Sauerkraut could perhaps be one of the most vital things you could add to your diet because to nourish your gut, is to nourish your body and mind.
Sauerkraut works wonders for your digestion, producing amazing amounts of probiotics and other disease-preventing compounds.
This recipe is taken from my cookbook Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics.
Key: gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, grain-free, egg-free, paleo, vegetarian, vegan, raw, for adults too
Makes: 2 to 3 x 1 litre jars
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Fermenting Time: 10 – 21 days
(t. = teaspoon; T. = tablespoon, C. = cup)
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- 1 t. cumin seeds
- 1 t. caraway seeds
- ½ C. filtered water
- 1 cabbage, washed & shredded (save 3 big leaves)
- 1 T. desert or sea salt, ground
- Place the seeds in ½ cup filtered water to soak.
- Shred the washed cabbage in a food processor then place in a large bowl.
- Sprinkle the salt over the cabbage and start rubbing! After 10 minutes of massaging the salt into the cabbage you will notice a lot of juice being released. This is good!
- Mix in the seeds.
- Transfer the cabbage to sterilised glass jars and pound down to release any air bubbles. If the cabbage is not submerged in its own juice, add some of the seed soak water and additional filtered water.
- Place the big cabbage leaf over the shredded cabbage to hold it down.
- Put the lid on and leave the jar in a cool, dark cupboard.
- Everyday for the first three days open the jar and pound down the cabbage again. If there is liquid spilling out the top, that’s okay (good in fact). Just clean it up.
- Leave the jars in a cupboard for 10 – 21 days to allow the fermentation to develop. (Fermenting will go quicker in summer when the ambient temperature is higher.)
- Once your sauerkraut is ready to eat it must be transferred to the fridge.
- Sauerkraut can be stored in the fridge for up to 6 months.
We even made our very first recipe video with sauerkraut!
Mila’s cousin Lily LOVES sauerkraut!
I am so in love with fermented foods and their health benefits that I produced my own range under the Mila’s Munchies label – you can see more about my products on the Mila’s Munchies Facebook page. (There are some great articles there on fermented foods, probiotics and their health benefits too.)
Health Benefits of Fermented Foods
“Fermented foods don’t just lounge around your belly doing nothing, they’re active! After you eat them, those bacterial armies get to work, helping to balance your gut bacteria and stomach acids; releasing enzymes to help ease and improve digestion – and make it easier for your body to extract and absorb more nutrients from the foods you eat. They are powerful detoxifiers, helping to break down and eliminate heavy metals and other toxins from your body. Another pleasant side effect of all that activity? Less constipation and easier elimination, drug and stimulant-free.” – Dr. Frank Lipman, South African founder and director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City
Sauerkraut boosts the immune system, is rich in probiotics and aids digestion. It is rich in Vitamin A, C and K, Folate and Fibre.
Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable, which along with its family members (brussel sprouts, kale and broccoli) is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and extremely high in anti-cancer phytochemicals. It is also excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, and vitamin B6. It is also a very good source of manganese, dietary fibre, potassium, vitamin B1, folate and copper.
Cumin seeds are an excellent source of iron. They aid digestion, scavenge free radicals in your body and aid detoxification.
Caraway seeds have properties that stimulate the appetite and can help treat indigestion, intestinal gas, acid reflux and other digestion-based conditions. It is also said to help with chemotherapy-induced nausea.
HANDY FERMENTING EQUIPMENT
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Crafty Cultures Fermentation Lid
The fermentation lid includes a small hole that allows the gases caused by fermentation to percolate through it, without allowing any contaminants to get to the fermenting substance. It prevents air from getting into the fermentation container.
Crafty Cultures Fermentation Bottle with Airlock & Bung
The tubing creates an airlock when half filled with water and keeps unwanted contaminants out while allowing gases from the fermentation process to escape
Fermenta Crock Pot
When filled, the water/oil gutter seal system locks oxygen out of the crock pot and allows the naturally created carbon dioxide to escape.
Weights are supplied to help keep all food stuffs below the surface of the brine solution to keep fermentation even and consistent.
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