When publications like the Baltimore Sun run headlines like 'Seafood, tea, sauerkraut in food spotlight,' you know that sauerkraut has arrived in the national consciousness and has spiked in popularity. We've seen our sales climb pretty rapidly in the fourth quarter of 2005 as people have learned about the health benefits of sauerkraut and continued eating it because of its versatility and flavor. ~Chris Smith
Yes, we do make our own sauerkraut, about once every couple of years. We make a big batch and then when it's ready, we freeze it and it lasts a long time. No joke! Great for the crock-pot with kielbasa and hot dogs! Anytime of the year.
It's funny as we were getting things prepped and ready on Sunday for the deed, Kyle was super stoked! He was so excited to participate with the family, on such a tradition. I even said, to him "Kyle you've only done this once before." He corrected me and informed me he's participated a few times with making sauerkraut. My bad! I didn't realize this meant so much to him, and it really did!
Actually, I'm really happy about that, learning to make anything is a good lesson, not to mention keeping up family traditions is the best. My sister didn't join us this time, but maybe next.
So why would one make sauerkraut? It tastes so much better than store bought, out of a can! Way better! Tell me if this makes sense, but growing up with a half polish mom, you'd think I would have a taste for the aged cabbage sustenance, but alas I never really cared for it. In fact, when mom would cook sauerkraut, I would gag at the smell. Literally dry heave. Luckily, over the years I've grown accustomed to the potency and developed a mild craving for sauerkraut. Only mom's. I still don't care for the canned or store bought. Probably because mom and dad's sauerkraut only has cabbage, salt and water. Whereas, if you read the ingredients on the packages, it contains a lot more than that, which I feel taints the taste. Yep homemade or nothing.
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