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You Will Need
- 5 lbs. green cabbage
- 3 tbsp. kosher salt
- Food processor
- Crock or plastic container
- Mason jar
- Storage jars with lids
- 1 tbsp. juniper berries (optional)
- 2 tsp. caraway seeds (optional)
Shred cabbage; mix with salt
Shred the cabbage in the food processor, working in small batches. Then place the shredded cabbage in a large bowl and add salt. Use clean hands to mix it well.
Pack cabbage into plastic container
Add a batch of salted cabbage to a large plastic container. Use your hand to press it firmly into the bottom. Continue adding and pressing cabbage in batches, leaving at least 5 inches of clearance between the cabbage and the top of the plastic container.
Add weight and cover cabbage
Cover the cabbage with a plate that fits snugly into the plastic container. Then fill the Mason jar with water and place it on top of the plate to add weight. Cover the container with a towel.
Check to make sure brine is produced
Let the cabbage sit for 6 hours, and then check to make sure brine is being produced. You should find at least 1 inch of brine covering the plate. Press down on the plate or add more weight if the cabbage isn't producing enough brine.
Store; check brine level
Store the container in a place where the temperature is 70 degrees. Check the sauerkraut every two days, and skim any foam from the top of the brine with a spoon. Rinse and replace the plate and jar, and keep the brine at 1 inch above the plate. Add more weight if the brine evaporates.
Taste cabbage after one week
Taste the cabbage after it has been fermenting for 1 week. Allow it to ferment until it reaches the density of flavor you like -- anywhere from 1 to 4 weeks.
Add to jars and refrigerate
Add the finished sauerkraut to jars, filling them with the cabbage and brine and leaving 1/2 inch of head space. Store the jars in the refrigerator, where it will keep for 3 to 4 months. Enjoy your crunchy and tangy treat as a side with your favorite dishes.