Kraut: A Success Story


You may remember sometime ago we had some friends over who make sauerkraut all the time.  They gave us a little live in person tutorial on how to.  Of course I was so busy listening and cleaning cabbage that I forgot to snap pictures.   Everyone raves about their kraut so we were hoping for some good kraut this time around.  Here was the kraut out fermenting.

A couple weeks ago, I brought it in the house, opened it up to find…KRAUT!

I skimmed some yuck off the top and canned the rest.

From now on, this will be my kraut-making process of choice.  The kraut was tastier and we don’t have any spoiled jars.

The real test will be if hubby and I can get the salt to cabbage ratio right.  I’ll worry about that next year, for now I am just going to enjoy the sauerkraut.


  1. Laura says:

    Glad your kraut turned out! When I make it, I use 1/3 cup salt per five gallon pail of shredded cabbage. It doesn’t taste salty, but its good! ;)

  2. Donna says:

    Nice. We rarely eat Kraut except on New Years if dh isn’t working but it sure looks

  3. Donna says:

    Will you share how you did it this time. I’ve never made kraut but would like to try. We love it!

  4. Haillie Reicks says:

    Jo!! I will come over and help with the salt/cabbage ratio!!! It’s my favorite part!! :)

  5. Jane says:

    We add 1 tablespoon of pickling salt per 5 pounds of kraut, plus one tablespoon extra. To weigh it, my husband stands on the scale holding the empty crock, and then again holding the full crock, and I just subtract.

  6. Lyn says:

    My family is Slovak and I grew up with my mom making a wonderful saukerkraut soup (kapusta soup). Great memories!

  7. Linda (manybooks) says:

    Yum! I have never ventured to make my own, but I have had the pleasure to eat homemade kraut, and it is wonderful! Enjoy!

  8. Connie Leadbetter says:

    Oh does this ever bring back memories. My Mom and Dad always made their own homemade sauerkraut. It was sooo good. I would sneak down to the crock and pick a little out and eat it before it was ready to can!!!