Basic Sauerkraut is so delicious (see my how to here). I have it with eggs, add it so my coleslaw (kraut slaw here) and try to have it with any meat dish as a side. The sour flavour works well to stimulate gastric acids too so it a great primer for any fat, protein rich foods.
Since cabbage has so many health giving properties (read here), combining it with beetroot and ginger makes so much sense. The rich, sweetness and earthiness of the beetroot goes so well with the heat of the ginger and the sourness of the kraut. It hits all of the senses on the palate and really satisfy the taste buds.
Of course the rich myriad of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and blood boosting qualities of the beetroot with the anti-inflammatory, warming and nourishing properties of ginger are made even more available to the body with the fermentation process. The presence of a well balanced symbiosis of bacteria allows the body access to these nutrients, to absorb and use them to help promote wellbeing and healing.
Start in the same way as you would with the basic sauerkraut. When the cabbage and salt have been massaged together, combine the beetroot and ginger (I have used raw and powdered ginger and both work well) before packing it all into your jar.
- 1 whole green cabbage thinly sliced
- 1 whole red cabbage thinly sliced
- 1.5% Salt
- 1 raw beetroot grated
- 1 inch of fresh ginger grated or 1tbsp of dried ginger
- Retain 1/2 of the outside cabbage leaves for later.
- Make sauerkraut by mixing the cabbage with the salt. Massage the cabbage until it starts to wilt and release water.
- Add and combine the grated beetroot and ginger.
- Press the mixture into a fido (airtight sealable jar) jar and keep pressing down to release liquid.
- When the mixture is all in the jar and there is liquid covering the top, press down the outside cabbage leaves to keep any stray bits of cabbage from floating to the surface of the liquid.
- Seal and leave to ferment on the counter for a week-28 days. Keep tasting the kraut every few days.
- Put in the fridge for an additional week.
- You can flavour your kraut in this way with anything you choose! be creative!