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Farmhouse Culture's Classic Kraut with Caraway

Making kraut can be a bit of a science. Follow the fermentation tips for best results.

  • prep: 30 mins
    total time: 21 days
  • yield: Makes 3 pints

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Ingredients

  • 1 head green cabbage (3 pounds), shredded (14 cups), 3 whole small leaves reserved
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • Coarse sea salt

Cook's Note

Kraut can be refrigerated submerged in brine for up to 6 months.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Combine cabbage, caraway seeds, and 1 tablespoon salt in a large bowl. Let stand for 20 minutes. Massage to release liquid from cabbage (forming a brine), about 5 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Pack cabbage mixture into 3 pint-size canning jars, making sure brine covers cabbage by at least 1 inch and leaving 1 to 2 inches of space at the top. Fold and push 1 reserved leaf into each, filling the top space (leaves do not need to be fully submerged).

  3. Step 3

    Close jars tightly, and transfer to a glass baking dish or a nonreactive container with 2-inch-high sides. Let stand in a cool, dark place (64 degrees to 70 degrees) for 5 days.

  4. Step 4

    Slowly open and quickly close jars to gently release built-up pressure, being careful not to let the liquid bubble out. Let stand for 5 more days. Reopen jars to release pressure.

  5. Step 5

    Let stand for 5 more days. Taste to determine if kraut is sour enough. Let stand until kraut is to your liking (we like a 21-day ferment), continuing to open jars every few days to release pressure.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, October 2011

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