Fresh Sauerkraut

So I got brave and made my own sauerkraut.  I am a big fan of kraut as well as pickles, kimchi, really anything crunchy and acidy/salty.  I was pleasantly surprised at how simple and easy this was.  Seriously, anyone could do this!!  I got the recipe from a cookbook called EAT DRINK Paleo by Irena Macri.

Start by thinly slicing a half of a head of cabbage and one carrot.  I used purple because I they did in the recipe that I was following and it was so pretty I couldn’t resist.

The next step is almost therapeutic.  Add the cabbage and carrot to a bowl along with a crushed garlic clove and top it with 1 1/2 Tbsp of sea salt and 1/2 tsp  of ground coriander and start mixing it all together with your hands.  The salt will make the veggies start to release their liquids as you are doing this and that is what you want to happen.  Keep mixing and squeezing the mixture together for several minutes, the more you squeeze the more liquid will be released.  Once I was pretty sure I had gotten all of the liquid out that I could, I pushed everything down into the bottom of the bowl and topped it with saran wrap.  Then I placed a saucer on top and weighted it down with a full tea kettle to continue pressing out more liquid.  Leave the mixture for a couple of hours as more liquid will come out than you think is possible.

In the meantime, sterilize a jar.  This is not as daunting as it sounds, just submerge an empty jar to a pot of boiling water for a few minutes and then retrieve it with tongs (be careful) and set it out to dry.  Add the cabbage mixture into the jar pushing everything down so it is submerged in the liquid and close it tightly.  Leave the jar at room temperature for about three days (ours was out for 4 days).  When you open the jar it will smell like sauerkraut 🙂  You can eat it at any time after that.  It keeps in the fridge for a long time.

Eating fresh sauerkraut is very good for you.  Any fermented food has probiotics which are very good for gut health because they balance the bacteria in your digestive system.  The majority of your immune system resides in your gut so it is extremely important to consume probiotics daily.  This can be difficult so I also supplement with Young Livings Life 9 probiotic.  It is the best option I have found as it has 9 different strains of good bacteria and 17 BILLION bacteria!!  No matter how you get your good bacteria, I encourage you to add it to your day.

Hope all is well!!

XOXO -Amber

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