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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Russian Kapusta "homemade sauerkraut" ♥

 Made this a couple days back...Here is a traditional russian dish, russian kapusta which is homemade sauerkraut... you can use as a side dish in russian piroshki, or in the meal thats for dinner tonight.... coming up my slow cooker russian sausages and kapusta dish! enjoy! ♥ 

Ingredients ♥ 

2 medium/large cabbages (2 1/2 kg or about 5 1/2 lbs) 

2-3 medium carrots, grated
2 Tbsp sea salt
1 Tbsp sugar

Directions ♥
Remove the outermost leaves of the cabbage, cut it into quarters and shred cabbage finely
In a large silver bowl, place cabbage, carrots, 2 Tbsp sea salt and 1 Tbsp sugar and scrunch and knead it together really well for the juice to be released from the cabbage (4-5 min). You don’t want it to be super juicy, just enough to cover the lettuce when you really pack it down in a jar.
Now mix it together with your hands to squeeze out the juice
 Fill a glass jar with the cabbage mixture and pack it in very tightly so that the juice from the cabbage covers the cabbage completely. You want a jar big enough to be filled only about 2/3 full so it has room to expand.
Make a press over the top of the cabbage by pushing down with a plate (or the lid from a large sour cream container). Top with a small jar of water, a super clean rock or whatever else would make a good weight.  Place the lid on the jar but do not tighten (this is just to keep bugs out). Its a good idea to keep the bottle in the sink or over a dish since there is risk of it overflowing (this is also why we only fill it 2/3 full; it grows!). Let stand at room temp for 4 days or until sour. It will stop fermenting/rising when it’s done.
While it sits at room temperature, once each day: poke a few holes through the cabbage with the back of a wooden mixing spoon to release the gas that this process produces and pack the cabbage down tightly.
After 4 days, refrigerate until ready to serve. Can be stored for a few weeks if kept very cold.
To serve, drain the amount of cabbage that you would like to eat by firmly squeezing out the excess juice with your hands. mix well and serve.enjoy! ♥

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