Thursday, July 12, 2012

I have sauerkraut!

For over a month, a crock of chopped cabbage sat, covered, in a corner of my kitchen.  It was supposed to bubble, but I never saw it bubble.  I was supposed to skim off scum, but I never saw any scum.  I'm pretty sure I used too much salt, but my Russian friend said not to worry about the salt, just rinse the kraut before you cook it.  
I noticed last week when I lifted the towel covering it that it smelled like kraut.  
Really?  It didn't bubble, it didn't produce scum to skim.  
My German neighbor, Dianne, called to discuss gardening and I asked if she ever made sauerkraut.  
"Oh yes," she replied.
I told her I had a crock sitting in the corner, but I had never skimmed off any scum.  
"What?  We never skimmed ours!  We just put it in the basement in a crock, weighted it down, and covered it up.  Sometimes the kraut on top looked a little nasty and we just got rid of that, but it was fine."  
By the way, when I say my German neighbor, I mean her bloodlines are 100% German.  This is true of many people in my community.  They are 100% American, but all their ancestors came from Germany.
So I decided to give my crock of kraut a chance.  
Tonight I had Cliff lift the crock up on the kitchen table and I ladled out enough for the two of us.  I put it in a colander and rinsed it off like my Russian friend said to do.  Then I added a little brown sugar, half an apple chopped up, some kielbasa, and some caraway seeds.  
It was a thing of beauty.  
Tomorrow I will be canning my kraut.  
I have decided there is no way you can ruin sauerkraut.  I did everything wrong, but it turned out right.


Margaret said...

It sounds like excellent kraut to me. I'm a huge fan of the stuff.

kcmeesha said...

I am glad it worked out, I wouldn't want to be a giver of bad advice :-)

Bookncoffee said...

Well, I'm glad you got it to work. I don't like sauerkraut. George does. But I do like kielbasa! :-) Be careful canning! :-)

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Glad you had such great success!!! It sounds wonderful. I like to fix my sauerkraut the way you did too. Of course mine is not homemade.

Rachel said...

This venture shall be much safer from your daughter than the ratatouille was.

Helen said...

Sounds good. Yesterday as I was making cole slaw I told Ken the odor made me think when I used to make sauerkraut.

Missie said...

I love Sauerkraut! Save some for me!