|Fresh, Homemade Sauerkraut|
Sauerkraut is one of those foods that seems intimidating and full of mystery - much like bread - until you try to make it and find out that you did all that worrying for nothing. And, although fancy equipment may be bought for this job, it's
|Start with one Quart of Cabbage, packed full.|
This is the method for a small batch - but once you've made a batch successfully, I imagine that, like me, you'll want to increase the quantity.
Making your own Sauerkraut at home is not only much cheaper & tastier than the canned or jarred variety, but it also preserves the healthy, natural probiotics in Sauerkraut.
Finely Slice 1 Quart of Cabbage (pack it down to fit as much as you can in your quart container).
I used my Salad Shooter, but a slicing disc on the food processor, or an old fashioned box grater, or even a knife will work!
Add 2 teaspoons Salt
|After Massaging Salt & Cabbage together,|
and allowing them to stand for a bit, pack
them down in their container, till their liquid
rises above the level of the veggies.
Walk away and leave it there for about 1/2 hour, so that the salt can draw out the juices.
Put it into your container (one that has a securely fitting lid), and pack it down with something firm and heavy (I think I used an old olive jar). Keep packing till the juices rise above the level of the veggies.
Put a weight on top of it, to submerge and hold the veggies below the level of the liquid. (I used a small jar from olive spread - can you tell I like olives? - filled with water & capped). Vegetables must be in an anaerobic environment to ferment properly, which is why you want them below the liquid level.
Put the lid on the container.
|Here the Cabbage is, ready to ferment|
you can see the little water-filled jar that
I used for a weight inside the container, and you can
see the liquid level above the level of the Cabbage.
Store it in the fridge (unless, of course, you eat it all as soon as it's done!)
(I have heard that it is possible for mold to grow on top during fermentation, and that it's safe to just remove the top layer with the mold and discard it. I've never had it happen, and suspect it happens more easily at warmer temperatures.)
This is being shared on Frugal Tip Tuesday and Simple Living Wednesday