This is the easiest way to make sauerkraut – no special equipment or starter needed!
- 1 head of cabbage (any color or variety will do)
- Sea salt, kosher salt, or other non-iodized salt
- Reserve the outermost layers of the cabbage.
- Core and then thinly slice or shred the cabbage (a food processor or mandoline make this fast, but a regular knife will work too).
- Place cabbage in a large bowl and sprinkle with a tablespoon or so of salt.
- Begin pounding or kneading the cabbage so that the juices start releasing.
- Continue working the cabbage until your volume has reduced to about half and the cabbage is very wet. This will take about 10 minutes.
- Stuff cabbage into a jar (wide mouth mason jars are easier to work with, but use whatever you have).
- Use a long handled spoon to stuff the cabbage down and allow the juice to rise up over the top.
- Take reserved cabbage leaf and stuff into the jar to hold shredded cabbage down below the level of the liquid.
- Place jar at room temperature somewhere out of sunlight to ferment for approximately 2 weeks. Taste and allow to ferment until it reaches your desired taste.
- Remove top cabbage leaf, cover, and transfer to cold storage.
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Category: Side dish
- Cuisine: German