Sauerkraut Is Easy To Make, Great For Your Gut

Tinned sauerkraut pales in comparison to the real thing. The real stuff is less, well, sauer and doesn't have an overly strong vinegar taste. Also the probiotics created by the fermentation process are fabulous for digestion. You can easily make sauerkraut at home in a jar or crock with cabbage, salt, and filtered water.

Rural living blog Stumbling Homestead presents a simple method for making sauerkraut:

  • Shred or slice your cabbage. You can also optionally pound it with a mallet to release the juices inside.
  • Place a few handfuls of this cabbage in your jar or crock then sprinkle around 1tsp of salt on top.
  • Rinse and repeat until your jar or crock is ¾ full then pack down the cabbage and add just enough filtered water to cover everything.
  • Put the lid on tightly and place the jar or crock in a warm-ish room temperature location for a week or two.
  • When it's ready, place it in the fridge to stop the fermentation process.

You can also add caraway seeds with the salt at the beginning of the process for a more Bavarian-style kraut.

If you want the health benefits of fermented foods, but the awful stuff your aunt Edna served when you were a kid put you off sauerkraut, give this a try. I've found that homemade kraut is salty and crunchy instead of soggy and reeking of vinegar.

Easy Sauerkraut [Stumbling Homestead via Save Our Skills]


Comments

    I am getting really sick of seeing US posts here! Sauerkraut is actually a traditional German (or somewhere around there) dish, that the Yanks have taken to heart! I'm pretty sure most Aussies wouldn't have touched the stuff! Besides, it sounds horrible, and very farty!! #[

      I know what you mean! I'm real sick of seeing stupid comments on here. Common! You haven't even tried it! I agree most Aussies haven't tried it but they don't know what they are missing.

      I actually really liked this article. Being a first generation Aussie (My Grandparents was German) - we used to eat this stuff all the time. I even tried to make it recently. My batch didn't turn out!

      Basically all you have to do is ensure that everything is underneath the water level. Don't let any part be exposed to the air. It's apparently a good source of Vitamin C.

        "(My Grandparents was German)" I'm gonna stick with, most Aussies haven't touched the stuff! Clearly you have a history with the stuff! How many Australians do you know not related to you, that actually eat this crap!

          Just because you're close minded and don't actually enjoy food (I'm picking you for a steak and potatoes - overdone, sort of guy) doesn't mean everyone is like you.

          Sauerkraut with pork sausages = fantastic.

          Guess people should stick to delicacy that is Black Pudding hey Ecky?

      So because you haven't eaten something, it shouldn't be discussed? I love sauerkraut and I'm not German. Cook it up with some bacon and apple, then serve it with kassler chops (think bacon in chop form) and potatoes.

      if they only posted stuff that 'australians' are interested about, all you'd see here are posts about getting pissed at the pub, going to the beach and how to get the most handouts from the convernment

        This started off as a useful post about a foodstuff. Somehow this has triggered an outpouring of xenophobic nationalism.

      I'm Aussie and I loooooove Sauerkraut

    Well call spanked and put to bed... I appologise for pissing you all off! But I still think it's gonna be very farty #p

      I don't really fart from it much myself, can't speak for others.

      You should try it on a hot dog or something - it's adds a nice zing.

        Yep. Not German either, but sauerkraut has been available in Aus for decades. I've always liked it. Great post, I'll give this a shot.

    Sauerkraut is awesome, though coming from Germany I might be a bit biased. I have never tried homemade sauerkraut, so am keen to try this. Thanks for the post.

    This thread makes Australian people look like a bunch of ignorant buffoons. Just because it sounds different to any of the supposed "traditional Aussie" dishes doesn't mean that Australian's have no idea what sauerkraut is, let alone what it tastes like. Im fortunate enough to live with a group of people who for the most part are at least 3rd or 4th generation Australian and have in their own sampled this dish and many others including Sarma and quite enjoyed the different taste.

    Grow up and stop living under a rock, there is a world out there you know.

      I know right? We're become as bad as Americans.

      Dude I already apologised! What else do you want me to say? #[

    I do not understand the discussion here. Facts are a bid mixed here. Yes, sauerkraut is part of a typical German diet. But look a bit closer – sauerkraut was the food which was part of the “Australian rediscovery” by captain Cook. He had to load 60 barrel (and that by law) of sauerkraut for his journey. Seeing it from this side, sauerkraut was the “first Australian food” …. And seeing it from the healthy side, Sauerkraut is very good for slimming – Germans eat very rich food and are in average not as overweight as people eating no Sauerkraut. Think about it.

      "part of the “Australian rediscovery” by captain Cook"
      As I recall, The crew hated it because it was vile! He had to be seen eating that particular taste sensation by his crew, because it was absolutely dreadful. Only reason they had it was as a way of keeping scurvy at bay! Not that you're wrong about the stuff, just sayin #]

    I love it on a Ruben sandwich, yummy!

    Hi Guys! Would savoy cabbage work as well?

    for your information sauerkraut wasnt even german.. it was asian (tatars brought it into the german lands many moons ago and then accepted the dish but they added berries in it also with the salt and the cabbage.

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