Last summer I showed you how to make Kraut the old time way-in a crock. It was only after I met The Deer Hunter that I learned how to use a crock for pickling. Granny doesn't use one-she makes her Kraut in the jar. Pap and Granny have been making Kraut this week-so I went and watched.
While Pap chops the cabbage-Granny sterilizes the jar. I have no clue why she only does one at a time-but that's how she does it.
Granny puts one teaspoon of sugar in a sterilized jar;
she packs the jar full of chopped cabbage-but not too tightly-Granny says it needs a little room to work.
On top of the cabbage-Granny adds 2 teaspoons of salt.
Then she fills the jar with cold water; adds the lid and ring and seals tightly.
Granny sits the jars out on the porch while the Kraut is making. Sometimes the juice will seep out around the lids-the mess is easier to clean up if it's outside.
I asked Granny how long it took the Kraut to make-she said "Oh at least 2 weeks, but I like to leave mine on the porch till cold weather then I'll carry it to the basement."
Granny also said she thought the sun made the Kraut work faster. I said "Does a jar ever explode?" Granny said "Why Lord no it may run out some but it won't explode." Granny's a worrier-after a few minutes she said "Well if it ever did explode it wouldn't hurt nothing outside no way."
Have you ever made Kraut in the jar?
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