Here is an interesting site on the benefits of lactic fermentation in food and they have recipes.
To make your own sauerkraut, all you have to do is take your regular every day type cabbage from the grocery store and shred it, salt it, pound it and let it sit for 3-4 weeks. Easy.
Here is a step by step of how we do it:
1. Get cabbage. They say late season cabbage is the best and since I'm too busy doing other foodie things all summer and fall, winter is the first chance I have to think about doing sauerkraut. I'm figuring that the only cabbage you can get at the grocery store in December is the late season kind.
2. Weigh the cabbage so we can figure out how much salt we need to use. Figure on 1 Tablespoon of salt per pound - or about 2 Tablespoons for a regular head.
3. Shred. I do this by hand but you can use a food processor. You get longer shreds if you do it by hand. You're supposed to shoot for 1/16th of an inch shreds. I shoot for 1/8th inch and try not to cut myself.
4. Salt. We put all of the shreds in a nice huge bowl and salt it, then mix it up well. Things should start to ooze. Ooze is good.
5. Pound the living snot out of the cabbage. Do Not Pound In A Glass Bowl. [Don't ask me how I know.] We transfer the salty cabbage to an empty plastic ice cream bucket and use a potato masher to pound. It is loud. It takes some time and patience. I use this opportunity to work out anxiety or perhaps some less than kind feelings about someone in my life. We pound until the juice covers the cabbage.
6. Put into jars, leaving about 1 1/2 inches of headroom. Juice should cover the top of the kraut. The headroom is important. As the fermentation occurs, little bubbles push the contents up a bit and if the jars are packed to the top, things will overflow. I know this from experience.
|Ready to eat now!|
8. Put jars in a plastic bucket to catch any accidental overflow and then tuck it away in a cupboard where it won't freeze. We left ours in our jelly cupboard this year and it ripened a week faster [in 3 weeks] than when we put it in our mudroom where the temp is much lower [4 weeks].