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    Converting cabbage to sauerkraut

    Tomorrow I do be buying cabbage to convert to sauerkraut. I've played with this before, but now I'm going to a larger scale production.

    The difference in taste between store kraut and home kraut is beyond belief. They are like two completely different things.

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    Re: Converting cabbage to sauerkraut

    Took about an hour, but I have about 20 lbs (5 heads) in a bucket (food-grade plastic from the Walmart bakery, $1) on the ferment.
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    Re: Converting cabbage to sauerkraut

    Share your recipe, please? I loves me some sauerkraut.
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    Re: Converting cabbage to sauerkraut

    So...it may be too late to offer this advice, but I take my cabbage and salt/season (I like spicy, particularly peppergrass) it, let it sit, and then smoosh it with a rolling pin to really get those cells broken and enzymes active. Not sure what recipe you use, but when I do it that way, the only think I need is salt and whatever other seasoning I use. Sometimes I shred in apples and carrots and slice in carrots or onions or peppers (spicy peppers). Red cabbage makes pretty kraut too...


    BTW: If you don't have an awesome bucket or kraut crock, you can use a ziplock bag (actually 2 of them)--you just have to make sure there is no air (air is the enemy of fermentation)
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    Re: Converting cabbage to sauerkraut

    I used this basic recipie from Ball:

    http://www.freshpreserving.com/recip...ade-sauerkraut

    It really is nothing but salt and cabbage.

    Depending on the flavor of this bath, I may try something more spiced the next time.

    As I recall, the last time I played with making kraut, I was very happy with the flavor of the simple salt & cabbage variety. But variety is the spice of life, and spice is the life of variety

    Oh - and I'm keeping it under water with two ziplock bags filled with water - a trick I made when doing pickles.
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    Re: Converting cabbage to sauerkraut

    So,does this come out like Kimchi? I used to have it at a Korean Bar in Hawaii..they served it with your beer,also Soy Cakes.

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    Re: Converting cabbage to sauerkraut

    Quote Originally Posted by anunitu View Post
    So,does this come out like Kimchi? I used to have it at a Korean Bar in Hawaii..they served it with your beer,also Soy Cakes.
    I've never had kimchi - prolly Thalassa can answer that, but the kraut and pickles you get in the grocery store taste like cabbage or cukes soaked in vinegar. When naturally fermented, the taste is much more sublime. There's really no comparison.

    I tried spending a bit more for "artisanal" kraut, but it was still cabbage in vinegar...
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    Kimchi is made with Napa cabbage, often mixed with radishes, scallions, and radishes, seasoned with garlic, ginger, red pepper, fish sauce (and/or salted shrimp, or for the veggie/vegans you can use seaweed powder).

    OH! BTW, you can use cooking oil as an airlock...
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    Re: Converting cabbage to sauerkraut

    The only sauerkraut I've ever 'liked' (ie tolerated) was a red cabbage kraut at German pub in Hahndorf here is SA (alas, we were there this week and they've completely changed their menu and no longer serve traditional German food!). But Torey loves sauerkraut and I've wanted to try to make some for a while now. Unfortunately, no one else in the family likes it, so mum (who is the preserving queen of the family) isn't interested in trying it out.

    One day I'll work up the courage to try it. I guess the worst that could happen is that I give my husband food poisoning.

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    Re: Converting cabbage to sauerkraut

    Quote Originally Posted by Rae'ya View Post
    One day I'll work up the courage to try it. I guess the worst that could happen is that I give my husband food poisoning.
    LOL - always the worry when trying "controlled decay." But the salt in the liquid and keeping everything submerged in an anaerobic environment regulates the micro ecology to keep the bad wigglies out. It's classic home low-tech food preservation technique that has stood the test of time in terms of safety.
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