What’s Cookin’…Kraut

on October 5, 2012

Well, I dove into the world of fermentation this week and I am really excited. I have been reading about the health benefits of fermented food and am happy to give it a try. This is actually the second food I am turning into fermented kraut. I used spinach in the spring using this recipe and it was delicious. I used it as a topping for eggs and chicken.

This time I used purple cabbage and apples for my sauerkraut. I used the book Wild Fermentation as my guide. I started by chopping up one apple and one head of cabbage. I mixed them together and added 1 tablespoon of salt. I mashed it all up and let it sit for about 30 minutes.

Next I put the mixture into a quart jar and pushed everything down until it was covered by the juices. Then I put a metal two piece lid on.

Everyday I would open the jar to let any gasses escape and then replace the lid. Look at the bubbles in this picture, cool huh! On the third day we tried it and it was yummy. Liam liked it so much he was licking the spoon and asking for more, he will eat anything. I let it sit out for two more days and then we tried it on a curried lentil dish. It was very good mixed together.

I have started another kraut using bok choi and I am excited to try it. Tomorrow I am going to put some on my eggs.

So there it is, kraut. Truthfully I have never liked sauerkraut but making it myself it tastes really good. I don’t know if it because it is really good or because I chopped everything myself. I have a feeling it is a little bit of both.



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2 responses to “What’s Cookin’…Kraut

  1. Andrea says:

    Neat! I tried making some sauerkraut over a year ago, and found out I was the only person in the house who would eat it. Yay. I need to find out a way to do smaller batches (even a quart is a lot if I’m the only one eating it), or find out how long it will safely keep in the fridge and try to eat it all myself before then. It hurt so much to throw out half a jar because I forgot to stay on top of it and eat it all myself.

    • emilyrconner says:

      Andrea, we only have two people who eat kraut in out house, me and my littlest one. It does take a while to eat and I just finished my jar today. After a week on the counter I put it in the fridge and it still tastes good. I would try that 🙂

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