Sauerkraut is a fermented food, meaning it is packed full of probiotics. Probiotics are gut-friendly bacteria which are vital to our health. Probiotics maintain the health of our gut, aid in the digestion of food and protect our immune system.
Making your own sauerkraut is super easy, it just takes a few days. However, you only need to have a few tablespoons to accompany your meal and so a batch will last you a while. Here is how to do it:
You will need:
A large (2.5 kg) fresh white or purple cabbage
2-3 tablespoons sea salt
Clean and dry a large (3 litre) preserves jar and any bowls or work surfaces that you will be using
Quarter the cabbage and remove the core
Slice the cabbage finely or thickly, as you prefer. A food processor is good for this
Layer the cabbage in the preserves jar, sprinkling salt in between layers
Pack tightly into the jar, leaving 1cm space at the top
Juice should rise to top of jar as you tightly pack the cabbage in; if not, add a little bottled water
Don't seal the jar while it is fermenting, as it will build up gas pressure and might break. Just cover with a cloth, or cling-wrap
The sauerkraut will be fermented in about a week. Wipe any excess liquid from around the jar, and put the lid on tightly before moving it to a cool place (e.g. the refrigerator) to mature. It is ready to eat after the first week, but will improve with age and as the bacteria slowly consume the more complex sugars in the cabbage.
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