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How To Make Kimberly Snyder’s Probiotic & Enzyme Salad (aka Raw Sauerkraut)

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HOW TO MAKE PROBIOTIC & ENZYME SALAD – aka RAW SAUERKRAUT
If the thought of sauerkraut only brings to mind the thought of canned condiments on hot dogs, it is high time you tried making your own! Sauerkraut is not only a delicious way to use your cabbage, the laundry list of heath benefits leave no wonder why fermented foods have been a staple of the human diet for thousands of years. I first learned about the health benefits of raw sauerkraut after reading Kimberly Snyder’s Beauty Detox Solution and trying her recommended everyday staple – probiotic and enzyme salad (aka raw sauerkraut). My first couple of attempts produced a soggy mess – however the relief I felt after eating it when I felt an IBS attack coming on – made me realize this was a MUST HAVE for my lifestyle. Previous IBS issues would knock me out of commission for days at a time and in very serious pain. Since incorporating probiotic and enzyme salad/sauerkraut into my diet – I haven’t had an IBS attack in over one year! Not that you need to have digestive problems (see health benefits below) to benefit – eating raw sauerkraut will provide much needed probiotics for your gut as well as help PREVENT digestive issues.

Since the only place I could find it was Whole Foods – for a whopping $10-$20 per jar – I knew it was something I needed to get better at making! Obviously, making your own fermented foods is much cheaper than store bought brands, and best of all, it’s kind of fun! I’ve worked out the kinks and I’m sure you can too. You can buy cabbage fresh and chop it yourself, however I prefer to buy pre shredded cabbage if possible to save time, since I am eating it for the fermented benefits, not the nutritional value of the cabbage. Also, you will need a few outer leaves of a cabbage, so make sure to still have a fresh one on hand (which most of you already do for smoothie recipes, right?!!)

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

♦ Large bowls (stainless steel ideal)
♦ Wooden spoon or tool that will fit through head of mason jar – TO MASH IT DOWN!
♦ Glass Jars (such as mason/bell jars) that have a lid
♦ Sea Salt – REAL sea salt such as celtic salt – not the processed stuff!

First Things First!

You MUST sanitize your glass jars! I boil water in a huge pot and add my mason jars and lids 3 at a time or so – and boil them for 10 minutes. I did find an inexpensive canning kit that I use to fish the mason jars/lids out of the pot. If there’s rust on your lids you will want to get new ones/inserts. Lay them out to dry on some towels or paper towels and then get ready to stuff them (and I mean MASH DOWN!) with your cabbage mixture!

This is a recipe for basic raw sauerkraut, just cabbage and salt, but once you have got this down, get creative!

How Much Salt?

A good rule of thumb is 1/2 Tablespoon of salt per head of cabbage (or 1 pound/16oz of pre-shredded). The salt will pull the water out of the cabbage (through osmosis), and this creates the brine in which the cabbage can ferment and sour without rotting. The salt will also help keep the cabbage crunchy, by inhibiting organisms and enzymes that soften it. NOTE: Many people learning to ferment add too much salt and inhibit or prevent fermentation since TOO MUCH will stop fermentation – however, too little will not cause harm. 🙂

Flavor Combinations

I have tried carrot & dill, apple & ginger, used layered green and purple cabbage. You can also try adding garlic, carrots, brussel sprouts, spices, caraway or fennel seeds, even seaweed. Many variations have all been tried with great success! Let us know which kind you like best in the comments!

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How To Make Raw Sauerkraut

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5 from 1 vote
Course Condiment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 to 2 heads cabbage or pre-shredded cabbage
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons pure sea salt no additives
  • 4 to 6 Mason jars or other 16 ounce glass jar with tight lid
  • 1 very large mixing bowl

