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July 05, 2010

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I do my kraut the same way you do yours. It is the best!


Ronnie-thank you for the comment! Congrats on the Kruat : )


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I DID THE 5 GALLON BUCKETS 45 QUARTS LATERS WORKED GREAT KRAUT IS SO WHITE AND SOUR

Just found your site today. Enjoyed reading about how to make kraut in a bucket and a croc. I have tried every year to make kraut and each time it turns dark brown. Had no idea why, but I figure it wasn't enough salt. Also I made it in jars. I have tried adding cold water and hot water. Didn't know the cabbage made its own water, (silly me). Thanks, will try this method soon as the cabbage comes in here, (In N. Ga). Still wondering how to can it though. Thanks for all the good info.

Thanks for another great post. Mom is 81 and makes kraut in a crock also like her mom did. We made it again this year from cabbages she grew in her garden. I'm looking forward to trying it again. It is so much better than what you can buy in the store and is something I look forward to helping with every year.

Linda

Thank you for the comment-so glad you liked my site! Go here-just click the link: http://www.blindpigandtheacorn.com/blind_pig_the_acorn/2011/07/how-granny-makes-kraut.html

to see how Granny makes her kraut in the jar-like your Grandma did. Granny leaves her kraut in the jars-with the same lids and rings until shes ready to eat it.


So glad found your page, I remember grandma making kraut right in jar with salt & water but cant remember how she kept it after you put lids on and it works do you then put new heated sealed lids on jars? hope you can help

Thanks for conformation on ole time crocking.....al though we put half cup plain corn in cheese cloth in bottom to start...same way for ole time chow-chow...we added green tomatoesand peppers-sweet for mild ..hot peppers for added.for...cold days eating...we put all our cabbage satlks whole in (stuck straight in) at the last.....was always a fight to get..at eating times....the meal helped the pickling ..9-11 days instead of 14...we used the rock...same one my granny.my mom,now me,goes to my daughter next.....thanks

This year was the first year that we made kraut. We grew a garden, and our weather here was actually good for cabbage, broccoli, lettuce, and potatoes. We can't grow any sort of squash or tomato outdoors, but we had cabbage! So, we made 52.5 pounds of kraut! We wanted to use our old crocks for it, but then I was reading that a lot of the old crocks have lead in them. Ours are at lease 100 years old, so I'm pretty sure they contain lead. So, we got some food grade buckets for free from a military cook. You can also get them from the deli at grocery stores for free.
Anyway, I like the idea of putting the leaves on top, and will definitely be doing that next year. We didn't much of a problem with mold, since our garage stayed around 50 degrees. My problem was that there never seemed to be enough liquid on top. I even made extra brine to pour on it, so maybe I just need more weight. I used a plate and two jars filled with water, just like you did.
One thing that I would HIGHLY recommend, is a big food processor, using the shred disc instead of the bottom blades. Then it's more like hand cut cabbage. Mine is made by GE, and I think I paid $40 for it (7 years ago). I use the heck out of that thing and it's still kickin'. Instead of shredding pork for barbecue, I stick it in the food processor. If I have to chop a lot of vegetables (like, for jambalaya), chop cabbage for coleslaw, or shred zucchini for bread, I use it. It's probably an 8 cup processor. It sure would cut down your work load.

Elita-yes it was common practice for folks to bury their cabbage as a way to store them-taking one out as they needed it during the winter.


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I heard that the old timers would dig up the cabbages and turn them upside down in the field and store them in the cold weather that way - have you heard of this?

This is my second year making kraut with a food safe bucket...and let me tell you, it is awesome and you cant tell at all the difference. I dont have a crock of my own, and when I found this out last year that I could use a bucket, I was dancing with glee... Hope this may help some of you. Crocks arent always easy to find and when they can, they are quite expensive.

Hello Tipper! This is my first visit to your blog, and I love it! I have been going back a couple pages, and reading everything. You do a really great job!

I live in WV (near Parkersburg), so I love history and info to do with Appalachia! I grew up in Glenville, where the WV State Folk Festival is held every June, and I adore Bluegrass music!

Thanks for posting how to make kraut the old fashioned way! We don't grow it, but I may get some cabbage and give it a try. I wonder if the nutrients stay in pickled foods? Do you have recipes for kraut? I usually just "fry" it with a little bit of sugar to tone it down a bit. I'd love to hear of some other ways of preparing it, if you know of any. :-)

I also have a blog, which is mainly about my gardening and art, in case you'd like to visit. It's at http://wvclaylady.com.

Have a great day!
Shannon

Tipper: All I can say is I bet that would go great with some link sausage.

I never cared much for kraut until I made some homemade in a crock myself. We have a cutter, but we burned up a food processor as well trying to speed things up!

I use the plastic bag with water method, but beware. Last year the bag broke. The water added to the fermenting kraut created rotten cabbage, blech!

