Saturday, March 23, 2013

Sauerkraut Divine

We had a great time making Sauerkraut with some friends this afternoon!  It is such a easy process and there is a lot of room for innovation as you can add a variety of spices or even other veggies.  As it was everyone's, excepting myself, first time we kept it simple today!  We tasted some kraut I made earlier in the month, sliced our cabbage, mixed and squeezed with a little salt and packed it into mason jars.  In 10 days or when we can't wait any longer we will eat it....  Many have plans to sample it in 8 days for Easter!

The kids got in on the action- slicing cabbage and finally mixing and squeezing it in a bowl!  My daughter and I used a mixture of red and green cabbage to make pink kraut. She is 6 and she was eager to try her hand at slicing the cabbage too.  After finding an appropriate sized knife and standing near by to watch that fingers kept clear I let her at it.  Her little sister joined me and helped me pack the mixture into the jars! She was quite proud of herself.
We had two other mother daughter teams!  These ladies arrived eager to learn how to make kraut and looking forward to our Kim Chee attempts later this month. We even had a husband participate- the whole family got in on the action!  This is why I love to work with real food- the whole family gets involved in its creation.
After only about a half hour of work we were all able to take home our sauerkraut jars to await the miricle of fermentation!

The jar on the right holds my seeded sauerkraut!  I will let you know how it all turns out in a couple of weeks!  The bowl holds the kraut I made for everyone to taste- it is very fine as I used my food processor to grate the cabbage for me!  Perfect for hot dogs.....

Please leave a comment and tell us about any fermentation project you have tried!  Both your successes and failures....