Sauerkraut or fermented cabbage, is widely popular in Germany. Think bread, sausages, and beer, and you’ll find sauerkraut as the best pairing to go with these German staples. Contrary to popular belief though, sour cabbage is not an original recipe by the Germans. In fact, it was the Chinese who first fermented cabbage in rice wine some 2000 years ago. It wasn’t until the 16th century when Europeans adopted the recipe using water and salt. During winter, people fermented barrels and barrels of unshredded cabbage, then served it as is or as a side dish to meat. From then on, it became a tradition. Continue reading “Basic Sauerkraut Recipe”
Dill pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi—we all love to eat them! But what makes pickled food different from fermented ones? It is quite interesting to learn how both processes are done and what sets them apart. In a nutshell, pickled foods get their sourness from the addition of an acidic liquid. Fermentation, on the other hand, makes food sour through bacterial reaction. Read this simple pickling vs fermenting guide and learn the key characteristics of these two preservation techniques.Continue reading “Pickling vs Fermenting: What’s the Difference?”
After attending an inspiring fermenting workshop by Lisa Thornton of Get Cutlured at Kitchen Warehouse in November, I have gone into somewhat of a fermenting frenzy. The class was super informative and Lisa happily answered questions from our band of fermenting wannabes on why previous home brews didn’t work, what a bad bacteria growing on a good bacteria would look like, and whether you could eat too much sauerkraut. Fortunately, fermenting at home is easy, safe, and rewarding, with all the probiotics and bacteria in these superfoods populating and strengthening our gut. Winning!
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There are plenty of dishes that can go perfectly well with your favourite beer during Oktoberfest, but here’s one that will always remain a crowd-winner. This German Bratwurst with Sauerkraut dish is a traditional Oktoberfest food, but is also considered a great comfort food all year round. Whether grilled or pan fried, the tasty bratwurst sausages always pair greatly with sauerkraut, and of course with a cold bottle of German beer!
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