Instructions
 

  • IMPORTANT: Sanitize Your Glass Jars. (I start them boiling while I prepare the cabbage.)
  • Remove several outer layers of cabbage - at least 2 half leaf pieces for each mason jar.
  • Core then finely slice/shred your cabbage (or use pre-shredded to save time) and put into a very large bowl, 1/3 at a time, sprinkle salt onto the cabbage as you go.
  • With clean hands MASSAGE the salt into the cabbage to relese the natural moisture and aid in the brine process.
  • Place a small amount of cabbage into your jar and use a wooden spoon or other kitchen tool to SMASH/PRESS DOWN (HARD) to press ALL OF THE AIR OUT - and release more "brine".
  • Continue this process a little at a time (add a bit, press down, add a bit, press down...) until your jar is almost full, with about 1 inch left at the top.
  • Fold/roll up your full cabbage leaves and press them into the 1 inch space at the top. Remember you want AS LITTLE AIR as possible to allow for the fermentation process.
  • Add your mason jar lid OR a paper towel over the top tied with a rubber band.
  • Place your jar in a relatively cool corner of your kitchen where you will not forget about it.
  • Once a day, "burp" your jar by opening the lid to release pressure, then recap.
  • At about 5-7 days, take a taste! Raw sauerkraut is crunchy and salty, with a bit of a "sour" taste.
  • When your kraut is ready, place in the fridge to decrease the fermentation process.
  • When ready to eat a new mason jar full, remove the full cabbage leaves and enjoy!
  • All done! Enjoy!! Now take a photo, rate it, and share your accomplishments! 🙂 Tag @BlenderBabes & #BlenderBabes
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LACTO-FERMENTATION HEALTH BENEFITS
Sauerkraut is full of your intestinal friend, lactobacillus acidophilus. Lacto bacteria like these are key players in a healthy gut. Lining your intestinal walls with friendly bacteria increases protective mucous production and decreases the chance for harmful bacteria to populate. L. acidophilus actually increases the amount of nutrients you can uptake from your food. Lactobacillus acidophilus is also a great benefit to your immune system, having shown benefits to patients with IBS, Chrons Disease, high cholesterol, lactose intolerance, Lyme disease, hives, and more! Be sure to join our community for more healthy living recipes!

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30 thoughts on “How To Make Kimberly Snyder’s Probiotic & Enzyme Salad (aka Raw Sauerkraut)”

  1. Question Can the jars be sealed for longer shelf life. I don’t know if I would eat it fast enough to keep in fridge. Thank you !!

    1. Blender Babes

      That’s a good question Teresa! I’ve heard that raw sauerkraut can last almost indefinitely in the fridge if sealed… It will definitely last for months in the fridge, so feel free to make a BIG batch! 🙂

  2. Debbie Dorombozi

    Just wondering how much of this wonderful raw sauerkraut you would recommend for a person to consume in a day . I am new to this type of food so just want to easy my way into eating this sauerkraut.

    Thank you

    1. Great question Debbie! Generally you want to start with 1/4 cup and work your way up. Kimberly Snyder recommends eating up to 1/2 cup prior to meals to help with digestion. Typically if you are going to eat a heavy meal (meat, cheese, etc.) you will want to eat some raw sauerkraut before eating the heavy meal. Hope that helps! 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    I thought that you are supposed to make the brine apart and then add it to the salad. Won’t it be too dry if you use only the brine the the cabbage produces?

    1. Hey Kim, we’ve made this many times as the direction state with good results. Crunchy raw sauerkraut vs soggy. Let us know how it works out for you though, there’s more than one way to make kraut! 🙂

  4. Hi
    I’m just trying this recipe for the first time ever. I think I overfilled my jars as when I went to go peak on them two days in I found they leaked through the very tight seal of the mason jar leaving me with purple liquid everywhere ( i used a mix of purple and white cabbage). So I quickly took some of the cabbage out from each jar being careful to just skim off the top and not disturb what was in the rest of the jars. I resealed and put them back to ferment but I don’t know if it’s too late, if fully opening them messes with the fermentation process and spoils the whole jar? And if it’s supposed to taste sour how will I know if it’s gone bad? Cabbage already smells bad to me when it’s good! Additionally the weather has gotten quite hot and humid where I am and I fear it’s gotten too warm for the fermentation to take place. It’s supposed to get cooler tomorrow and I am currently on day 4, has the heat spoiled them or will it just stop the fermentation temporarily until the temperature drops and can continue again? Currently my thermometer reads at 77 which is over the recommended temp (Kim suggests between 65-70). Do I store them in the fridge for a break? Or is it too late? Sorry, I don’t know how all this works and with such temperamental weather and other variables it’s difficult to know what went wrong when dealing with such a finicky thing as fermentation.

