CLASSIC SAUERKRAUT

(makes 1 gallon)

INGREDIENTS

2 large heads of cabbage

4 tbsp sea salt

Optional kraut spices : caraway, juniper berry, mustard seed, coriander (~ 4 tbsp total) or Preserved Kraut Spice blend or mix it up with our Eastern Pickling Spice for a Golden Kraut!

Peel off two outer layers of cabbage leaves and save. Cut out and finely chop the core. Chop or shred cabbage leaves. Mix cabbage with sea salt in a large bowl. Squeeze the cabbage and salt together with your hands, kneading thoroughly until it releases its juice. Let it sit out for an hour to draw out more liquid. Pack the kraut tightly into a clean one-gallon vessel using your fist or a wooden tamper. Lay the two reserved whole cabbage leaves on top of the kraut and press down to submerge in the liquid. All the kraut and the whole cabbage leaves should be below the liquid. If there is not enough liquid, add just enough additional water to submerge the cabbage.

Use a ceramic weight (or other creative weight) if necessary to keep vegetables submerged. Leave about an inch of headspace from the top of the vessel. As the kraut ferments, it naturally produces carbon dioxide, which will cause everything to expand.