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Easy Homemade Spicy Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is a traditional fermented cabbage food that is simple and easy to make. Sauerkraut is full of naturally occurring, gut healing probiotics. If you are in the process of healing your gut or you’re simply looking for a way to get in more probiotics, sauerkraut is an easy option you can make in your own kitchen.

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How Does Sauerkraut Heal the Gut?

Traditional Sauerkraut is usually just salt and cabbage, but I have jazzed up the recipe below using extra vegetables and spicy flavors. The good atmospheric bacteria in our homes grows and helps produce lactic acid during the fermentation process. When you hear bacteria, it is easy to be alarmed, but don’t me. Fermented foods are made with good bacteria that is essential for our gut flora.

Sauerkraut, a Traditional Dish

Before convenience style cooking and lifestyles became part of our modern culture, many families thrived on the food preservation style of fermentation. Many traditional cultures and families, fermented their vegetables using salt and spices, knowing that the fermentation process wont prevent the vegetables from rotting. Plus, it became a way for families to keep their families fed throughout winter when crops were limited.

How to use sauerkraut to help heal the gut. Easy to make spicy vegetable sauerkraut recipe for gut health and healing. Vegan recipes for gut health.

The fermentation process of sauerkraut is very similar to other alike dishes like kimchi (Korean fermented cabbage and vegetables) and cortido (Latin America fermented cabbage).

Sally Fallon writes about lacto-fermentation in her book Nourishing Traditions:

The proliferation of lactobacilli in fermented vegetables enhances their digestibility and increases vitamin levels. These beneficial organisms produce numerous helpful enzymes as well as antibiotic and anti carcinogenic substances. Their main by-product, lactic acid, not only keeps vegetables and fruits in a state of perfect preservation but also promotes the growth of healthy flora throughout the intestine.

Is it Easy to Make Sauerkraut?

At first it can seem intimidating to make your own fermented foods at home. I believe sauerkraut is an easy recipe to start with if you are trying to incorporate more traditional and/or fermented items in your home.

Sauerkraut is simple to make and enjoyable on salads, burgers, or even as a tangy snack all on its own.

Another recommendation I would make is to use organically grown cabbage and vegetables. Conventionally grown produce is grown using harmful pesticides and chemicals. It seems contradicting to make such nourishing foods with vegetables that have been sprayed or treated with harmful chemicals.

How to use sauerkraut to help heal the gut. Easy to make spicy vegetable sauerkraut recipe for gut health and healing. Vegan recipes for gut health.

Spicy Sauerkraut Recipe

I put this recipe together using a traditional sauerkraut (cabbage/salt) recipe. Because I prefer tang and spice, I had some extra vegetables and spices to take it up a notch. the combination of radish, onion, a little ginger, and carrots, helps add a unique flavor to the dish.

If you enjoy spicy and you’re looking for another way to naturally support your body and immune system, you would love my recipe for fire cider here.

How to use sauerkraut to help heal the gut. Easy to make spicy vegetable sauerkraut recipe for gut health and healing. Vegan recipes for gut health. Recipes for the traditional housewife.
Spicy Vegetable Sauerkraut
Spicy Vegetable Sauerkraut
Servings
3quarts (approx.)
Servings
3quarts (approx.)
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place all of the prepared/cut vegetables in a large mixing bowl and sprinkle with the salt and red pepper flakes.
  2. Using a meet pounder or your clean hands, pound all of the vegetables to release the juices. This takes a few minutes for me. I prefer to use my hands and squeeze the vegetables tightly.
  3. Let the vegetables sit for about 5 - 10 minutes and repeat the process until juices cover the top of the vegetables.
  4. Add you vegetable mixture to a wide mouth mason jar or glass container that has a lid you can completely close. Press the vegetable mixture tightly in to the jar of your choice.
  5. Make sure there is 1 inch below the top of the jar. As the vegetables ferment and juices release, the level of liquid will rise slightly. Leaving 1 inch will help keep the juice from overflowing. Close the lid.
  6. Place the jar(s) in an area that is room temperature for about 4 - 7 days. You can move the jars to cold storage in the refrigerator after this time frame. It can be eaten immediately, or it can ferment longer. Depending on your taste preference, this part is up to you.

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