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Christmas Kraut


Christmas Kraut
Unbelievably good kraut that tastes like Christmas!! Feel free to experiment and add different seasonings, like a pinch of cinnamon or cloves. It's a holiday kraut you'll want to enjoy every year as a family tradition.~Donna
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  • 1/4tsp Cutting Edge Culturesor you can use 1/2 cup kefir whey
  • 1cup Waterto mix the starter culture
  • 1/2small cabbagefinely shredded or chopped into fine pieces
  • 1medium apples shredded or finely chopped
  • 1/2tbsp Celtic Sea Salt
  • 1/4cup dried cranberries
  • 1medium orangesjuiced, you can include some pulp
  • Waterto cover veggies
Servings: Gallon
  1. If using the starter culture, stir together the culture and water. Let the mixture sit while you prepare the ingredients—around 10 minutes. If using kefir whey, add it when the recipe calls for culture.
  2. Shred the cabbage and apple. Assemble into a large bowl.
  3. Mix the cranberries and salt with cabbage and apples.
  4. Add the juice, Cutting Edge Culture or kefir whey, and cover with water, leaving an inch or two at the top.
  5. Seal the container and let it sit on your kitchen counter, out of direct sunlight, for 6 days. After 6 days, place the kraut in the refrigerator.
  6. While on the counter, check the vegetables every day to make sure they are fully submerged in the water. If they have risen above the water, simply push them down so they are fully covered by the water. If any white spots formed because the veggies rose above the water, do not worry. Remember, this isn’t harmful. Just scoop out the vegetables that have the white spots on them and push the rest back under the water.Storage note: This kraut can be kept in a covered airtight jar in the refrigerator for up to nine months.
Recipe Notes

Storage note: This kraut can be kept in an airtight covered jar in the refrigerator for up to nine months.

10 Responses to "Christmas Kraut"
  1. Hi Donna- We love this recipe ! Just a quick question: your recipe calls for an entire packet of starter culture for 1 quart of veggies. Do I need the WHOLE bag ? Thanks so much for your time.

  2. Hi Donna,
    Wish I would have seen this recipe earlier!! Looks yummy! My question is the packet of cultures says is good for about 4 lbs of veggies. Can you use a partial package or once its opened do you have to use it right away??? Thank you!!
    Happy Holiday!!

  3. Hello, Donna,

    Thank you for sharing so much on your site!
    I added kale to the Christmas Kraut and am wondering if it should still be 6 days on the countertop. It looks beautiful and we are looking forward to tasting the finished product.
    Whisking you a peaceful Thanksgiving!

  4. Hello, Donna,
    Thank you for all you do and your generosity!
    I just made a batch of Christmas Kraut but added chopped kale. Is 6 days still the amount of time I should keep it on the countertop?
    It looks lovely and I am looking forward to trying it!
    Have a peaceful Thanksgiving!

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