I still remember the first day I know about ‘sauerkraut’ is four years ago. That day I received two jars of homemade sauerkraut from my aunt in Paris for me to eat during the winter when it is cold for going out. I had no idea what sauerkraut was, I just saw chopped cabbage was stored in the jar.
I tasted and ‘aw, it’s sour like pickle’. However, it is really a good side dish with rice for cold days when we are lazy to get out of the blanket. I certainly could not finish all at once, so I did research on how to make and store sauerkraut for later use because I really love it. Today I would like to share my knowledge of what sauerkraut made of as well as how to preserve it.
Firstly, if you are holding a jar of sauerkraut in your hand and looking for some tips on how to store it, you might read the following part carefully.
Steps to follow if you want to store sauerkraut
Many people wonder if sauerkraut can be frozen by putting in the freezer and thaw it whenever you want to eat. Then, don’t worry because sauerkraut can be frozen. Here are steps to help you freeze sauerkraut without ruining it.
1. Divide the sauerkraut from the jar/plastic bag into smaller containers for freezing. Perhaps just assume the amount that you eat per one meal and put them in suitable freezer bag with ziplock to make sure you won’t have to refreeze the sauerkraut which already thawed. Otherwise, it will reduce the original taste of the sauerkraut. Also, remember to leave some free space on the top of the bag, approximately 1-2 inches because the fermented cabbage will absorb more space when freezing.
2. Remove air from the bag before sealing it. If you are more careful, check the bag to see if there is any leak or hole which can allow air to come in. This can create ice during freezing time.
3. Put your sauerkraut bags in the freezer. For best quality, you should finish them within two months.
4. Before eating, you should thaw by defrosting sauerkraut in the fridge for 10 hours or up to one day. By doing so, you avoid the growth of bacteria. Many people just simply thaw sauerkraut by placing it in water, but they do not know that it is a good condition for bacteria to grow. Sauerkraut remains fresh and tasty as it was, so enjoy the second round of the sauerkraut.
What is sauerkraut?
Many people think that sauerkraut is made of sliced cabbage with vinegar and sugar, but it is not. It is made by adding salt in the cabbage and wait for it to naturally ferment. It takes about one month for sauerkraut to be fully fermented. It is a very simple and easy dish which I think you can make one for your family to eat during the year.
What to eat with sauerkraut?
I know sauerkraut is a healthy food for our digestive system, but I did not want just to simply eat sauerkraut with rice every time. Therefore, I looked for some ways to eat sauerkraut. However, remember to not cook/heat sauerkraut because it will kill the live bacteria which is good for your health. Even though some people used to cook sauerkraut, I encourage not to do so. Following are my suggestions, hope you can enjoy your sauerkraut with these combinations in order to create different dishes.
- Add sauerkraut to any green salad
- Add sauerkraut on the top of veggie hot dog or sausage, hamburgers
- Add sauerkraut on the top of pizza
- Add sauerkraut to a dish of mango and avocado salad and some lemon juice.
- Eat sauerkraut with sandwich or add in eggs and top with sour cream for breakfasts
- Add sauerkraut in bread/cracker with some cream cheese.
- Stir sauerkraut into different kinds of pasta
- Top a bowl of soup or stew with sauerkraut
- Use sauerkraut to make a kiwi-sauerkraut smoothie
- Coleslaw salad
See more: Can You Freeze Chili At Home?
Sauerkraut is a good food to serve your family during the winter or busy time, just prepare some extra sauerkraut and freeze it for later use. It will increase the taste of sauerkraut if you combine well with other ingredients/dishes. My review covers the tips on freezing sauerkraut and some popular ways to eat sauerkraut with. Hope you find it helpful and enjoy your sauerkraut with your own creation.