Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Sauerkraut

I love Sauerkraut! I could put it on everything and i almost do. Fermented foods are SO SO SO good for your gut. You should have them daily. The packaged brands that are pure and raw are pricey (around $7 for a bag) so i decided to make my own. It is really easy but time consuming. You need: 
Cabbage (and any other veggie you want to ferment- beets, jalapeno, squash) 
Salt
Spice- I used Caraway but you want do other flavors
Jars or other glass containers for fermenting. 
Cheese cloth or other breathable fabric 
rock, small jar, or heavy object to place on top of the veggies. 
 
seriously that is it.
First chop the cabbage to roughly the same sized strips. small is good

Add the salt and message it into the cabbage. it will start to break down and release moisture. this is good and what you want to happen. Let it rest for a bit so it gets really liquidy. Add the caraway seeds and mix well.
Move to a jar and make sure the cabbage is covered by the liquid. (this is where a rock or jar comes in to keep the cabbage submerged.
Keep an eye on it and make sure to keep the cabbage submerged. Keep it in a cool, dark space for a few days (three at least). when it tastes the way you want it to taste put it in the fridge with the lid. It should last a few months (unless you eat it all first)