I grew up eating sauerkraut and split pea soup at a small, hole in the wall German restaurant with my dad. I loved it.
I’m thankful my dad got me started on this stuff young because I still love the tangy crunch and taste!
I sometimes like to buy the cabbage and carrots already sliced to make things quicker and easier for me. You can usually find an organic slaw mix at a local grocery store in the produce fridge section. I’ve picked them up from both Trader Joe’s and Whole foods before. If not, just buy a small cabbage and slice thin!
Clean everything: When fermenting anything, it’s best to give the good, beneficial bacteria every chance of succeeding by starting off with as clean an environment as possible. Make sure your mason jar and smaller jar/rock are washed and rinsed of all soap residue.
If not using a slaw mix, slice the cabbage: Discard the wilted, limp outer leaves of the cabbage. Cut the cabbage into quarters and trim out the core.
Place shredded cabbage in a large bowl and sprinkle with the salt. Toss and let sit for 5 minutes.
Then squeeze and knead the ingredients with your hands together for about 5 minutes until fluid is released.
Transfer the cabbage mixture to a large glass jar and place your rock or glass paperweight on top and press down.
Cover the mouth of the mason jar (I picked up mine from The Container Store) with a cloth and secure it with a rubber band or twine. This allows air to flow in and out of the jar, but prevents dust or insects from getting into the jar.
If within the next 24 hours liquid is not sitting on top of the cabbage, add a cup of water mixed with 1 tsp of salt to your kraut. I’ve made the mistake of not doing this a couple times and had mold growing on my sauerkraut that was exposed to oxygen, while the cabbage under the liquid was completely fine!
Allow the cabbage to ferment at room temperature and check 4 days later. Mine starts to have that pleasant, tangy aroma and taste at around 5-6 days!
I love sauerkraut either by itself, as a side, or as a snack on top of crackers! Make sure to eat daily for a healthier gut!Print