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Posted 30/5/2016 11:41 (#1569)
Subject: Rachel's Simple Sauerkraut


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Simple Sauerkraut (takes four weeks until ready to eat)
Fermented sauerkraut contains many of the healthy probiotics that you'd find in a bowl of yoghurt.It also contains plenty of iron which can boost energy levels and your immune system.

You'll need a bowl, large jar or 'crock'
a heavy weight

1 white cabbage
2 tablespoons sea salt
half teaspoon caraway seeds
5 juniper berries
(spices can be omitted for those that don't like them)

1.Trim, core and finely shred the cabbage.Mix the cabbage with the salt in a large bowl.Squeeze the cabbage a bit with your hands which will help it to release liquid.
2.Transfer your cabbage to your bowl, large jar or crock and add the spices between layers of the shredded cabbage.
3.Lay a whole cabbage leaf on top of the shredded cabbage and pack it down as tight as you can.
4.Cover the bowl with a sheet of muslin and sit a weight on top.Cover with a lid if you have one but ensure that it is not airtight.
5.Ferment for 3-4 weeks in a cool place.The cabbage should be submerged under liquid (if it isn't, add a little salt to the pot because the cabbage does need to be submerged for the recipe to work).Skim off any scum.
6.When the sauerkraut has collapsed and become soft, decant into clean jars and keep in a cool place for up to a year.

Edited by Julie 30/5/2016 11:59
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Posted 26/7/2016 20:45 (#1573 - in reply to #1569)
Subject: Re: Rachel's Simple Sauerkraut


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I've just started learning about lacto-fermentation - a very interesting way of preserving vegetables (not just cabbage, there are lots of options). One thing that has struck me is that it's easy to put too much salt in - the sauerkraut ends up tasting pretty much as salty as it starts. So I'd recommend starting with less salt than the recipe suggests, and taste the raw cabbage once it's all mixed with the salt. I think it should taste about as salty as lightly-salted crisps! And the book I'm working from suggests that when it's finished, it's best stored in the fridge - or at least below 55 deg F (sorry, it's an American book. I think that's about 11 C) to slow down the continuing fermentation process.
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