    1. Blender Babes

      Hi Peggy! Thanks for reaching out to Blender Babes! Fermentation is a testing process and you WILL find your groove, however we are not experts in this! Yes it sounds like you filled them too full. When you removed some of it, did you replace the full cabbage leafs at the top to make sure the rest is still submerged under water? In terms of the heat, I think you’ll be ok – it gets that hot over here in California and I haven’t lost a batch due to it. Keep it in a dark place and in another day it should be ready. Once they have fermented you can store them in the fridge. You should be able to tell if it’s bad, it will smell (and taste!) much worse than “normal”! :p And we know what you mean, it has been an acquired taste but play with the extra ingredients (caraway seeds, dill, fennel, etc.) and find something you enjoy! 🙂

  5. I have 5 pint mason jars going right now. My first ever….i kinda took different recipes and meshed them together. I shredded cabbage, massaged in salt(pink himilayan) and tamped it down into the jar, I poured filtered water to just the top of the shredded cabbage then placed the rolled cabbages on top, then if the water was pushed up i poured a little out just so the shredded cabbage was covered. when i burp i don’t completely open the jar i just unscrew the lid a little and i feel like a decent amount of liquid spews out….is this normal????????????????? after re-tightening it looks like the shredded cabbage is still completely submerged in brine. Am i doing this right????

    1. That sounds totally normal. The fermentation process means you are literally growing good bacteria. This means the cabbage mixture is expanding. It is totally normal to have over flow when you are burping. Let us know how it turns out!!

  6. Hi! Can't wait to try this. Do you wash the cabbage with tap water first? Do you sanitize the "mashing tool"? Should I sanitize my food processor (if that's what I use to chop the cabbage? Or is it better for me to slice it manually? Thanks 🙂

    1. Hey Julia, so sorry for the delay! We sanitize our mason jars, lids, etc. so I would probably do the same with your food processor. You can also slice it manually, whatever is easiest for you. We don’t usually wash the cabbage first. We buy organic if we can and peel off the first couple of layers and discard. 🙂 Hope that helps! Let us know how it goes!

  7. Thank you for this easy, non intimidating approach to fermentation! First timer here and now I’m not so intimidated. Huge help!

  8. Hello Nolwenn! I usually buy 3 to 6 – 16oz pre-shredded packs from Trader Joes. 🙂 Yes I add the carrots and dill or what have you to the bowl with cabbage + salt and massage.

  9. About how much pre-cut cabbage would it be instead of the cabbage heads ? thanks.
    Oh and I was wondering: you do the same process with the other veggies you want to add in (massage with some salt, I mean) ?

  10. Made it, love it, will make it again. Its so easy, and satisfies my cravings for salt and vinegar chips

  11. Wendy Foy-Weckerly

    How much do you eat per day, and any specific time of day? Like as a side with a smoothie (haha).

  12. Wendy Foy-Weckerly

    I have to try it this way, this weekend. My kraut was also soggy making it Kim's way. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Hi there! I've made it Kim's way using a water as weight, however it made my sauerkraut too soggy for my taste. I now make it the way subscribed and it's nice and crunchy! 🙂 There's def more than one way to make raw sauerkraut!

  14. So glad I found this recipe ! I just got a vitamix after many years of dreaming about one . Also, I attended the recent Longevity Now conference in which I attended a lecture by Dr. Joseph Mercola. He gave almost the same recipe , except instead of water and salt he recommended using celery juice (since celery has salt naturally in it). Have you tried this version ? I plan on making my first batch in the next week or so .

  15. 5 stars
    A few weeks ago I tried to make sauerkraut and fell prey to the beginner’s mistake you mentioned: too much salt!! It’s interesting to find out that the excess salt is what made it take sooo long before it even started fermenting. Thanks for the blog post, that makes things a lot clearer in my head and I’m more confident to try it a second time! Will try your recipe this time and let you know how it goes! 🙂
    Take care.

    1. It’s always trial and error isn’t it? 🙂 My first two times were SOGGY and didn’t taste as good but I still ate it, lol. Now I’m having fun experimenting with different flavors. Keep us posted! xo ~Blender Babe Tarashaun

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