Crock Free Counters ~ Kraut in Jars
Our counters are crock free for the first time since August. And, although we could have left this last batch to ferment and do its’ thing for a few more weeks we decided it was time to switch gears and start getting things sorted for our departure. In two weeks, we will be heading south to the sunny state of Florida where we will visit my mom and continue the canning craze with all of that citrus.
The savory seed sauerkraut was the last crock standing and it now resides happily in 6 ~ 1 litre jars. At first, I wasn’t completely crazy about this kraut. It isn’t as crunchy as the traditional plain salted cabbage/sauerkraut that we normally have brewing and it took a lot longer for it to start doing its thing. The bubbling and bloom that developes indicates that it is fermenting and turning into a tasty, tangy concoction. But, this batch sat covered in bloomless brine for about 3 1/2 weeks. Then, the bloom began and the tangy taste started to develop and convert this green and purple cabbage into a piquant coloured kraut.
As the tanginess developed the taste grew on me. The combination of dill, caraway, and celery seeds gave this kraut additional flavours that are really nice for a change and the added purple cabbage gives it a rich colour that somehow adds to the flavour. You know what they say, “you eat with your eyes first!”
In a way it’s sad to see the counters crock free but I guarantee when we return from the south, the process of fermentation ~ experimentation will start right back up again! I’m anxious to try fermenting rutabaga and make a lighter purple ~ more pink sauerkraut with just caraway seeds.
Put up Total:
6 x 1L wide mouth mason jars
1 x 1L regular mouth mason jar (2/3 full and unprocessed)