Wow do I have a treat for you!
Over the weekend I had a Kraut Party. A few of my friends came over and I showed them how to make their own sauerkraut. I’ve been persuading my friends to try making it themselves, so in order to give them confidence, I showed them how to do it. At the end of the day, they said it was so much easier to make than they thought and they drank all the gut shots. Mission accomplished!
For the Kraut Party, I made a variety of fermented foods for them to try. I wanted to prove how delicious fermented foods were and to get some honest feedback on my recipes. I had my Hot & Spicy Fermented Salsa served with chips, Water Kefir flavored with strawberry puree and I made a salad using my Raw Pickled Ginger Carrots. I also served pickles and my newest recipe Vanilla Bean And Honey Kefir Panna Cotta. They loved it all!
And of course, I had them try my latest recipe, this Pineapple Turmeric Sauerkraut And Gut Shots. They were a big hit. My favorite sound in the world, is people saying “yumm” and “this is delicious” and “can I have some more?” Those are the sweet sounds of success. In addition to the kraut I served up some gut shots by pouring the extra brine into shot glasses. Cheers!
Just a few years ago, a weekend party would have consisted of tequila shots, but now it’s gut shots! I guess that’s what happens when you get older? I don’t know.. haha
My friend Joanne, kept pouring herself more gut shots and we even mixed it with champagne to make a healthier alcoholic beverage. It tasted great with champagne! Who would have thought? By the time my friends went home the gut shots were finished. I can safely say this Pineapple Turmeric Sauerkraut And Gut Shots are a crowd pleaser!
This sauerkraut exceeded my expectations. The flavor of the pineapple remained strong through the fermentation process. It’s tangy, sweet and refreshing. This is my favorite kraut by far. The gut shots are an added bonus.
This sauerkraut is full of health benefits. The turmeric and ginger make it a powerful anti-inflammatory. Other benefits include…
- Probiotic – fermented foods like this sauerkraut contain more probiotics than a probiotic pill and research has shown that the good bacteria are more likely to survive the digestive system then ones from a pill.
- Enzymes- the enzymes in fermented foods help assist in breaking down food, making meals easier for your body to digest.
- Fiber – sauerkraut is rich in fiber and feeds the friendly bacteria in your gut, moves food though your digestive tract and makes you regular (poo).
- Relieves diarrhea and constipation – the friendly bacteria in fermented foods balance the inner ecosystem in the digestive track.
- It also relieves gas, heartburn and improves mood and mental health.
The brine from the sauerkraut is packed with beneficial bacteria and enzymes. If you have an upset stomach or nausea, try a shot and it will calm your stomach. It will also give your immune system a boost. The gut shots are a quick way to get the benefits of fermented foods and they taste great too. Try mixing it with soda water for a bubbly spritzer or really let loose and mix it with champagne like my friends and I did over the weekend. Cheers!
I am really proud of this recipe. It tastes great and packs a super punch of health benefits. You have to try this kraut. I think it could turn people who don’t normally eat fermented foods into a fermented food lover. Make it this weekend and if you have any questions, leave a comment below.
- Shred the cabbage in a food processor, mandolin or chop with a knife. Add it to a big bowl.
- Chop the pineapple into small chunks and add it to the bowl with the cabbage.
- Add in the grated ginger and sea salt to the bowl.
- Massage the cabbage mixture with your hands for 5 minutes or until it starts to break down and become soft.
- Let it sit for 15 minutes in the bowl.
- After the 15 minutes, the cabbage will become very soft and wet. If you squeeze it now, juice will come out.
- Add the turmeric to the cabbage. You can either mix it with your hands or a spoon. The turmeric could stain your hands and fingernails orange so you may want to use a spoon.
- Pack the cabbage halfway into the mason jars if you are using two or halfway into the large mason jar if you are using one.
- Now we are going to make the brine and add it to the jars for the gut shots.
- Make the brine by combining 1 cup of hot water with the sea salt. Once the sea salt dissolves add the remaining water and the apple cider vinegar.
- Pour the brine into the mason jars, leaving about an inch from the top.
- Stir the brine and cabbage together in the jar so it's all combined.
- Place a lid on the jar loosely so gas can escape as fermentation takes place.
- Set on the counter for 4-7 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.
- Every day or two, shake the mason jar up so the cabbage submerges under the brine and doesn't develop mold.
- Place in the fridge and serve cold.
- Gut Shots: The extra brine from the sauerkraut is the gut shots. Pour the extra brine into shot glasses and don't forget to share with friends and drink to your health. Cheers!
Turmeric on WebMD.com
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