Easy Sauerkraut Recipes (that save you money!)

Welcome to Real Food RN! A blog with the mission to empower you to live your healthiest life possible, starting today.

Join My Newsletter

Easy Sauerkraut Recipe | Real Food RN

One of my first baby foods was homemade sauerkraut. I ate it while sitting on my Grandpa's knee. Great memories of eating it with him always draws me to eat more. Plus, this stuff is really good for you! Packed full of healthy probiotics and fiber. It's also very inexpensive and easy to make. A staple food that we always have in our kitchen. I have made so many variations that I just had to share, but I will start with my basic easy sauerkraut recipe first…

Five Easy Sauerkraut Recipes

Basic Sauerkraut Recipe: 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 large head of cabbage (or about 4 cups shredded cabbage)
  • 1 tbsp sea salt — we use this kind

Directions: 

  • Cut cabbage into shreds and place into a large bowl
  • Add sea salt
  • Massage together with your hands until the cabbage starts to weep (it becomes wet)

Easy Sauerkraut Recipe | Real Food RN

  • Add to your fermenting vessel (I use these) and push it down with your fist

Easy Sauerkraut Recipe | Real Food RN

  • Place a plate on top of the cabbage, and a weight of some sort if you are making it in a bowl or a larger fermenting vessel
  • I use a plastic (food grade) bag filled with water as a weight on the cabbage, because a plate won't fit into my jar

Easy Sauerkraut Recipe | Real Food RN

  • Liquid should come off the cabbage and completely submerge the cabbage (this is important as exposed cabbage will mold)
  • But make sure the cabbage is completely under the liquid

Easy Sauerkraut Recipe | Real Food RN

  • Alternately, you can use this slick little device
  • Let sit on your counter, covered with a towel for as long as you desire.
  • After a week if it tastes sour and you want to eat it, then eat it! It's ready
  • I've let batches go for 6 months…..yep, 6 months. It was delicious! Someone once told me that in Germany if the kraut is less than 2 years old, they call it coleslaw. It gets better with age, like wine and cheese!

(pictured below is my dill pickle sauerkraut)

Easy Sauerkraut Recipe | Real Food RN

I was invited onto our local news show to demo my sauerkraut making skillz. You can tune in to the replay below

Some more recipe variations:

Liver Detox Sauerkraut Recipe:

Ingredients: 

  • 1 head cabbage
  • 2 beets — beets help the liver detox
  • 1 apple
  • 2 Tbsp sea salt

Directions:

  • Shred cabbage, put into large bowl
  • Shred beet and apple in a food processor until its shredded
  • Add to cabbage
  • Add salt
  • Massage until weeping
  • Put into fermentation vessel and ferment the same way as in the Basic Kraut recipe above

Spicy Sauerkraut Recipe: 

Ingredients:

  • 4 jalapeños, thinly sliced
  • 1 head cabbage
  • 1 tbsp sea salt

Directions: 

  • Follow same directions as above, although you might want to wear gloves when massaging it. Or, just avoid touching your eyes for about 24 hours….ouch!

Heavy Metal Detox Sauerkraut Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cabbage
  • 1 bunch cilantro finely chopped — cilantro binds to heavy metals
  • 2 tbsp Hawaiian sea salt (with the charcoal in it) — charcoal binds to toxins and pulls them out of your body — where to find this

Directions: 

  • Follow same directions as above

Dill Pickle Sauerkraut Recipe:

Ingredients: 

  • 1 head cabbage
  • 1 Tbsp dried (or fresh) dill

Directions: 

  • Follow the same directions as above

Watch my video below, where I show exactly how I make my sauerkraut in my kitchen

Watch the video below for more info
 

What is your favorite variation of homemade sauerkraut? Do you do it differently than I do? I would love to hear about it in the comments below!

CLICK HERE to Pin this recipeHomemade Sauerkraut | Real Food RN

Learn More About Kate, Founder of Real Food RN

Hi! I'm Kate.

Registered Nurse. Mom. Real Foodie.

Welcome to Real Food RN! A blog with the mission to empower you to live your healthiest life possible, starting today.

 

LEARN MY STORY

Where I Went to School

Let's stay connected

Sign up now for everything you need to know, from delicious & healthy recipes to how to sleep better and more! Brighten your day with some REAL love to your inbox.

Recipes

Podcast Episodes

Motherhood

Take the first step to

Detox Your Life

In this step-by-step guide you'll learn exactly what common household products contain harmful toxins and how you can replace them with effective, safer, and chemical-free alternatives!

Includes Effective & Toxin-Free DIY Recipes for:

Baby and Kid Products

Dish Soaps

Laundry Detergents

Shampoos & Conditioners

Skin Care and Makeup

Multi-Purpose Cleaners

I am an RN, not an MD. The information on this blog is not intended to be taken as medical advice. The statements made here have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease. This notice is required by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. You can find out more in my Terms of Use & Disclosure.