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Homemade Sauerkraut

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Make your own probiotic foods.

Gut health has recently been a trend and thankfully, people are becoming more aware of the effects of foods on their health. It is now being recognized that a healthy digestive system brings many advantages to your overall health and well being. Homemade Sauerkraut can help with this.

You can easily make your own

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If you’ve ever wondered how to make sauerkraut at home, you’ve landed in the right place.

It’s so easy to make sauerkraut at home.

hand picking cabbage to make sauerkraut

The act of making homemade sauerkraut is easy and rewarding.

It’s one of those fun home recipes that even the kids can hop on board with.

The first time I heard that it was possible to make your own sauerkraut at home without any fancy machines or kitchen equipment, I have to admit, I was skeptical.

However, I gave it a shot and discovered that it really was not difficult at all, but in fact quite enjoyable and furthermore, delicious! A very common misconception is that you will need to purchase special containers, yeast, and other expensive tools in order to make it. But, this is not the case. Though, there are a few tools out there that make the process cleaner and easier. You can also go super basic and all you really need is a mason jar, cabbage, and some salt.

First, you will want to pick out fresh, preferably organic cabbage. The fresher the cabbage is, the more liquid will come from it.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: Serves 4

Ingredients:

Cabbage (purple or green, or both)

Non iodized Salt

1 liter Wide Mouth Glass jar and lid

Large Knife or Mandolin slicer

Large Mixing bowl or container

Optional:

Fermenting Weights

Fermenting Lids

Tamping Tool

How to Make Homemade Sauerkraut:

Prepare The Cabbage

Massage It

Pack Your Jar

How to Keep it All Under the Brine

the perfect head of cabbage to make your own sauerkraut

After you’ve packed all the sauerkraut in the jar you have to somehow keep all of your veggies under the brine. If the plants are subjected to oxygen, they will mold. There are many different ways to accomplish this.

Natures Way: Fold the large cabbage leaf you set aside earlier. Fold it so it fits the edges of your jar. Gently press it down under the brine, as much as possible.

The Cheap & Easy Plastic Way: Use a plastic sandwich bag, put some water in it and press it into your jar. Press all of the air out by pressing the bag to the sides. Add more water into the bag if necessary.

Cool Inventions Way: Glass fermentation weights are a creative and affordable way to keep your veggies out of the oxygen

Lid Options

You can use the matching jar lid. If you do this method there are two options.

1. Keep the lid on loosely so there is a way for the gases to escape.

2. You can put it on tightly and once or twice a day unscrew the lid to “burp” it.

cheesecloth for lid cover

Cheesecloth or other material. Use a rubber band to secure your material around the base of the jar.

Airlock or Vacuum Lids. These specialty lids make it easy to use and work efficiently. They keep out the oxygen and allow the CO2 to escape.

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Patiently Waiting for Homemade Sauerkraut

Interesting Facts on Fermenting

Fermenting Pottery

fermenting crock for kimchi and sauerkraut
fermenting pottery for cabbage

Sauerkraut is full of great nutrients too.

Batches of Kraut can very in nutrients, so it’s difficult to be exact. It’s easy to say that it is packed with vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and probiotics.

Enjoy your fermenting journey!

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