How to Make Sauerkraut Recipe

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  1. Late cabbage is best for sauerkraut as it is higher in sugar.
  2. Take care to measure the salt accurately- use a knife to level the tablespoon.
  3. The cabbage will not ferment properly if you add too much or too little salt.
  4. With a shredder or sharp knife, shred 5 pounds of cabbage to the thickness of a dime.
  5. Place in a large mixing bowl.
  6. Sprinkle 3 1/2 tablespoons of salt over the cabbage.
  7. Mix well with your hands.
  8. Wash a 10 gallon crock with soapy water, rinse, and scald it with boiling water.
  9. Drain thoroughly.
  10. Pack the salted cabbage, batch by batch, into the crock.
  11. Juices will form as you pack and press the cabbage down.
  12. Repeat the shredding and salting of the cabbage until the crock is filled to within no more than 5 inches from the top.
  13. Press firmly with a masher to extract enough juice to cover the cabbage.
  14. Cover with 2-3 layers of clean white cotton cloth, tucking edges down against side of jar.
  15. Place a heavy scalded plate (that fits snugly inside the crock) on top of the cloth.
  16. Fold the cloth over the plate.
  17. For a weight, fill clean glass jars with water; cap with the lids and screw bands, scald the jars before setting them on the plate.
  18. This weight should be enough so the juice comes over the plate.
  19. Use enough weight to bring the brine 2 inches above the plate- this makes daily skimming easier.
  20. Fermentation will begin the day following packing.
  21. Keep at a cool 70 F (Fermentation will take about 3 weeks.).
  22. Temperatures above 75F will result in premature fermentation and possible spoilage.
  23. Give the sauerkraut daily care.
  24. Remove the film as it forms- wash, scald the cover as often as needed to remove mold and film.
  25. Fermentation is complete if bubbling has stopped and no bubbles rise when the crock is tapped gently.
  26. When the sauerkraut is ready to can, bring it to a boil in a large saucepan, then bottle in hot quart jars.
  27. Process in a boiling water bath for 20 minutes to seal.
  28. You can also add caraway seeds, cranberries, apples and even some garlic to achieve the taste you like.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 1417.19 Kcal (5933 kJ)
Calories from fat 0 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 85900.4mg 3579%
Potassium 9654.4mg 205%
Total Carbs 340.13g 113%
Sugars 170.06g 680%
Dietary Fiber 170.06g 680%
Protein 56.69g 113%
Vitamin C 2097.4mg 3496%
Calcium 2320.1mg 232%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 24.07 Kcal (101 kJ)
Calories from fat 0 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 1458.97mg 3579%
Potassium 163.97mg 205%
Total Carbs 5.78g 113%
Sugars 2.89g 680%
Dietary Fiber 2.89g 680%
Protein 0.96g 113%
Vitamin C 35.6mg 3496%
Calcium 39.4mg 232%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Find out how many calories should you eat.


  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 27.5
  • 29

Good Points

  • low calorie,
  • fat free,
  • saturated fat free,
  • cholesterol free,
  • good source of fiber

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Sugar

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