Funny story about moving a washer and dryer. Then-BiL and I were moving his W&D to a new condo, and it's no big deal with two guys and a hand truck. Silly me, I trusted him to strap the dryer to the hand truck, and I was the guy guiding the dryer from below as he was going to take the hand truck from above - I'm there strictly to brace the dryer as it's lowered each step and bumps down. Couple of steps in the thing comes loose and everything goes slo-mo, me literally falling backward down the steps to the basement, this farkin white cube o' metal bouncing down after me. It was so weird, like a sequence from Hitchcock. Somehow I kept backpedalling as I went backwards and stayed ahead of the dryer, and it just missed me. It was a little dented was all.
I strapped the washer onto the hand truck.
FW, I'm glad you survived to share your wit with us.
Earthenware is the same as ceramic crocks. Here's one at Amazon: Amazon.com: Ohio Stoneware 1GC Crock 7-34/"x8-1/4" - 1 Gallon: Home & Kitchen
This one is one gallon, so probably bigger than you'd need. In Practical Paleo she uses Mason jars, but the important thing is to make sure it remains completely covered with water all at times while brewing or it'll turn moldy.
Guess I need Practical Paleo haha. From what I read, you have to put a plate over the sauerkraut while it's brewing (and weigh it down with something)...so not sure how you would do that with a mason jar (of which I have MANY)? Guess I need to do more reading.
She used a full size cabbage leaf to hold it all in the jar... I will look tonight and see what she suggests.
Ah, she uses a shotglass!!
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This is what you'll find at Amazon, etc., that runs big bucks.
These are the kind of old-timey "earthenware crocks" you can find at yard sales.
Only difference, besides spending $100 less, is that you might need to use a plate to weigh down the kraut and then cover w/ cheesecloth with the old timey crocks.
From those descriptions- I bet the ceramic liner to a crock pot would also work- assuming you had/made a cover.
I think the basement is the only place sauerkraut could sit undisturbed for a couple of weeks, but I don't know how much the temperature varies down there. I drop the thermostat to 50 at night because we're sleeping and bundled up, but it's 62-65ºF during the day upstairs. No idea how cold it actually gets.
 I don't think I could find a plate to fit in my oval crock pot liner, that's the only reason why I wouldn't want to use that. Seems like it's supposed to be a pretty tight fit.