Fermentation Finds – Cabbage Shredders and Crocks
As lucky finds go, I hit the jackpot this holiday weekend! Not only did I score an incredibly beautiful crock at the Fermentation on Wheels Fundraiser on Saturday, but I stumbled across a beloved shop’s sidewalk sale less than a block from my house. Little did I know I would find a brand new, handcrafted, German cabbage shredder there for five dollars! I genuinely could not believe my eyes when I came across each of these items. I couldn’t be more excited to get using them!
The crock comes from a local potter Miki Palchick of Wood and Clay Kitchen. She’s a food justice educator by day and an extraordinarily talented artist by night. This crock comes ready made with weights (also handmade) that fit perfectly inside. I couldn’t be more excited to get some veggies into this beauty! I can’t stop staring at it and I’m ready to hear it speak its bloop-y language to me!
Cabbage shredders are tools that were used long before food processors came around to shred cabbage into small, symmetrical pieces perfect for making a uniform sauerkraut to last the winter. If you’re poking around grandpa’s old barn and find something that looks like an old wash board that has razor sharp blades rather than ridges, you probably have yourself a kraut shredder. Mine promises to slice even, 1mm pieces of cabbage. It’s badass.
This shredder reminded me of something important. I work for myself (and for clients) and I can definitely get bogged down in work and stuck inside my home. I’m not complaining. Working from home with clients I adore beats my former 2-3 hour daily roundtrip commute by about four trillion points. Still there are days when running the dog is the only real reason I have to step outside my door, so sometimes, during those really busy weeks I need a reminder to go outside and look around. I live in a chaotic, vibrant part of a beautiful, vibrant Philadelphia and I generally don’t have to walk more than half a block before I run into something that makes it worth my while to get out and about. When the little, Italian dame who owns the shop where I found this shredder told me that they wanted to get rid of it and were only going to charge me five dollars, it felt a bit like a nudge in the ribs from the universe: “See? When you walk out your door, you never know what amazingness awaits!”
The shredder is slightly flawed, but given that I got a $100 discount on it and it’s a flaw that can be fixed, I’m a very, very happy kraut-maker. I can hardly wait to bust this out at my next ‘kraut class!
Did you ever get lucky with a crazy good fermentation bargain? Score 20 Fidos for a nickel a pop at the thrift store? Find grandma’s dusty old crock in the attic? Share your joy in the comments!