I wasn't a fan of sauerkraut as a child. I dreaded the evenings when it would appear on the table. A few years ago, however, my opinion of sauerkraut changed. All of a sudden I became quite partial to this sour-tasting cabbage. I also learnt that sauerkraut is not only tasty but also incredibly healthy. This is because the fermentation process produces probiotics, which have a positive impact on our digestion. My favourite way to enjoy sauerkraut is in colourful lunch bowls, however you can also take the classic approach and serve it with boiled potatoes and carrots.
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How it's done
Place the cabbage and salt in a bowl, mix well and knead until you have a lot of juice (approx. 15 mins.). Transfer the cabbage to a very clean jar that has been rinsed with hot water, press down firmly so that the cabbage is completely submerged in the liquid. Weigh down with a plastic bag filled with water or dried beans (the bag remains in the jar until the sauerkraut has been used up). Screw the lid loosely onto the jar so that gas can still escape. Place the jar in a bowl as fermented juice may leak out. Leave the jar in a dark place at constant room temperature (18-21°C) for approx. 3 days. After 3 days, briefly remove the lid to let out any gas. The vinegary smell is a sign that fermentation is under way.
Seal the jar tightly and leave to ferment in the fridge for approx. 3 weeks. N.B.: Remove the lid every 2 days to release the gas. Then seal the jar tightly again and return to the fridge. After 3 weeks, the sauerkraut will be ready to eat and can be enjoyed raw or cooked.
|Note:||Do not use iodized salt! Iodine prevents lactic acid bacteria from multiplying.|
|Note:||If a rotten smell is detected during fermentation or mould begins to form, throw the sauerkraut away immediately!|
|Tip:||Use equal amounts of white and red cabbage.|
|Tip:||If the kneading process does not produce enough juice, bring 250 ml of water to the boil with 1 tsp of salt and pour over the sauerkraut once cooled.|
|Tip:||If you like caraway seeds, mix 1-2 tsp in with the sauerkraut once fermented.|
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