Sauerkraut party
Friday, November 6, 2015 at 9:15AM
Kate in Community Building, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), Fall, Family, Fermentation, Food Preservation, Healthy Living, Inspiration, Kitchen, Kitchen Tools & Equipment, Parties, Pickling

I’m really enjoying the annual tradition of sauerkraut making in our home…two years in a row counts as annual, right?

My great grandma Rose would make her kraut for the year every fall and keep it throughout the winter and spring in her Minneapolis cellar. Unfortunately, I never learned directly from her as I was 6 when she passed away. No matter where you learn the art of an annual preserving project, you are keeping the memories and long lines of food history running in your family by rekindling those projects and teaching others.

Since I’ve done this cabbage breakdown for a couple years running, I’d like to share some tips to make your first kraut session a success.

1. Use a tablecloth

All the shredded wonders of the world are going to live on your table or counter top indefinitely if you aren’t able to physically pick up the floor beneath them and shake it out outside. I started using a tablecloth since shredded cabbage from my kraut slicer was too voluminous to be contained on a cutting board. The ability to pick up and move the shredded cabbage in the event of, say, lunch or dinner, is also an added bonus.

2. Make it a party

While you can certainly put up 25lbs of cabbage in your 10 liter crock on your own like I have, you absolutely don’t have to have that equipment, stamina and volume to do this type of project. I suggest gathering 4-6 friends and asking them each to bring a half gallon or gallon jar (or even a few quart jars if that’s all they have). Here are the supplies/volume breakdown per person with a 64 oz (half gallon) jar:

3. Set-up for success

In order to maximize your tabletop real estate, I suggest setting up a few stations:

4. Run of show

Here’s how this thing will go down:

5. Give yourselves time!

Don’t rush a good thing. Be sure to allow at least 4 hours for your first time hosting this gathering. You may get it pared down as your kraut machine rolls on in future years. Share this tip sheet with your attendees so they know how to maintain their jar and finish the kraut ferment successfully (we created it for our Austin Fermentation Festival’s Kraut Mob a couple weeks back)!

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