Chlorophyll is the lifeblood of plants, and is known as an important part of a healthy human diet. Foods rich in chlorophyll include any dark green leafy vegetable or herb. By combining cabbage with collard greens and fresh parsley, this kraut packs an extra punch of chlorophyll.
1 large head green cabbage
2 bunches fresh parsley
2 small, or 1 very large, bunch of fresh collard greens
4 garlic cloves
Juice of ½ lemon
4 tablespoons sea salt
Additional brine as needed: 1 quart water plus 2 tablespoons sea salt
Shred the cabbage and put it in a large bowl.
Remove stems from collard leaves, roll the leaves, and slice vertically into 1-inch pieces. Turn and chop horizontally into 1-inch pieces. Repeat with all of the remaining collard greens.
Mince parsley and garlic cloves and add to cabbage and collards. Add the lemon juice.
Sprinkle in the salt and mix well with clean hands, massaging in the salt. Pound with a Cabbage Crusher or potato masher for 5 minutes to allow the juices to come out of the cabbage.
Transfer to a clean fermentation vessel. Pack down firmly using a clean fist, or a wooden spoon or pounder. The brine should come at least 1 inch above the level of the vegetables. If it doesn’t, add brine as needed.
Cover the jar with a tight lid, airlock lid, or coffee filter secured with a rubber band.
Culture at room temperature (60-70°F is preferred) until desired flavor and texture are achieved. If using a tight lid, burp daily to release excess pressure.
Once the kraut is finished, put a tight lid on the jar and move to cold storage. The kraut's flavor will continue to develop as it ages.
Although I adore plain sauerkraut, it's fun to change things up. This recipe is simply amazing! Who knew collards would be a tasty addition? The fact you can add a dark green leafy veggie and not have it turn out slimy was such a relief, as I was picturing limp, lifeless mush. I did use extra brine, and with my sauerkrauts I always do more pounding than what is called for. My tip: pound and massage for the 5 minutes as the recipe indicates, but allow it sit undisturbed for another 10-15 minutes (forgetting about it is ok too!) and pound again for a few minutes before transferring it to your fermentation vessel. You won't be sorry!
Jerri, Customer Support Representative
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