25 lbs cabbage
3/4 cup canning or pickling salt
Quality: For the best sauerkraut, use firm heads of fresh cabbage. Shred
cabbage and start kraut between 24 and 48 hours after harvest.
Yield: About 9 quarts Procedure: work with about 5 pounds
of cabbage at a
time. Discard outer leaves. Rinse heads under cold running water and
Cut heads in quarters and remove cores. Shred or slice to a thickness
of a quarter. Put cabbage in a suitable fermentation container and add
3 tablespoons of salt. Mix thoroughly, using clean hands. Pack firmly
until salt draws juices from cabbage. Repeat shredding, salting, and
packing until all cabbage is in the container. Be sure it is deep enough
so that its rim is at least 4 or 5 inches above the cabbage. If juice
does not cover cabbage,
add boiled and cooled brine (l-l/2 tablespoons of salt per quart of
Add plate and weights; cover container with a clean bath
towel. Store at 70 degrees to 75 degrees F while fermenting. At temperatures
between 70 degrees and 75 degrees F., kraut will be fully fermented
in about 3 to 4 weeks;
At 60 degrees to 65 degrees F, fermentation may take 5
to 6 weeks. At temperatures lower than 60 degrees F, kraut may not ferment.
Above 75 degrees F, kraut may become soft.
If you weigh the cabbage down with a brine-filled bag,
do not disturb the
crock until normal fermentation is completed (when bubbling ceases).
use jars as weight, you will have to check the kraut 2 to 3 times each
week and remove scum if it forms. Fully fermented kraut may be kept
tightly covered in the refrigerator for several months or it may be
canned as follows:
Hot Pack-- Bring kraut and liquid slowly to a boil in
a large kettle,
stirring frequently. Remove from heat and fill jars rather firmly with
kraut and juices, leaving l/2-inch headspace. Adjust lids. Process pints
and quarts l5 minutes in the boiling water canner.
Raw Pack-- Fill jars firmly with kraut and cover with
l/2-inch headspace. Adjust lids. Process pints 20 minutes and quarts
minutes in the boiling water canner.