Easy mason jar sauerkraut is a perfect recipe if you’re just starting out with fermented foods. It’s also wonderful if you just like sauerkraut! Easy to make, cheaper than store-bought, good for you and delicious to boot. What’s not to like?
Mason jar sauerkraut isn’t pasteurized so it offers considerable health benefits. These include probiotics essential for gut health and good amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, fiber and iron. However, please be aware that homemade sauerkraut also scores high in sodium.
Mason Jar Sauerkraut – Fermentation
I really like mason jar sauerkraut fermenting in my small kitchen. A quick glance tells me the brine still covers the cabbage (or not). I can easily top it up if it doesn’t. A little taste test (because I’m hooked on this homemade deliciousness) easily determines the right time for refrigeration.
My mini fermenting system includes a quart of mason jar sauerkraut in my fridge with another fermenting on the counter. A batch made from a big cabbage (or cabbage and grated carrot) usually fills a quart mason jar plus one of those pretty jars with the wire-fastened lids. The pretty ones make a nifty “gift in a jar” for friends or family.
Once you see how easy homemade sauerkraut can be, you’ll likely want to try a few variations. My favorite is napa cabbage and carrot, shown above. It’s made the same way as the recipe on this page, but you start with napa cabbage and one grated carrot instead of green cabbage. Slightly sweeter than green cabbage kraut with a subtle flavor twist. Love it!
Red Cabbage Kraut : Popular on FermentationRecipes.com.
Traditional Sauerkraut with Caraway: Well reviewed on Epicurious.com.
Homemade Sauerkraut Five Ways: Caraway, Lemon Garlic and Dill, Apple and Juniper, Spicy Broccoli Leaf and Onion or Lemon Ginger Sauerkraut. Who knew? Thankyourbody.com gets creative with sauerkraut.