|As for crocks, I would love to get my hands on some! but for now, I just use glass jars. It drives me nuts though- people collect crocks as antiques to sit on shelves and look at, so I can't find any to make my fermented veggies in|
I wish I had more info than this, but: I've had several people tell me to watch out for old, old crocks, b/c some of them have been painted with lead paint. There is some way you can test for this...but my memory isn't so great. I'm sorry to just have that scary info and no helpful way to find out. The woman who got me into fermenting won't even use old crocks, she bought a bunch of really nice (and really $$$) ones from Lehmans.