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Sauerkraut for Canning

Rated as 4.54 out of 5 Stars

"Step-by-step directions for how to make and can your own sauerkraut."
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2 h 30 m servings 33
Original recipe yields 144 servings (36 pints)


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  1. Remove outer leaves and any undesirable portions from firm mature heads of cabbage; wash and drain. Cut into halves or quarters; remove core. Use a shredder or sharp knife to cut cabbage into thin shreds about the thickness of a dime.
  2. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix 3 tablespoons salt with 5 lbs. shredded cabbage. Let salted cabbage stand for several minutes to wilt slightly; this allows packing without excessive breaking or bruising of the shreds.
  3. Pack salted cabbage firmly and evenly into a large, clean pickling container. Using a wooden spoon, tapper or hands, press down firmly until the juice comes to the surface.
  4. Repeat shredding, salting and packing of cabbage until the container is filled to within 3 to 4 inches of the top. If juice does not cover cabbage, add brine: 1 1/2 tablespoons salt to 1 quart water; bring brine to a boil; cool.
  5. Cover cabbage with muslin or cheesecloth and tuck edges down against the inside of the container. Weight down cabbage under brine. Formation of gas bubbles indicates fermentation is taking place. Remove and discard scum formation each day. A room temperature of 70 degrees to 75 degrees F is best for fermenting cabbage. Fermentation is usually complete in 3 to 6 weeks.
  6. TO CAN: Bring sauerkraut to a simmer (185 to 210degrees F). Do not boil. Pack hot cabbage into hot jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Adjust caps. Process pints 15 minutes, quarts 20 minutes, in a boiling water canner.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 33 calories; 0.1 7.8 1.8 0 1584 Full nutrition

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I am an old farmer from 'way back and have made my own kraut for years. This is the way I make it, except I don't use a crock, but pack the shredded cabbage directly into wide-mouth quart jars. ...

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Easy to do and just about anyone can do it

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I am an old farmer from 'way back and have made my own kraut for years. This is the way I make it, except I don't use a crock, but pack the shredded cabbage directly into wide-mouth quart jars. ...

Anyone who loves sauerkraut will love this recipe...easy to do, and delicious. It's made just the way my mother-in -law has made it for years. I never buy store sauerkraut anymore!

I've been using this recipe for years and it always turns out great - except last year when I left it way too long and it got mushy :( I use kosher salt instead of canning salt, so have to use ...

My husband makes this recipe twice a year. This recipe is delicious. It makes great gifts. Our friends love it when we give them a jar. We seem to never have enough on hand. In Pennsylvania, usi...

So easy, so yummy! I use my food processor to do my shredding, and used a plastic container from my wine making kit(about a six gallon volume) to do the packing. A large plate was a perfect wei...

Thank You! My neihbors are cabbage farmers who share thier 'spoils'. This is an excellent recipe for the cabbage that isn't used for slaw, kimchee, or other cabbage dishes! Thank You! Thank You!

Best yet,better then any store bought.Very simple and well worth the time

try using sea salt you must be pre-warned the flavor is awesome you will be hooked.

Super easy; my family and my church family loved this repcipe.