one at Sur La Table. I bought an excellent 3 gallon crock there last October for sauerkraut.

      The earthenware crocks are still listed in their online catalog. See the URL.
      Good luck and let us know if you find one.

      PS: Too bad Chubby & Tubby's is gone -- They always had good crocks.


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      1. re: Daniel

        Thanks so much for your reply. I looked at the crocks from Sur La Table and they're quite nice, but I really need one with a cover and a little channel so that I can water seal the whole thing. Some pickling crocks also come with glazed stoneware weights to keep the pickles submerged. Any more ideas? Thanks again!

        1. re: chococat

          For my sauerkraut, I simply filled a garbage bag with water and put it on top of the cabbage. Voila! Weight and seal.

          Unfortunately, the bag had a couple slow leaks and the brine got a little diluted (not fatally). This year, I'll fill the bag with brine.

          Don't know if that approach will work for your pickles.


          1. re: chococat

            i just put a dinner plate on top. Works.

        2. Not what you're looking for, but Uwajimaya has pickle presses, so maybe they have crocks too.

          1. I would recommend as a economical "Crock" type container to use for Pickling that you check out"The Cellar" located at 14411 Greenwood Avenue North, Seattle.

            I have purchased from them Food Service Grade Plastic Containers with Lids that we use for making 7 Gallons of Sauerkraut or Pickles, kept in a cool place, weights and inside covers brought from Thrift Shops that work terrific.

            Prices are reasonable, and the containers have may uses, they also have stirrers, measures and funnels, possibly even a Saline and Brix Measure.. I have seen 3 Gallon Pickling Crocks that cost more then $100.00, that don't make better tasting pickles.


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            1. re: Irwin Koval

              Brewing Supply houses are another possibility. In these places, as in hardware sorts, you hope to find a really old timer, who might remember who the vendors were...

            2. d
              David Fairfax

              I bought mine at a ranch supply store--sure, it's just a five gallon bucket, but it works great. A couple of brine bags on top, and you're all set. My pickles all get made in the basement, so it doesn't have to be cute, though. Won't work unless you've got sort of a "True-Value-chic" thing going on in your house.