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I just finished making my first batch of sauerkraut and sampled it, only to discover that it’s way too salty. I realized after referring to the original recipe that I used the amount of salt suggested for 5 pounds of cabbage when I only had 2.5 pounds.
What can I do, if anything, to save the sauerkraut? I wasn’t sure if just adding the missing cabbage was a feasible option because of the way it’s made, and part of me wonders if the salt is now just part of the meal.
Rinsing the sauerkraut works a treat; we do it all the time with store-bought and homemade sauerkraut alike. Since every batch of sauerkraut is different, the only way to ensure that your dishes are properly salted is to rinse and taste it. Yes, some salt has penetrated the cabbage, but the majority will remain in the brine or on the surface.
If rinsing in a colander isn’t enough (and it probably won’t be if you used twice the recommended amount of salt), remove the liquid as much as possible, then cover with clean water and soak. Rinse and re-rinse until the salt level is tolerable.
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Sauerkraut is cabbage that has been fermented. I know, it doesn’t sound all that exciting, but believe me when I say it’s delicious! To be honest, I didn’t care for sauerkraut when I first tried it. But I wanted to like it, so I made the decision to put in the effort. I began with 1 teaspoon, which I combined with sautéed onions, potatoes, and sausage. The taste was slight, but it was there. Over the course of a few weeks/months, I gradually increased the amount of food I consumed. Then one day I realized I really liked it!! I began to use it on everything, including hamburgers, tacos, and sausages (of course). What’s my favorite way to enjoy it? Eggs are a type of food. Isn’t that strange?! That’s how: bizarrely delicious! If you like it, give it a try; I promise you’ll love it!
Sauerkraut is fermented cabbage, as I previously mentioned. Fermented foods are a fantastic way to add variety to your diet. For the longest time, I was just concerned about what foods I could avoid in my diet: no more dairy, gluten, garbage-y gluten-free items, and finally legumes. That was a vital part of my rehabilitation, but it wasn’t until I began consciously implementing super foods that I began to notice major improvements.
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When salt is applied to cooked cabbage, it draws the liquid out and facilitates the conversion of the cabbage’s natural sugars to lactic acid. This, along with the salt, helps to keep the cabbage fresh. Originally a wintertime staple, sauerkraut is now prized for its superior health benefits, owing to the probiotics produced during the fermentation process.
Sauerkraut is the European version of Korean kimchi, but it’s pickled after being thinly sliced rather than in huge chunks. It’s very rarely flavored with something other than a pinch of caraway seed or anything similar.
It’s a great sandwich ingredient when raw, and it goes well with sausages and meats, especially those that have been smoked. You can rinse it quickly to remove the saltiness if needed. Sauerkraut is a key ingredient in New York’s popular reuben sandwiches, which are made with corned (salt) beef, swiss cheese, and a chili-spiked dressing on fried or grilled rye bread.
Sauerkraut goes well with smoked fish, such as hot-smoked salmon, and can be cooked with stock, beer, or wine. It can also be eaten with sausages or salted meats. Cranberries offer a pleasant contrast of color and texture when eaten with roasted game birds, while apple pairs well with pork or chicken.
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Is there something better than a hot dog with sauerkraut tucked inside the bun at a summer barbecue? There isn’t much. Beyond the flavor, there are several health benefits to having this fermented cabbage in your diet throughout the year, not just throughout the summer. Here are only a few examples.
Sauerkraut has been common in Central Europe for centuries and is a good source of vitamin C. Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, protects the body from free radical damage and stress. Vitamin K, which aids in blood clotting, as well as calcium, potassium, and phosphorus, are all healthy nutrients found in sauerkraut. Fermentation makes it easier for your body to consume these nutrients, which is a plus.
Sauerkraut is rich in probiotics, or beneficial bacteria that battle toxins and bacteria that aren’t so good for you. Probiotics, in a nutshell, feed the healthy bacteria in your stomach, resulting in improved digestive health. Probiotics have also been shown to alleviate symptoms of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation.