Monday, February 15, 2010

Basic Sauerkraut

Quart-size glass jar
1 tablespoon Sea Salt
Filtered water
One medium cabbage
+ Finely chop or grate cabbage. Place into large bowl as you chop.
+ Sprinkle salt on cabbage as you go.
+ If you want, you can add other vegetables; try garlic, onions, carrots, turnips, kohlrabi, anything.
+ Massage/pummel ingredients with your hands a little to get the juices flowing. Salt will bring out the juice of the cabbage as you work with it.
+ Pack vegetables and their juice very tightly into your jar. If you pack it tightly enough, the whole cabbage should fit in the jar.
+ Press down on cabbage throughout day to force water out. Brine should rise above surface of cabbage. If it does not after a day, add filtered water until cabbage is covered in brine.
+ Place lid on jar, but do not screw tightly. Unscrew lid often to release pressure.
+ Taste daily until sauerkraut reaches desired sourness. Try to keep cabbage below surface of brine. If white mold forms on top, scrape off with a spoon.

Once you have reached your desired sour-level, sauerkraut can be stored for months in a cool, dry basement or the refrigerator.

Adapted From: "Wild Fermentation" by Sandor Katz

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