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How to Make Sauerkraut

Fermented foods are a hot health topic – and for good reasons. These foods are rich in probiotics and populate our good bacteria – particularly those in our gut. Studies even show that they may improve digestion, boost immunity and help us maintain a healthy weight. We taught a class on how easy it is to make sourdough bread, yogurt and sauerkraut for yourself. This article focuses on making sauerkraut.

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First, it’s important to understand why someone would want to ferment grains, or anything for that matter. Check out our short introduction video about why fermenting is important for our health.

Ingredients

1 head of cabbage (preferably home or locally grown and organic)

1 Tablespoon high quality salt.

Instructions

Quarter and core cabbage, discarding outer leaves.

Shred cabbage by hand or in food processor.

Put in a large bowl and sprinkle with salt.

Cover bowl with a tea towel and set aside for 30 minutes.

Remove towel and stir.

Re-cover with tea towel and set aside for another 30 minutes.

Remove towel and stir. It should be getting juicy.

Transfer cabbage to a sterilized wide-mouth quart canning jar.

Press down firmly to remove any air gaps and pack cabbage tightly (this works well).

Fill jar to within 1 inch of the rim.

Cover tightly with metal band and lid.

Leave at room temperature (around 70 degrees Fahrenheit) for 3 to 7 days, burping daily to remove pent-up gases. (Or, use an airlock jar.)

During the first 24 hours, open the jar a few times to press the cabbage down beneath the level of the juices.

Transfer to refrigerator or cold storage, where it will continue to age for many months.

Eat at any time!

We have some parting thoughts on the importance and ease of incorporating fermented foods into your life.

Be sure to check out our other posts on How to Make Sourdough Bread, How to Make Yogurt and How to Make Healthy Homemade Bread!

You can find many more awesome videos on our YouTube channel or our Rumble channel.