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Kraut-chi Recipe from a Customer

Posted on January 29, 2014 by Emily Kociolek | 0 comments

We mostly use our fermenting crocks for making traditional Polish sauerkraut & pickles.  That's why we include recipes for both with every crock we sell.  However, we've been wanting to try kimchi for awhile now. 

We recently came across this recipe for "kraut-chi" from one of our customers!  She uses our 10L fermenting crock to make it, so the recipe quantities are made to fit.  If you have a 5L, you should be able to half the recipe to get the right amount. 

http://www.greendreamsdetroit.com/ferments-diy-kraut-chi/

We get a lot of questions about recipes sized to fit in our crocks, so this is a great one to try.  Let us know if you try the recipe and how it comes out!

 

Do you have a favorite recipe you make in your Stone Creek Trading Fermenting Crock?  We'd love to share it with our other customers here on the blog.  Just email emily@stonecreektrading.com for more information!

Happy Holidays!

Posted on December 24, 2013 by Emily Kociolek | 0 comments

We hope that you are enjoying time with your family or loved ones during this special time of year.  Stone Creek Trading will be "closed" to spend time with our family on December 25, 26, & 27.  You will still be able to place orders during this time, however they will not ship until Monday, December 30. 

We will still be answering emails during this time.  However, our response time may be slower than usual. 

We look forward to continued growth & prosperity in the New Year!

Happy Holidays from Stone Creek Trading!

Emily, Kryz & Maggie

Christmas Shipping Deadlines

Posted on December 03, 2013 by Kryz Kociolek | 0 comments

In order to receive your purchase by December 24, you must place your order before 8pm on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013. 

We want to make sure you get your order in plenty of time for the holidays.  We pack and ship orders within 1-2 business days, but depending on your location it can take up to 1 week for your order to arrive.  Please be aware that this is a very busy time of year and plan accordingly.  Make your purchases early to allow time for delivery.  We also stock a limited supply of each item and may run out of certain products before the shipping deadline.

So be sure to place your order before 8pm on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013!

This is our Small Business

Posted on November 29, 2013 by Emily Kociolek | 0 comments

Krzysztof, Maggie & Emily

In honor of Small Business Saturday, we wanted to give everyone a behind the scenes look at our small family business - Stone Creek Trading

Stone Creek Trading is run by myself, Emily and my husband Krzysztof, with a lot of "help" from our almost 4 year old daughter - Maggie.  We take care of everything here in the United States from researching new products, unloading shipments, and packing orders to customer service and managing the website.  We work closely with Kryz's father, Jacek, who takes care of things for us in Poland. 

Jacek and Kryz unloading an early shipment

Jacek works directly with the small businesses in Poland that create the products we sell.  He will often visit these companies in person to see their operations and meet the people who make the goods we offer.  He then helps to coordinate the shipments and make sure we are getting what our customers want.  Jacek also visits us occasionally in the States and helps out with unloading and packing orders.

Maggie is always looking for ways to help us as well.  She likes to be right in the middle of things, no matter what we are doing.  While making a recent batch of sauerkraut, she decided she needed to check the water in the rim on our fermenting crock.   

She is more helpful in some aspects of the business than others.  Her personal favorite was helping us test the first set of DABO blocks that we received this summer.  She isn't quite so excited about helping us pack orders.  So we set up a little area for her among the boxes to play.  She also thinks the maze of cardboard is a great place to play hide and go seek.

Emily, Maggie and Kryz at a French Market this summer

As we say in our About Us section, Maggie was the main reason we decided to start this business.  In our previous careers, we were spending far too much time away from her everyday.  It felt like we were living to work, instead of working to live.  Our family is our top priority, and with the number of hours we used to spend apart, our daily lives just weren't reflecting that. Now, with Stone Creek Trading, we've found a way to make our business a part of our family.

When we say that Stone Creek Trading is a small family business, we really mean it!  It's not just about the people who run it, it's about our whole philosophy.  When you support Stone Creek Trading, you also support our family and for that we are truly thankful. 

Today, in honor of Small Business Saturday, and to say thank you for supporting our small business we are offering a free starburst fruit bowl with every order over $20.  Enter "Small Business Saturday" in the Additional Comments box on the Shopping Cart Page and we will include the fruit bowl with your order (this way you can still use another discount code if you have one!).  This offer is good on all orders placed between now and midnight on Saturday, November 30, 2013. 

You can also show your support of our business by liking our Facebook Page and sharing it with your friends!

Thank you again for supporting our small family business and we hope you enjoyed this glimpse into the story behind Stone Creek Trading!

Facebook Giveaway!

Posted on November 12, 2013 by Emily Kociolek | 0 comments

Have you liked our Facebook page yet?  We just announced our first Facebook giveaway, so be sure to head over and like our page

One of our fans will win a wood mushroom nutcracker, but it can't be you unless you go like us right now!

Stock up on Stoneware Sale!

Posted on November 06, 2013 by Kryz Kociolek | 0 comments

It's that time of year when we all crave comfort food from a warm oven.  As the holidays approach, we begin to plan meals with family and friends.  As you as you dream of all the delicious food you will make, you also take stock of your kitchenware.  In honor of the season, we are happy to announce our Stock up on Stoneware Sale!

Stoneware Loaf Pan

Our stoneware pieces are perfect for this time of year.  An all natural alternative to non-stick metal bakeware, our stoneware is all made in Europe - designed & manufactured in Poland by Boleslawiec.  Similar to cast iron, these stoneware casseroles are all oven, microwave and dishwasher safe. 

Stoneware Casserole with Lid

We offer a variety of shapes and sizes, from a Loaf Pan to a 1 1/2 quart Casserole with Lid.  Our stoneware comes in two contemporary, natural colors - sand and bronze.  This sale won't last long, so be sure to check out the entire collection to see which item your kitchen needs!

Upcoming Events - Local & Fair Trade Vendor Market

Posted on October 24, 2013 by Emily Kociolek | 0 comments

Come check out all of our new products in person next weekend at this Local & Fair Trade Market. In addition to our online merchandise, we'll have a number of products that haven't made it on the website. We use our markets as a way to test out small quantities of new items we are considering carrying, or to sell products of which we are only have a few left.

This should be a wonderful event and a great way to kick off your holiday shopping! We hope to see you there. And be sure to mention you heard about the event on our blog for a special deal!