A sauerkraut recipe that has amazing health benefits
Our weekly box of vegetables from the farm is quite well stocked this time of year, and one common item right now is cabbage. Last week I got a beautiful head of white cabbage, and decided to make some Sauerkraut. I headed to my recipe box for my favorite sauerkraut recipe.
That is one of my favorite things to do this time of year. Not only do I enjoy the taste of the finished product, I love the health benefits of eating such a delicious fermented food and I truly enjoy the process of making the sauerkraut.
In his book, Wild Fermentation, Sandor Ellix Katz highlights the following as some of the benefits of eating fermented foods in addition to having great recipes such as a great sauerkraut recipe:
- Nutrient Preservation – (cabbage can be stored much longer as sauerkraut)
- Makes foods more easily digested by breaking down complex proteins or components like lactose that can be difficult to digest
- Creates new nutrients, especially B vitamins
- Some fermented foods function as antioxidants
- Some toxins are removed from foods through the fermentation process
And, finally, the benefit that I think of the most is that eating live, fermented foods supplies our digestive tracts with “living cultures essential to breaking down food and assimilating nutrients.”
In a lecture called Optimum Nutrition, Susun Weed speaks of how each nutrient needs a specific micro-organism to transport it to the cells in the body where it will be used, so it is vitally important to our health that we maintain a healthy population of these micro-organisms.
So, how can you make this delicious, nutritious sauerkraut at home? What’s our favorite sauerkraut recipe?
Well, you will need for this sauerkraut recipe is a large bowl or plastic bucket, a glass jar or crock, some kind of pounder, a wood or plastic follower (a plastic lid that fits inside your crock or jar), a weight (could simply be a jar of water or rocks), cabbage, and kosher salt.
source with step-by-step pictures on how to make your own