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50+ Easy Ways to Use Sauerkraut (Jar, Bag, or Homemade)

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Loaded with gut-friendly bacteria and plenty of flavor, these 50+ Easy Ways to Use Sauerkraut are sure to make your taste buds dance! Whether you have homemade, a store-bought jar, or a plastic bag of sauerkraut, these delicious recipes are perfect for quick, easy, and healthy home-cooked meals anytime.

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❀️ Why you will love these recipes

  • Use any kind: Homemade in a crock or mason jar, store-bought bavarian sauerkraut in a plastic bag or jar, These recipes work with any version of sauerkraut.
  • Easy recipes: Many of these recipes are set-it-and-forget-it style in a crockpot or instant pot. So simple and delicious every time!
  • Different recipes: There are so many different ways to use sauerkraut! From spicy sausage to simple salads and of course Reuben sandwiches, there are so many fun things to do with this ingredient.
  • Health benefits of sauerkraut: Fermented cabbage is loaded with beneficial bacteria, the main one being lactic acid bacteria. The German word “sauerkraut” literally means acid (sauer) cabbage (kraut).

❓ What is Sauerkraut?

Sauerkraut is one of the most common probiotic foods. It’s chock full of good bacteria and so great for supporting a healthy gut. It’s made with white or red cabbage and salt, but you can also add ingredients like onion, carrot, apple, caraway seeds, juniper berries, and ground black pepper or peppercorns.

How to make your own sauerkraut

This sour cabbage dish is made with a head of cabbage or two, and salt. All you have to do is shred the raw cabbage and cover it with sea salt. In a large bowl, massage it to release the natural liquid inside of the cabbage. Eventually, enough sauerkraut juice will be released from the shredded cabbage for the vegetable to be submerged in liquid. At this point, you can pack it tightly into a fermentation container like a glass jar or fermentation crock covered by cabbage leaves and something to weigh the top of the cabbage down.

Cover the top of the jar of sauerkraut with a cloth or the lid of the fermentation crock and store it at room temperature out of direct sunlight. You don’t want to close it tightly with a lid because the air bubbles that are created during fermentation will need to escape. Now the fermentation process will begin. The fermenting process takes around 4-10 days in total, depending on the season (lower temperatures take longer).

Check out my Homemade Sauerkraut Recipe for all of the best tips on making your own at home.

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