As winter has hit the UK this week I thought I would share with you a few recipes that will hopefully keep you well this winter. Our immune systems can be compromised during the colder months so it’s always a good idea to eat foods that can help. Sauerkraut is a fermented cabbage that is loaded with probiotic. Eating probiotics helps us to have a healthy immune system. So therefore our bodies can protect themselves against all the nasty bugs that might be around at this time of year. Below the picture is the video link for this recipe and the blog post too.
Makes 1 mason jar
- Sharp knife
- Chopping board
- Food processor with grater attachment
- Large mixing bowl
- Mason jar
- Small jar with stones or a large stone.
- Tea Towel
- String or rubber band
- Cabbage x 1 small
- Fennel x 1 bulb
- Cumin x 2 tsps
- Salt x 2 tsps
- Slice the cabbage into quarters and remove the core.
- Now cut these vegetables into large chunks so they fit into the funnel of the food processor.
- If you have not already done so, put the grater attachment onto the food processor.
- Grate the cabbage and the fennel chunks.
- When they are grated, remove the blade and put the mixture into the bowl.
- Add the salt and cumin seeds.
- Mix the ingredients together with your hands for about 5 to 10 minutes.
- Once water begins to seep from the vegetables, stop mixing.
- Pour the contents into the mason jar.
- Put a small jar with stones or a stone that will fit into the top of the mason jar on top of the mixture.
- Put the tea towel over the open top and tie with string or use an elastic band.
- Store in a cool dark place for 3 days, ensuring the lid is left open, so that the moisture can evaporate.
- After three days remove from the cool place.
- Unfasten the tea towel and take the stone or small glass jar out.
- Fasten the lid on the mason jar and store in the fridge until ready to eat.
- Then serve and enjoy.
Sauerkraut won’t keep for a long time and must be eaten within three days. It can be eaten as part of a main meal, instead of greens, or as part of a snack. Plus it’s a simple but yummy way to help the stomach any time of the year especially in winter. However or whenever you decide to eat this dish, as always, enjoy.
Have you ever eaten fermented foods and what did you think? Let me know in the comments below and please don’t forget to like and follow me. Thank you. xxx