Homemade Sauerkraut

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Medium Head of Cabbage
  • 1-3 Tbsp. Sea Salt

Optional ingredients: try combinations of any of these

  • Caraway Seeds: 1-1/2 tsp
  • Dill: 1 Tbsp
  • Juniper Berries (crushed): 1 Tbsp
  • Fennel Seeds: 2 tsps
  • Green Onions (chopped): 6 onions
  • Garlic (crushed): 5 cloves
  • Mustard Seed (black or yellow): 1 tsp
  • Turmeric: 1 tsp
  • Red Pepper Flakes: 1/2 tsp or more
  • Cardamon: 1/4 tsp
  • Lemons: 5 organic, very thinly sliced
  • Ginger: 5 inches, grated

Equipment:

  • Potato masher or cabbage crusher.
  • 1 Quart Jar with an airtight lid; preserve jars are a good bet.
  • Fermentation weights, or glass marbles inside an organic cotton tea bag.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Chop or shred cabbage.
  2. Sprinkle with salt.
  3. Knead the cabbage for a minimum of 10 minutes.  For this step you can use your hands, or pound the cabbage with a potato masher or cabbage crusher.  Keep pounding and kneading until there is enough liquid to cover the cabbage.
  4. Stuff cabbage into a quart jar, pressing the cabbage underneath the liquid. You can add a little water to completely cover cabbage if need be.
  5. Securely close and/or lock the jar.  “Burp” secure jars daily to release pressure.
  6. Ferment for at least 2 weeks at room temperature (about 60 – 70 degrees).  The longer you allow the culture to develop, the closer you’ll get to desired flavor and texture; flavor develops with age.
  7. Put a tight lid on the jar and move to cold storage once you’ve decided to stop aging your kraut.

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