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.
Course: Side Dish, Snacks
Servings: 1 Gallon


  • 1/4 teaspoon Cutting Edge Culturesor you can use 1/2 cup kefir whey
  • 1 cup water, spring or filtered with mineralsto mix the starter culture
  • 1/2 small cabbagefinely shredded or chopped into fine pieces
  • 1 medium apple shredded or finely chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon Celtic Sea Salt
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 medium orangejuiced, you can include some pulp
  • water, spring or filtered with mineralsto cover veggies

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  • 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.
  • Shred the cabbage and apple. Assemble into a large bowl.
  • Mix the cranberries and salt with cabbage and apples.
  • Add the orange juice, Cutting Edge Cultures or kefir whey, and cover with water, leaving an inch or two at the top.
  • 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.
  • 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 an airtight covered jar in the refrigerator for up to nine months.