Have you ever wondered How to Make Sauerkraut? Our Reuben sandwiches never tasted better. It’s a fairly easy process and a good place to start your journey into fermenting.
- Mason Jars or a Crock – I like using a wide range of sizes. I typically always use wide mouth though. I love my 1/2 gallon mason jars for fermenting.
- Airlocks – If you don’t allow gas to escape automatically through a contraption like an airlock, pickle pipes, cheesecloth, etc… You’ll have to burb them manually. Plus, you’ll run the risk of a ferment blowing up under the pressure of gas buildup.
- Salt – I always use extra-fine Himalayan sea salt in my ferments. It dissolves easily and is perfect for making a brine.
- Wooden Tamper – Ferments like sauerkraut, kimchi may require to tamp the food into the jar and under the brine.
- Glass Weights – Some ferments need to be weighed down and kept under the brine.
- Fermenting Kits – There are several fermenting kits where you can get just about everything you need. However, they don’t usually include the vessels, such as a mason jar or crock.
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How to Make Sauerkraut
How to Make Sauerkraut
- 1 head cabbage (look for a shiny one it may contain more moisture inside which is needed to make the brine!)
- 2 % brine (using extra fine Himalayan sea salt)
- 1 whole leaf from the cabbage to keep the little bits of cabbage from surfacing
- Rinse the cabbage in cool water.
- Slice up cabbage very thinly and place it in a large bowl
- Add half of the salt
- Now massage that cabbage for about 10 minutes or until plenty of juice is released.
- Place the cabbage and juice into your glass jar.
- If the cabbage didn’t release enough liquid to cover the cabbage in the jar, use the remaining salt and 2 cups of filtered water to make a brine.
- Top the jar off with the brine if necessary.
- Pack the cabbage down under the brine.
- Now add your glass weights, and push down once again just to get as much air out from around the cabbage.
- Screw on the lid and then put on the airlock.
- Ferment for 3-5 days. Then, place in the refrigerator.
More Fermenting Recipes
- Fermented Cherry Tomatoes
- Fermented Bell Peppers
- Fermented Carrots with Garlic
- Fermented Garlic
- Fermented Pickles
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- Water Kefir Almond Cream Soda
- Pineapple Chutney
- Fermented Broccoli
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