We love sauerkraut! When we found out how easy it was to make our own, we were very excited to learn how to do it!! Sauerkraut is a fermented food (cabbage), thus it is very good for you! Here is a quick recipe to share…
What You Will Need: >>
A Green Cabbage – approx. 5lbs.
2 Tbsp. of Celtic Sea Salt
Airlock System – you can find these at a beer making supply store.
1/2 Gallon Glass Jar
Step 1 - Shred a 5lb green cabbage. We use the food processor, using the slicer vs. the “cheese” grater attachment. If you were to use the cheese grater, it would make the cabbage very fine. We like bigger chunks, so the slicer works great!
Step 2 - Put all of the shredded cabbage in a large bowl. Add 2 Tbsp. of Celtic Sea Salt. Massage the salt into the cabbage with your hands until it becomes juicy and well mixed.
Step 3 – Pack all the mixture into a 1/2 gallon glass jar, clear to the top.
Step 4 - Fill jar with filtered water to the top.
Step 5 – Put the lid with rubber gasket on the jar. Fill up the rest of the jar with filtered water by pouring through the rubber gasket. You don’t want any air in the jar!
Step 6 – Fill the airlock system to the fill line and cap it, then insert it into the rubber gasket.
Step 7 - Place the jar in a cool, dark place for 5 days or longer…be sure and put a towel under it because it may bubble over.
Step 8 – When it is done fermenting, just remove the airlock system and put a regular lid on the glass jar. Place in refrigerator!
Yay! You’ve made Homemade Sauerkraut!
Note: when harvesting your Sauerkraut, observe for any mold near the airlock system lid. If you see any, just spoon it out and discard it and place the rest of your fresh Sauerkraut in the fridge.
Ways to serve: with sausages, hot dogs, as a side dish, on a green salad etc..
(To see photos of these Steps, go to our blog, at http://www.KevinandAmyJo.com)
Benefits of fermented foods >>
The fermentation process creates probiotics which are the “good” bacteria that our body is dependent on. (Eg. Lactobacilli) These natural probiotics increases the quantity, availability, digestibility and assimilation of the nutrients in our body. Supplementing our diet with fermented foods offers us many health benefits. It can help to reduce high cholesterol levels in our blood, it strengthens and supports our digestive and immune systems and it helps our bodies to fight off and prevent diseases…even tooth decay!
Do you know more about the benefits of fermented foods? Let us know and make a comment below!