This probiotic sauerkraut is an anti-inflammatory powerhouse! Enhanced by the flavours of pineapple, turmeric and ginger, fermented sauerkraut aids digestion, is nutrient-dense and so tasty too. Follow my simple foolproof technique to ferment cabbage the correct way in order to achieve the best flavours and health benefits.
Mix the sea salt with shredded cabbage. Let it sit for half a day, until cabbage juice is released.
Mix in all other ingredients.
Fill the fermentation vessel, such as glass jars or crock, leaving an inch or two head space to the rim. Press down the mixture until the brine comes above the solid. You can use a weight, such as a plate (I use a bag of marbles) to hold the solid down. Cover the fermentation vessel with a lid to keep out the air. Use an airlock if you wish. Or you can use a fermentation lid that holds down the solid and keeps out the air at the same time.
Put a plate under your fermentation vessel to catch over-flowing juice. Check regularly and press down the sauerkrauts if needed during the first 2 weeks, as the fermentation activity will generate a lot of air and push the cabbage and brine up and out of the container.
Let the sauerkraut ferment for a minimum 4-6 weeks, in a cool and dark spot of the house, before eating. Sauerkrauts that are fermented for less than 4 weeks don’t taste very good. My preference is over 2 months.
Once the sauerkraut reaches your desired taste, you can move them to cold storage such as the fridge or cellar. The sauerkraut will continue to develop flavours in cold storage. The longer they age, the better the taste. Sauerkrauts properly fermented will last for years.