Red Cabbage & Apple Kraut
- Serves: 1 pt
- Active Time: 1 hr
- Total Time: 1 hr
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Step 1: Preparing the Ingredients• 1/2–head red cabbage (approx. 1 lb), chopped
• 1/4 cup green apple, sliced
• 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
Combine the cabbage, apple and salt in a bowl and stir. The salt will help the cabbage soften and begin to create the brine liquid.
Step 2: Preparing the Kraut for Storage• additional Brine Solution (if needed)
Pack the mixture into a pint container and weight it to submerge the cabbage in the brine liquid. If needed, add a bit more Brine Solution so that the cabbage mixture will be completely submerged.
Step 3: Fermenting the Kraut
Leave the mixture out, at room temperature, for 4 to 7 days, or until it begins to produce tiny carbon dioxide bubbles. This is an indicator that the fermentation process has begun. Taste it. It should be a bit sour or tangy.
If there is any scum or mold (called “bloom”), simply skim it off the top – this is very normal and only indicative of surface mold and not contamination.
At this point, seal the jar, label and date it and refrigerate. Many krauts can keep six months or more if kept well refrigerated.
- by Ken Rubin
- January 4, 2014
Some ferments can take longer to initiate, especially ferments with more volume, higher specific salinity and lower room temperature (e.g. in a 55°F/12°C basement vs. a 70°F/21°C apartment).
The longer the ferment, the tangier and more “bioactive” the mixture will become. Once you refrigerate it, the fermentation process will slow dramatically.