There I found a post about canning Sauerkraut... and I have to tell you - I had never ever thought about how they make Sauerkraut. She didn't go into how she made it - she only showed that she canned the leftovers from her last batch.
My sauerkraut experience has been limited to eating it on hotdogs (think Costco) and on Reuben sandwiches (hold the cheese) - I don't think I've ever bought any to cook at home. But I do like it... so I was intrigued... and did some research.
What I learned was interesting... Sauerkraut is very good for ya and fairly easy to make if you have the right equipment. Homemade is suppose to be far superior in taste than the commercial stuff. All that made me want to try it out... except that I didn't own a crock.
One day in talking with my neighbor Mrs. B I found out that she use to make Sauerkraut each year and had her Mom's mandolin, crock, and stomper - items she said had belonged to her grandmother. She suggested we make some together!
I wish I had a picture of the Crock and stomper she had... I guess I never paid any attention to Crocks - I didn't know they came that BIG! And the stomper was impressive... kinda like a tapered cylinder wooden head on a long heavy pole. She didn't think we should make too much so she only got 9 heads of cabbage... yeah - 9 heads of cabbage is apparently not a lot. LOL Who knew? And these were giant heads - they all had to be at least 12-14 inches diameter.
I was very impressed with the mandolin - here is a picture of a new one. We quartered the cabbage and put a couple quarters in the 'box'. It's amazing how quickly you can shred 9 huge heads of cabbage with that thing. Between the 3 of us cutting cabbage heads up, shredding cabbage, sprinkling salt, and stomping cabbage in the crock we were done in less than an hour. We only filled the crock about 3/4 of the way... so yeah - 9 heads aren't a lot. Then it sits for 6 weeks to ferment...
Last night Mrs. B made pork roast & sauerkraut for us for dinner with homemade applesauce and mashed potatoes. YUM!
I went over this morning with my 10 quart 'Red Pot' to fetch my portion. She filled it up! I had to transfer it to a 12 quart pot so that I could heat it up for canning.
But first I ran to the store for some hot dogs and buns...
Because this looked and smelled too good... I had to have some for lunch.
I didn't even want to wait for the dogs to cook so I split them so they'd cook faster....
Did I say this was Yummy?
And look... I've got 19 pints!
So do you make Sauerkraut?