How to tell if old crock is still usable?

Discussion in 'Preserving the Harvest' started by wdcutrsdaughter, Apr 14, 2018 at 7:44 PM.

  1. wdcutrsdaughter

    wdcutrsdaughter Well-Known Member

    Dec 9, 2012
    maine - zone 5b
    I searched this here but couldn't find anything-maybe you can help

    I have a 3 gallon ceramic crock with a lid and I'd like to use it for making kraut - I am a total novice but would like to learn
    How can I tell if the crock is still usable?

    the glaze is not chipped off at all on the inside...but sort of looks cracked though when I slide my finger over it - feels smooth... seems oldish - has a star with a 3 in it and is brown and cream colored
  2. donnam

    donnam donnam

    Sep 27, 2005
    south central pa
    I don't know howo tell the age, but be careful. The glaze on some old Crocks contained lead.
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