Monday, August 13, 2012


Wheeeeee Sauerkraut. We have had an abundance of cabbage from our CSA in the past few weeks and since I am the only person in the house who really eats it I had to come up with a solution. I love Sauerkraut but I rarely get it outside of Oktoberfest and as post St. Patrick's Day Reuben.

I followed this recipe (mine is a double batch) and hopefully the results will be good in a few weeks. I will keep you posted

  • 8-10 cups shredded cabbage, loosely packed (about 2 lbs), about 1 cabbage
  • 1 tsp. caraway seeds
  • 1 tsp. yellow mustard seeds
  • 1-2 tsp. un-iodized or pickling salt
  • 1 c. filtered water mixed with 1 tsp. salt
In a clean, non-metallic bowl, mix cabbage, juniper berries, caraway, mustard seeds, and salt. Stir cabbage to release juices. Let rest 10 minutes then mix again. You may let this rest longer (1-2 hours) if needed.
Sterilize jar and lid by boiling for several minutes in water and draining on a clean dishcloth.
Pack into a sterilized quart-sized, wide-mouthed jar, pushing down with a wooden mallet. Add filtered, or non-chlorinated, salty (1 teaspoon salt per cup of water) water to rim of jar and cap loosely with a sterilized canning lid. Place jar on a tray to catch overflowing juices. Keep jar between 65°F and 72°F for 2-3 weeks.
After bubbling stops, check container and top off with salty (1 teaspoon salt per cup of water, warm slightly to dissolve completely) water if level falls below rim. Skim any (harmless) white spots or film from the top, close jar tightly, wipe off outside of jar and store in the refrigerator until you use it up.

1 comment:

A Beer for the Shower said...

We regularly grill up kielbasa and then let it simmer in a pan with some beer and some sauerkraut. I never thought of making the sauerkraut fresh. I definitely will have to try this. I imagine this kicks the panties off of the canned stuff.