Sassy Sauerkraut is a wonderful appetizer or snack! It has a nice little punch and crunch to it. I opened my first batch after about two and a half months and the initial bites reminded me of a hard cider drink. The apples definitely dominated my taste buds, but I loved the spices I added to this recipe. One of the spices in this concoction was Caraway Seeds which have phenomenal health benefits.
- Caraway seeds are rich in fiber and aide in digestion. They are also known to help flush out toxins because its fiber binds to bile salts and toxins to be excreted in a fast manner through the digestive system, instead of those toxins being reabsorbed in the in colon.
- Caraway seeds have several flavonoids that are powerful antioxidants which include lutein, carotene, crypto-xanthin and zea-xanthin. They help remove harmful free-radicals from your body and prevent unnecessary aging and cell degeneration.
- Caraway seeds are a great source minerals!! They are chalk full of iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, selenium, zinc and magnesium. Copper is required for the production of red blood cells. Iron is essential for red blood cell formation. Zinc is a co-factor in many enzymes that regulate your cell growth and development, sperm generation, digestion and nucleic acid synthesis. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that help regulate your heart rate and blood pressure. Last but not least, manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the anti-oxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase!
- Caraway seeds also give us Vitamin A, B, C, and E! Vitamin A is essential for bone growth and healthy vision. Vitamin B’s notoriously give us proper energy and a healthy nervous system. Vitamin C is necessary for cardiovascular health and a healthy immune system. Vitamin E is amazing for our brain health and assists in the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases.
Fermented Skinny Sauerkraut
- 2 Organic Green Cabbage
- 2 Organic Granny Smith Apple
- 3 Organic Sweet Onion
- 2 Organic Pear
- 3 Tbsp. Organic Cinnamon
- 2 1/2 Tbsp. Organic Allspice
- 4 Tbsp. Organic Caraway Seeds
- 1 Tbsp. Organic Cardamom
- 1 Tbsp. Organic Clove
- 1 Tbsp. Organic Nutmeg
- +/- 2 Tbsp. Sea Salt
- filtered water
- Sanitize glass mason jars or canning jars by filling with boiling water, let them sit while you prep the produce, then empty.
- Make an apple cider vinegar "bath" to remove any pesticide, herbicide, dirt, residue, etc. (for the pears and apples) that may be on the surface. Just remove the outer peel of cabbage and onion and discard.
- Use a food processor, like a Ninja to slice cabbage, onions, pears, and apples into a sauerkraut consistency.
- OPTIONAL A KitchenAid mixer comes in extremely handy for mixing all ingredients thoroughly to create an even mixture OR you can choose to food process and start the canning process in layers as well.
- While adding the even mixture to the canning jar, periodically mash all ingredients to the bottom to remove any air pockets that may have formed and allow more room for mixture. The "mashing" movements will also help release juices from the produce for the fermentation process.
- IMPORTANT! Leave at least TWO inches free of any ferment mixture at the top of the canning jar.
- Create a salt water brine by combining celtic sea salt with 1/2-3/4 cup of filtered water.
- Pour +/- ¼ cup of the salt water brine around the top of the ferments and cover with a single cabbage leaf.
- Place the “unpopped” (if you are recycling lids make sure they are completely flat and untampered with) lid on your jar and fasten tightly with the metal band.
- Label the date of fermentation on the top of your lid.
- Store in a cool dry place.
Caraway seeds are not to be mistaken with fennel, cumin, or anise seeds. In a quick glance caraway, fennel, cumin, and anise seeds do look very similar. However, just as caraway seeds offer many specific medicinal properties; so do other spices and seeds in their own respects.
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