If you love the great taste of sauerkraut, you’ve most likely already heard about its many great health benefits too. Many often add this great cabbage based dish to hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage, or just eating it on its own is a delicious way to get lots of probiotics, which can help your body function properly.
When most people have a craving for sauerkraut, they just run down to the supermarket and grab a jar. If you want a great alternative, you can make it yourself at home. Making sauerkraut is a very easy task and one that many people enjoy. It takes just a few minutes to prepare, then about 4-5 weeks of waiting for the fermentation to complete.
What You’ll Need (Ingredients)
This recipe will make about a gallon of sauerkraut, which is plenty to enjoy during multiple meals. It requires just four ingredients:
- Shredded Cabbage – 5 Pounds
- Sea Salt or Pickling Salt – 2 Tablespoons
- Caraway Seeds – 1 Tablespoon
- Yellow Onion – Quartered
Step One: Find a large bowl and add all of the shredded cabbage, salt and caraway seeds. Mix them together well and then let sit for 10 minutes.
Step Two: Next, add the mixture into a glass food container. You can either add it all into one large bowl or multiple small containers. Using one will make the rest of the process easier. You can divide into separate containers once the process is completed.
Step Three: Place a quartered onion on top of the mixture to help weigh it down. Cover the container with a paper towel and wrap a rubber band around it to hold it securely in place.
Step Four: Put the glass container(s) into a cool area. Check the container every other day for two weeks. You’ll notice that there is a layer of ‘scum’ at the top, this is proof that the fermentation process is working. Simply scrape off the scum and discard it, then replace the paper towel and return to the cool area.
Step Four: Once the scum has stopped forming, or only a small amount is built, you can start checking it just once a week or so. Leave it in the cool area for at least four weeks.
Once your four weeks have gone by, your sauerkraut is ready! You are now able to enjoy it or put it in glass jars with proper seals on them. The sauerkraut may be stored in these jars for at least six months. Enjoy this wonderful three ingredient recipe with your friends and family.