How to Make Sauerkraut in a Jar — Super Simple Method

September 19, 2016

 A Super Simple & Probiotic Rich Sauerkraut Recipe | Raw | Vegan | Gluten Free | Fermented Foods | Healthy Recipes | My Healthy Homemade Life

No doubt, you’ve probably heard that fermented foods are extremely good for you.

Fermented foods include things such as sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles, pickled vegetables, kombucha, kefir, yogurt, etc.  These foods naturally develop probiotics during fermentation.

 Although you can purchase many so-called “fermented” foods from a supermarket, most of these foods have been pasteurized, killing all of the “friendly” bacteria that will benefit you.

A Super Simple & Probiotic Rich Sauerkraut Recipe | Raw | Vegan | Gluten Free | Fermented Foods | Healthy Recipe

 

Making fermented foods at home is not difficult.   In fact, fermented foods have been made at home for thousands of years!

 If you have never tried making your own fermented foods, I have the perfect recipe for you today, a simple and easy sauerkraut.   You will not need any fancy equipment.  No special crocks or fermenting supplies.   Just a wide mouth jar with a lid and a bowl.  That’s it!

As you peruse the ingredients list,  you’re probably wondering,  “what IS a juniper berry and where in the world would I find them?”

Juniper is an evergreen tree and the “berries” are actually dark blue-black scales that come from the cones.

Fun Fact:  Native Americans are reported to have used juniper berries as an appetite suppressant in times of hunger.  Interesting, huh?   You can just keep that in the back of your mind should you ever experience that kind of hunger.   Your junipers will be waiting behind the oregano and cumin!

  You can purchase juniper berries here if you are having difficulty finding them locally or you can leave them out without it altering the recipe dramatically.

 

 A Super Simple & Probiotic Rich Sauerkraut Recipe | Raw | Vegan | Gluten Free | Fermented Foods

Benefits of Eating Fermented Foods like Sauerkraut

  • probiotic-rich & full of “friendly bacteria” which is good for the gut

  • improves digestion

  • helps you absorb more of the nutrients in the foods you eat

  • boosts immunity

 

A Super Simple & Probiotic Rich Sauerkraut Recipe | Raw | Vegan | Gluten Free | Fermented Foods | Healthy Recipes | My Healthy Homemade Life

 

How to Make Sauerkraut in a Jar

 

What You’ll Need:  

 

Instructions:

In clean, non-metallic bowl, mix the cabbage, juniper berries, caraway seeds, mustard seeds and salt.  Stir the cabbage to release the juices.  Let it rest for 10 minutes, then mix again.  You may let it rest longer (1-2 hours) if needed.

Sterilize the jar and lid by boiling for several minutes in water and draining on a clean dishcloth.

Pack the cabbage mixture into the sterilized quart jar, pushing down with a wooden mallet or clean hands.  Add filtered or non-chlorinated salt water (1 tsp salt per cup of water) to the rim of the jar.  Make sure all  the cabbage is covered by salt water.

Place jar on a plate or tray to catch any overflowing juices.  Keep jar between 65 – 72 degrees F for 2-3 weeks.

After the bubbling stops, check the jar and top off with more salt water (1 tsp per 1 cup of water) if needed.  Skim any (harmless) white spots or film from the top, close the jar tightly and store in the refrigerator.  It will keep for many months.

Enjoy!

–Jen

 

 

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How to Make a Sauerkraut in a Jar
A super simple method of creating sauerkraut in a jar. Full of natural probiotics.
A Super Simple & Probiotic Rich Sauerkraut Recipe | Raw | Vegan | Gluten Free | Fermented Foods | Healthy Recipes | My Healthy Homemade Life
Course Condiments
Prep Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 2-3 weeks
Servings
quart
Course Condiments
Prep Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 2-3 weeks
Servings
quart
A Super Simple & Probiotic Rich Sauerkraut Recipe | Raw | Vegan | Gluten Free | Fermented Foods | Healthy Recipes | My Healthy Homemade Life
Instructions
  1. In clean, non-metallic bowl, mix the cabbage, juniper berries, caraway seeds, mustard seeds and salt. Stir the cabbage to release the juices. Let rest 10 minutes, then mix again. You may let it rest longer (1-2 hours) if needed.
  2. Sterilize the jar and lid by boiling for several minutes in water and draining on a clean dishcloth.
  3. Pack the cabbage mixture into the sterilized quart jar, pushing down with a wooden mallet or clean hands. Add filtered or non-chlorinated salt water (1 tsp salt per cup of water) to the rim of the jar. Make sure all the cabbage is covered by salt water.
  4. Place jar on a tray to catch any overflowing juices. Keep jar between 65 - 72 degrees F for 2-3 weeks.
  5. After the bubbling stops, check the jar and top off with more salt water (1 tsp per 1 cup of water) if needed. Skim any (harmless) white spots or film from the top, close the jar tightly and store in the refrigerator. It will keep for many months.
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2 Comments

  • Reply Bekki June 27, 2017 at 5:42 pm This looks like summer to me. My husband adores a good Sauerkraut. Me, not so much. But this looks doable to me. I love to bless him with tasty homemade goodness:)
    • Reply Jen June 28, 2017 at 7:14 am I like sauerkraut, but like your husband, mine adores it. He'll eat the whole jar in a few days.! I hope you give it a try! There's nothing like blessing your loved ones with homemade, healthy food! :)

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