Sauerkraut Recipe

sauerkraut recipe
Try something different with cabbage and make your own sauerkraut. Complement your bratwurst, Reuben, or hot dog with this homemade sauerkraut recipe.


Total time: 

Servings:  24

Calories:  10


  • 1 head cabbage
  • 1 tbsp. caraway seeds
  • 1 tbsp. coarse kosher or sea salt

Nutritional Information

  • Serving Size: 2 tbsp.
  • Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 247mg
  • Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Protein: 0g


  1. Rinse cabbage and then cut into quarters, removing stem.
  2. Add approximately 2 cups cabbage to WildSide+ jar, and add enough water to cover cabbage. Secure lid and press “Pulse” 8–12 times or until desired texture is reached.
  3. Drain water, and place cabbage in large bowl. Repeat with remaining cabbage.
  4. Add caraway seeds and salt to cabbage, and mix with hands.
  5. Allow cabbage to sit for at least 20 minutes, and then place cabbage in crock or large plastic or glass container.
  6. Cover with plate or plastic wrap, and then top with stone, bag of marbles, or extra dishes to ensure all cabbage is submerged in water mixture.
  7. Place crock or container in dark, cool place, and allow to ferment for at least 6 weeks. Approximately once a week, check cabbage and remove scum off top.
  8. Once desired taste is achieved, place in airtight container in refrigerator, where sauerkraut will keep up to 6 months.


If you're in the mood for a flavor variation, try the following ingredients:

1 head cabbage
2 apples, quartered and chopped
½ tbsp fennel seeds
1 tbsp coarse kosher or sea salt

Add apple quarters to jar, and pulse 6 times. Then, follow instructions above, adding pulsed apples to pulsed cabbage.


  • frieds

    Although sauerkraut can taste good after fermenting for only a few days, if you’re aiming to use it to get a probiotic boost, you need to let it run through all stages of fermentation – at least four weeks, six weeks is better.

  • Earthly Chow

    So far perfect sauerkraut for me every time .. but I use a fermentation air lock. I ferment mine for 3 weeks !…

  • shoreamhappy

    I have wanted to attempt this recipe for years, but have felt intimidated. What have I to lose? These instructions seem so simple that we will go to the produce market today, get some cabbage and run with it. Only one head of cabbage may start a new wonderful tradition at our home. (We allow ourselves hot dogs once a month and always include sauerkraut) Watch out August, that will be the six week mark! Thank you for posting.

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