By helenscooking, member
Posted: December 26th, 2011
I bet you bought sauerkraut in the closest supermarket to make hot dogs. It is sour…mmm, very sour, with lots of liquid in a bag…generally sauerkraut sold in stores aren’t to my taste, I guess you noticed it. And maybe there’s nothing wrong with, just I love sauerkraut with cranberries and onion and sunflower/or olive oil. It’s the best winter dish for the family. It’s great for Christmas too. It is light and goes great with meats and mashed potatoes or fish. All in all you’ll love it at first bite because this is the best one you will ever eat!
3 lb of cabbage shredded (it is one big white cabbage, normally…)
1 cup of shredded carrots (normally it is one big carrot)
1/2 teaspoon of bay leaves grinded
10-15 black peppercorns
1 liter or 33.81 fluid ounces of water
2 tablespoons of salt
1.5 tablespoons of sugar
1 cup of cranberries
Now you have to understand that pickling cabbage takes time, BUT! it comes out very delicious. A family of two will eat 1.5 lbs of cabbage in 3-4 days during family dinners.
I normally cook 1.5 lbs to 10lb. depending on t
he occasion that and mood.
Pickling cabbage by this recipe takes 3-4 days. In my house it takes 3 days , in you house it may be ready sooner or slower, everything depends on the place and the temperature in your house. The cabbage has to “sit”in the dark and warm place and you have to choose a container for pickling that will keep the cabbage pressed and warm during the process of pickling.
Step 1. Shred the cabbage and the carrots. (carots should be previously peeled and washed). Squeeze and mix carrots and cabbage, Put in a pickling container.
Step 2.Prepare the pickling mixture: preheat the water, when it starts boiling add: salt, sugar and bay leaves. Wait until it will start boiling again and turn the gas off. Cool the mixture and pour it into container with cabbage.
Step 3. Take the peppercorns and put it inside the cabbage as many as you wish. Press the cabbage and put into a dark warm place. (I put it on my fridge under a wok frying pan)
Step 4: Stir every days so that the juices would spred evenly.
Step 5. On day 3 or 4 check for readiness. The cabbage should have slight foam on top. Not a lot.
If the cabbage is ready, take the handful of it squeeze and put in another clean container. When you put all the cabbage into a new container, put washed cranberries on top and coverwith lid.
To serve the homemade sauerkraut just finely chop the onion, take from your container as much cabbage as you need. add salt and pepper and 1 tablespoon of olive oil and mix everything very well.
Serve with mashed potatoes and with a bird.
P.S. you can cook soup or bake a pie with this sauerkraut, as well as make a lot of salads. Just let me show you in my next posts.