Have You Ever Wondered How to Make Sauerkraut?

Have you ever wondered how to make Sauerkraut?

Sauerkraut is not only delicious, but it is full of healthy probiotics resulting from the fermenting process!

Health Benefits of Sauerkraut

Read about the many health benefits of sauerkraut on organicfitness.com

Items needed:

A crock pot (Crock pots from Polmedia may be found here)

Weights (Stoneware weights can be found by clicking on this link)

5 pounds of cabbage for every 1-gallon that your pot measures (for example, a 2-gallon crock pot would support 10 pounds of cabbage)

How to Make Sauerkraut: (this recipe can be found in the Farmer’s Almanac)

  • Core and shred your cabbage. Measure out 3 tablespoons of pickling (or kosher or dairy) salt.
  • Alternate layers of cabbage with a sprinkling of salt, tapping each layer with a wooden spoon or potato masher. The top layer should be salt. This will not seem like it’s enough salt, but it will give you a 2 1/2 percent solution, the perfect strength for fermentation.
  • Boil an old dish towel or piece of sheeting for 5 minutes and cover the crock with it. Weight this down with a flat plate the size of the inside of the crock.
  • If you used fresh and tender cabbage, by the next day you should have enough brine to cover the cabbage. If you don’t, make more brine by adding 1 1/2 teaspoons to a cup of water and add enough to cover.
  • In 2 or 3 days, white scum will form on the top. Skim this off, replace the cloth with a newly boiled one, wash the weight, and replace it all. Repeat this skimming (a 5-minute job) each day until the bubbles stop rising, or for about 2 weeks. Then your sauerkraut is done!
  • At this point, simply keep the cabbage below the brine with the weight, cover the crock tightly, and store at 40°F to 50°F. If your space isn’t that cool, heat the sauerkraut just to simmering, pack in canning jars, seal, and process in a water bath 20 minutes for quarts, 15 minutes for pints.
Find this recipe on Chow.com

Slow Cooker Pork and Sauerkraut

Now that you know how to make your own Sauerkraut, you can click on this link to see a delicious recipe for Slow Cooker Pork and Sauerkraut.