MAIN ADVANTAGES OF A WATER-SEALED CROCK
- Makes for a very easy, almost care-free fermentation experience (You have to keep the moat filled with water and check it throughout the process).
- Neither flies nor fruit flies can get into the crock and lay eggs (trust me this is important, the critters LOVE fermented foods!)
- reduces the chance of mold or surface yeasts growing on your ferment.
- Takes the guesswork out of making sauerkraut and other fermented vegetables.
MAIN DISADVANTAGES OF A WATER-SEALED CROCK
- The water in the moat must be monitored and filled as necessary. If not, the seal will be broken and air will be allowed to flow into the crock creating mold!
- Narrower opening makes it more difficult to pack your ferment and they are fragile so you need to be careful not to break them when you are pounding your cabbage.
- Shape at the top of the crock, where the lid is, can make it difficult to clean.
- Sealed environment makes it hard to monitor what is going on inside and if you are curious like me it is incredibly hard not knowing what is going on in the crock*
- Generally, more expensive than a jar style container and larger.*
* Mortier Pilon do a glass water sealed crock so you can see what is happening and they do it in a 2L size so its nice and petite!