My wife's grandmother showed us how to make kraut this way and it was wonderful...one year. Another year we must have goofed it and it was awful...we'll see about this year. Yours looks great so far!

Rachelle-my husband's Aunt Wanda always puts the stalks in too. But me-I eat them as I cut up the cabbage and there isn't usually any left to put in the crock. The stalk is always the best part of a head of cabbage to me : )


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Neat idea to use the plastic bag-especially if you were running low on canning jars.Never heard of pepper cabbage-but folks around here make something similar that they call chowchow. It usually has peppers, cabbage, tomatoes, and sometimes beans in it.


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Thanks for the reminder! I had 9 small stonehead cabbage in the walk-in cooler I I had been intending to make into kraut and this post kicked me into gear. Made a crock of kraut Monday night while waiting on 9 quarts of tomatoes in the water bath canner to finish. Never heard of adding banana peppers to kraut but, I had some in the garden and chopped up and added 8 of them to the kraut. Thanks!

We (my dad and me when I was a kid) used to use a plastic bag on top of the cabbage in the crock and fill it with water so the weight of water would push it down (rather than using a plate) and displace the air. We did the same with crock pickles too. Does anyone else do this? We also made my dad's "pepper cabbage" which was cabbage to green bell peppers in about 2 to 1 ratio. Does anyone ever make "pepper cabbage" in this similar ratio?

Yummy!!!! We haven't had homemade kraut since my Grandma quit making it in the early 1980's. But with your directions, I might try it in August.

I've never eaten homemade kraut. Don't think I've ever known anyone who made it.
Interesting process. Nothing but salt. Huh? I would think there would have more to it. Shows what I know!

We use a kraut cutter, which is a slicing blade on a wood board. The shredded cabbage falls below the blade into the crock. We don't have cabbage here yet, but I think this will be my year to make my own kraut!

Tipper, Wished I had been there with you all but I felt like I was, Thanks for the photos they are GREAT. I also make kraut when the sign is in the knees. My grandmother used the sign in the head, knees and thighs and I follow along in her footsteps also use those same signs. Did you not put the cabbage stalk in there also??? We seem to fight over the cabbage stalk when I open a jar of kraut in the winter!!! Keep up the great work Tipper and the gang!!!!!

Have yet to make Kraut from scratch, Tipper! Since my mother's German, we grew up on it, but I've never learned to pickle it. I'm bookmarking this post just in case. Will keep you posted on how it turns out!

p.s. How exciting that you've been able to grow your own compliments of Hometown seeds. Nothing like fresh grown! :))

When I learned how to make kraut from my neighbor, she said if a woman made kraut 'when her period was on her,' the kraut would go bad.

Tipper,
That seems to be my kind of luck.
Machinery breakdown with little
time to get the job done. Enjoyed
all the pictures of kraut making.
Mama use to make it in a churn,
using a big rock to hold every-
thing down. When I was little I
thought the rock was what made it
so sour it would make a pig squeel. Ken

I just got inspired! Bound and determined to make me some kraut in August. Hubby's dad is 85 and hasn't had homemade kraut since he left his parent's home in Ohio 67 years ago. He will be delighted I'm sure. Can't wait to try this out.

Oh, I can taste it now. It's gonna be so gooood!

I loved reading how you 'make' kraut... I've never made it---and don't think my mother ever made it...BUT--we had it on occasion ---so maybe she did make it and I didn't know how she did it....

I will probably never make it (hubby doesn't like it) --but it's nice to know how it's done.

Thanks, Tipper.
Hugs,
Betsy

Nice pics to show the process, Tipper. I think the food processor "bruises" the cabbage too much and makes it soft instead of crispy, so I prefer to use my old kraut cutter to cut up my cabbage. It does a very good job.

When I make kraut it's usually in small batches so I use the in-the-jar method. It works very well. I blogged it last summer, and the kraut was delicious. I like it that you're using the old crock, though. Passing down the history.

Unlike my husband, I'm not a great cabbage fan. I'm sure he'll love your kraut if I ever manage to make it successfully. In Greece, we make stuffed cabbage leaves with mince meat and rice in an egg and lemon sauce. And of course, we use cabbage a lot in salads.

~ps~ I prefer shredding cabbage with a knife on a cutting board...as it seems to save time and it is tastier, isn't it?

My mom was born in the German Village in Columbus Ohio. Her grandmother, a widow, supported her 5 kids by making and selling saurkraut. She made a good living. I don't believe she had time to make it by the signs. She always 5 or 6 crocks going. Every Sunday as long as I could remember we had pork roast, saurkraut, mashed potatoes and home made apple sauce.

I can smell it and have that tingle on my tongue thinking of it when it is ready. yummmy. much better than store bought. mother used to make it but i can't remember all the steps, I think she used a big canning pot, since she had not crock. sure would like to taste it a couple of weeks from now.

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