Making Homemade Sauerkraut

Today I made my third batch of homemade sauerkraut.  My recipe today included: cabbage, onions, jalapeno’s, garlic and stinging nettles (blanched), sea salt.  It is making my mouth water already.  I love the idea of using free to forage, stinging nettles.  I have been doing A LOT of reading up on this wonderful springtime veggie which can be used much like spinach or kale in recipes.  I had about a pound of nettles, using tongs, plunged them into boiling salted water for five minutes.  I put them immediately into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking and retain their green color.  Cooking them had a wonderful earthy aroma.  I squeezed out the excess moisture. Chopped up a bit of it and added it to my mixture of chopped cabbage, onions, jalapeno’s, garlic, and sea salt.  I don’t have exact measurements- I just eyeballed what sounded good to me, tasting as I was mashing.  I added more water to cover the kraut.  It is sitting in my kitchen in a warm spot.  I can’t wait to eat this!  My next adventure in cooking with nettles will be making a cold soup, much like I had a couple years ago at a foodie event in Seattle, made by a local chef.  It truly is a treat and a delight to eat local foods.

About Lisa Wilcox

Mother of three, wife of a farmer, foodie, tendency toward primal diet & lifestyle, soccer mom, Yoga, Swimming, Mac & Apple, living in the northwest, small boutique herd of grass fed and finished Angus Beef.
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One Response to Making Homemade Sauerkraut

  1. G.E. Moon II says:

    In the future would you mind posting a video of how you made your homemade sauerkraut? Also, maybe a video on foraging the stinging nettles would be great…or, even a picture so we don’t forage the wrong item by mistake. :-) Your sauerkraut sounds absolutely delicious. I love that you made it a little bit spicy with the jalepono’s. Will definitely have to give this a try.

    If you have time, in a future post would you write about the health benefits of homemade sauerkraut? Thank you.

    Yours In Health!

    G.E. Moon II