Making sauerkraut is so easy, it's embarrassing. If you've never done it, and you would like to make your own, please do not be afraid, Gentle Reader. Go out and purchase a Fido Jar. You could purchase a Pikl-It jar, but they are a lot more costly, and the Fido works just as well. In one of the pictures here you will see the big Pikl-It I am using and a smaller Fido. If I had to do it over, I'd just buy Fido jars. The one I have I bought at a thrift store for a song!
That picture of me up there is right after I went out and harvested the rest of our little cabbages. It took all of 2 minutes to do that. I have used some of the cabbages already, but these were left, and the slugs are taking an interest, so it was time to get them out of harm's way.
I weighed them. There was approximately 5 pounds, after I shredded them in the food processor. Take out the cores first. You can also use a sharp knife and cut shreds as small as possible, but the food processor is like having a magic wand. Truly.
Here is the cabbage, after being shredded:
For the 5 pounds of shredded cabbage, I sprinkled on 3 Tablespoons of sea salt. (If you have a choice, don't use "table salt", but if you don't, just use it!) I sort of mixed it in and then let it sit for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, here is what it looked like:
Then I just squished it vigorously with my hands until it was nice and juicy, then I packed it into the two jars. You don't want to fill them up all the way to the top, as the sauerkraut will "heave" when it starts fermenting.
I will be able to tell when it is "done," as you can easily see when the fermentation is complete and everything settles down. You can also do a taste test. When it tastes right, it is! Then, pack your kraut into another glass jar and cover it well. Store in the refrigerator.
Now, on to my next surprise! Have you ever heard of "Armenian cucumbers?" I never did until this year. I read online that they are actually a variety of musk melon. But you pick them while young and they are really really nice cucumbers. No need to peel them. Pick them before they start to form seeds and use them just like any other cucumber. I love them! They are interesting and beautiful, as well as deliciousl