I follow refarmer  and in her blog she has been talking about her sauerkraut   adventures.   I had been wanting to do this for awhile, but just “hadn’t gotten around to it”.

Fast forward to today when I was at the hardware store to get some nails.  On the way to the cash registers, I noticed a 1 gallon pickling crock, lid and weight sitting on the “last chance” table.  US$7 for all three items.

I bought them…and the nails.

On the way home, I stopped at the grocery store and got some cabbage.  After a quick look at some recipes with my smart phone, it seemed that 5 pounds was perfect for a 1 gallon crock but the store had only one head of cabbage left…just a bit over 2-1/2 pounds.

I brought all that home, removed the core, shredded the cabbage, added 1-1/2 tablespoons canning/pickling salt (canning or pickling salt has no iodine, nor other additives) and then pretended it was like bread and kneaded the salted cabbage.  After about 10 minutes, the cabbage was floating around in the water that was released by the cabbage.  I was amazed that the cabbage held that much water in it.

So, now I have a half full crock of….cabbage.  I’ll see how it goes in a week or so.

5 thoughts on “Sauerkraut

  1. What a fantastic find – and for such a great price! I’ve seen crocks available, but none with lids and weights. I will likely have to buy online (I much prefer to buy local, if I can).

    I look forward to hearing how yours turns out!

  2. They were made by Ohio Stoneware and I found them in an Ace Hardware store.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if Canadian Tire or Home Hardware had them… but probably not at such a discounted price.

    I have no idea why this set was so reduced in price as the same items were on the store shelves at the regular prices.

    • My maternal grandfather made the sauerkraut in my family. I didn’t particularly like when I was very young, but over the years it became “OK” tasting and now, I love it.

      It’s amazing how taste preferences change! 🙂

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