I have made many a scrumptious batch of kraut. I prefer the color of red cabbage- gorgeous on the plate, mixing green and red makes it pink. Adding shredded carrot and other veggies is fun -even dried fruit. Garlic, ginger, coriander, hot peppers, are fine options for additional flavors along with the traditional caraway. I drool over a fine old crock, but mason jars work fine for me. A beer bottle works well for the weight.