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Where to find a crock for picking/fermenting?

trev80 Oct 24, 2007 06:32 AM

Are there any stores that sell stoneware/pottery crocks in the boston area for picking/fermenting? I'm having the hardest time finding one and don't want to pay shipping or buy some $500 dollar antique.

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    bear RE: trev80 Oct 24, 2007 06:46 AM

    You could give the Cheese Shop on Walden St. in Concord Center a call. I'm not sure about the crock, but they do have some nice stoneware bowls, and are good about ordering things they don't have in stock.

    http://www.concordcheeseshop.com/

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    Cheese Shop of Concord
    29 Walden St, Concord, MA

    1. Allstonian RE: trev80 Oct 24, 2007 06:48 AM

      They stock them in several sizes at the Tru-Value hardware store on Salem Street in the North End. They're part of the outdoor display, just to the left of the entrance to the store.

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        trev80 RE: Allstonian Oct 30, 2007 11:58 AM

        I can confirm the concord cheese shop does not carry crocks. I will have to try tru value in the north end. These things are impossible to find!!!!!!

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          Allstonian RE: trev80 Oct 30, 2007 12:06 PM

          I can confirm that the True-Value does - I saw them there three weeks ago.

      2. Chris VR RE: trev80 Oct 30, 2007 12:18 PM

        Beer and WIne Hobby in Woburn has them listed on their website: http://www.beer-wine.com/product.asp?...

        They have a retail operation oddly located in an office park.

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          Allstonian RE: Chris VR Oct 30, 2007 12:34 PM

          Hm - that's a crock for making vinegar, with a spigot. Just to clarify, the ones at the hardware store on Salem Street are the plain, old-fashioned pickling crocks, like the ones a couple of items down on this page: http://www.leeners.com/pickling.html
          If that's not what you're looking for, I apologize for the false lead!

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            trev80 RE: Allstonian Oct 30, 2007 12:42 PM

            That is what I'm looking for, I'm going down to the north end saturday morning. Probably too much traffic today with the sox rally...
            thank you!!

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              almansa RE: trev80 Oct 30, 2007 12:59 PM

              I use gallon jars. Most restaurants and bars have a good supply from their bar olives. I'm sure they wouldn't mind parting with the empties. They're not as romantic as crockery, but you can do neat designs with the various contents.

        2. cassis RE: trev80 Oct 30, 2007 02:40 PM

          The West Concord Five & Ten used to sell those big stoneware pickling jars, and they always seem to have whatever you can't find anywhere else. It's worth giving them a call 978 369 9011.

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            trev80 RE: cassis Oct 31, 2007 12:52 PM

            Just got back from the west concord 5 & 10. Nothing to report. True Value north end here I come.

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              trev80 RE: trev80 Nov 3, 2007 10:43 AM

              north end true value. done deal.

              thanks.

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            Guido RE: trev80 Nov 3, 2007 12:02 PM

            Speaking from experience, although there is certainly an aesthetic and possibly karmic value from using a crock, it's not that great from a performance standpoint. I'd recommend the 1/2 gallon mason jars; available at Ace/Tru Value hardware stores (special order no charge if not in stock). Alternately, you can use a food grade bucket. Put an extra large zip lock bag full of water on top to make a good seal. Not as aesthetically pleasing but easier to clean and keep clean than a crock.

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