Hello my friends. I hope you are all having a great week. I’ve been working away at my day job and working on my passion project (this blog) when I get home. I love working on this blog. I am so grateful for it and the people who come to my site and learn about fermented foods. It feels good to spread the knowledge about these wonderful foods and share my journey and experiments with you. So thank you for reading.
Many food experiments have been taking place at my house in the last two weeks. I made a holiday fermented relish, sauerkraut with seasonal fruit, I have some green beans fermenting in a jar, onions, carrots, two kinds of kombucha and water kefir. I have so many foods fermenting right now I can hardly keep up with it all. But I love it! So, no matter how crazy it gets I am always having fun.
Eric’s (my husband) parents were here the other weekend and they brought us a giant bag of oranges from their tree. They were AMAZING, super juicy and sweet. I mean, dripping down the side of your mouth juicy. They were so friggin delicious! Naturally I began to dream up all the possible ways I could use them. So I created an Orange Apple Cranberry Sauerkraut, holiday relish and am working on an orange vanilla water kefir. The relish and water kefir recipes are coming soon.
I was a little nervous to use cranberries in the kraut. I have used oranges and apples in my kraut before and those were delicious, but never cranberries. I had no idea what they would taste like, but it turned out great. Besides adding a nice pop of color and holiday charm, they add a little tartness and a touch of complexity to the sauerkraut.
I took my first taste after 6 days and it was bubbly, juicy, sweet, tart and tangy. My husband says it’s my best one yet. I think he says that every time. And we almost finished off one mason jar in a few days. Seriously we have been eating it with everything. Sometimes I eat it with chips. I can’t get enough of this stuff.
The Orange Apple Cranberry Sauerkraut is full of fall flavors and goes well with pulled pork, chicken or as an addition to a salad. With the holidays around the corner this would make a great gift for friends and family. It will also help you beat the holiday bloat due to all the probiotics it contains.
- 1 head of cabbage shredded
- 2 oranges chopped up, peels left on
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 4 apples shredded
- 2 teaspoons ginger grated
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- Pull 3 outer leaves off the head of cabbage and set aside. Shred the remaining cabbage in a food processor, mandolin or chop with a knife. Add the remaining cabbage, shredded apples, ginger and sea salt to a big bowl.
- Massage the cabbage mixture with your hands until it breaks down and becomes soft (about 10 min).
- Place the cranberries and chopped up orange into a food processor and pulse into small chunks. Add this to the bowl with the cabbage and mix and squeeze the mixture together. The cabbage and fruit will have released all its juices at this point and become very wet.
- Pack the cabbage in the mason jar tightly, pushing it all the way down until it submerges in its own juices (this is the brine). Leave about 1½ inches of space from the top of the jar. If there is not enough brine to cover the cabbage, add more brine by combining a teaspoon of sea salt with 1 cup of water.
- Roll up the leaves and place them in the jar to push the cabbage under the brine. Screw on the jar loosely so gas can escape as fermentation takes place. Set on the counter for 7 days in a cool, shaded place. During fermentation the sauerkraut will bubble a little and become cloudy. If scum appears, remove it with a spoon.
- Remove the rolled up cabbage leaves and toss in the garbage before eating.
Basic Sauerkraut Method for Newbies