Our family has a long tradition of making sauerkraut in 8-gallon stoneware crocks each summer (we're doing it right now, in fact). It produces delicious sauerkraut, but it's also led to more than our share of cracked crocks. They're rendered useless for their original purpose. However, we've come up with one way to reuse large crocks for summertime entertaining:
Fill them with ice and use them as party drink storage! Their thick stoneware walls will cool through-and-through and help in drink-chilling. And their large size makes them great for sinking plenty of cans or bottles down into the ice. Use a few to separate different types of drinks at a large outdoor party.
If you haven't acquired damaged crockery through years of heavy use, it is rather inexpensive (and easy to find) at antique shops or flea markets.
Do you have cracked ceramics that are no longer good for their original use? How do you put them to work for you?
(Image: The Estate Store)