If you are trying to avoid refined salt or are on a low sodium diet, you can still enjoy delicious kraut. This recipe uses herbal seeds to replace the salt in normal kraut. Making this kind of kraut is a bit riskier when it comes to foreign bacteria having a foothold, so it is recommended that you make this kind of kraut in the winter and keep a good eye on it during fermentation.
- 5 pounds cabbage
- 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
- 1 tablespoon dill seeds
- 1 tablespoon celery seeds
- 1 tablespoon crushed peppercorns
- Filtered water
- Shred or chop cabbage finely. Place in a non-metal bowl.
- Grind seeds and peppercorns with a mortar and pestle; toss ground seeds in the bowl with the cabbage until well blended. Pound the mixture a little with a wooden spoon or cabbage crusher to get the juices flowing.
- Pack the cabbage mixture into the clean jar, rather tightly. Add just enough water to bring the brine just above the cabbage level.
- Weigh the cabbage down with a fermenting weight, if needed.
- Ferment in a cool place away from sunlight and drafts.
- Check the kraut every day. Smell it and replenish the water if needed. Keep a close eye on it. If it starts to smell anything but sour, start again. Making kraut without salt is doable, but is a risk, so be attentive and aware of what the ferment is doing and keep it happy. Mold may appear on the surface, but don’t worry about it unless the mold is dark-colored.
- Sauerkraut should start to get tangy within about five days. Continue tasting daily and place in cold storage when it reaches desired flavor.
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