Re: Making Sauerkraut
One of the "high-dollar" items is likely one made by Ohio Stoneware. It's a nice crock, and I bought one for my wife. We make excellent sauerkraut with it. There are opinions running around saying that the lid cut-out makes the airlock useless, but I decided that having a notch in the airlock lid means that you can readily monitor the fermentation process. The air bubbles out at the notch, not some random place around the lid periphery determined by how level the floor is. That does eat up some of the water moat depth margin, but I decided it was an acceptable penalty for being able to orient the bubbler where _I_ want it. I have no connection whatsoever with Ohio Stoneware other than as a satisfied customer.
"I thought I made a mistake once, but I was wrong." (heard often from the late David Sebree) Still making them, myself