Apple Ginger Sauerkraut with Oranges
Recipe type: Sauerkraut
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  • 1 head of purple cabbage shredded
  • 2 green apples chopped into thin slices
  • 1 orange sliced into rounds
  • 2 inches of ginger grated or ¼ cup of ginger juice.
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • pure water
  1. Peel off two outside leaves of the cabbage and set aside. Add the remaining cabbage, apples, ginger and sea salt into a big bowl. I used a big stock pot, because that was the biggest bowl I had.
  2. Use your hands to mix and massage the cabbage mixture for about 5 min. The cabbage will start to breakdown and become wet. This is the brine. Pack the cabbage mixture into a large glass container or mason jar and place the orange slices around the sides of the jar for a decorative look (optional).
  3. Continue to add the cabbage mixture and oranges until there is about 2-3 inches of space from the top and then fill the jar with purified water until it just covers the cabbage.
  4. Roll the cabbage leaves up and place them on top of the mixture. These are used to hold the sauerkraut below the water line. Close the lid and set in a cool, dry place for 5-7 days.
  5. Open the lid every 1-2 days to let out the gas caused by the fermentation.
  6. Put in the fridge after 5-7 days and eat as a side with your meals.
You can chop or shred the cabbage in any size you want. It's all personal preference. I find that a food processor is the easiest to use for this. This batch turned out sour and tangy and is great to top on salads.
Recipe by Fermented Food Lab at