The History of the Stoneware Crock
Stoneware crocks were originally used to store perishable food such as butter, salted meats and pickled vegetables. The crocks were constructed out of a cheap and durable ceramic that remained water-tight, which was extremely useful before the invention of the refrigerator. Due to the heavy weight of stoneware crocks, they were locally produced and sourced, causing for a wide spread establishment of potteries. Although stoneware crockpots can still be used for storing food, they are largely seen as decorative or collectable pieces. For example, they can be used to hold flowers, plants or your large wooden spoons.