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tall kitchen garbage bags with twisty ties
canning kettle or canning steamer
18 pint size wide mouth canning jars
kitchen towel to set jars on
marker to identify and date product
flower planter base on wheels/casters
· 5 pounds cabbage per
· 3 tablespoons pickling salt
Place the bucket on a Flower Planter Base with caster on wheels. (You can find these in any Garden Store)
Line your 5 gallon bucket with two garbage bags stretched over the outside of the bucket.
Quarter cabbage and remove core. Remove dry outer leaves. Weigh 5 pounds on Kitchen Scale.
Chop or grate cabbage, 1/8 to 1/4 thickness, with a meat slicer.
Place cabbage in a large bowl or pan as you chop it.
Sprinkle salt on the cabbage as you go. Knead the cabbage until juices come. (3 tablespoons of salt for 5 pounds of cabbage)
Fill that garbage bag with your salted cabbage, plus all juice in bowl or pan.
Repeat steps 4-8 for the rest of the cabbage.
When you have finished with the cabbage press all the air out of the inner garbage bag and tie with a twist tie.
Add another garbage bag atop the tied cabbage bag. Fill this bag with water to seal to the edges of bucket. Twistie tie this water bag.
Leave the crock to ferment. Store the bucket in a corner of the kitchen or any room it can remain unobstructed.
Check the bucket every few days and wipe any foam or mold you see forming inside the outer bag. (DO NOT OPEN THE INNER CABBAGE BAG)
After 6 weeks lift the bag of water into the sink and open the kraut bag.
Prepare 18 wide mouth pint jars by boiling in water 5 minutes or in the dishwasher to sanitize.
In a sauce pan boil lids and rings 5 minutes to sanitize.
Place water in canning kettle or bottom of steaming canner and heat to a boil.
While jar is hot, fill each jar with Kraut to ½ inch from the top, pressing down making sure liquid covers kraut. (Add boiling water if needed to cover kraut)
Using Tongs, place lid and ring on jar and place in canning kettle, or on tray in the steam bathe.
Repeat until canner, or steamer is filled with jars aprox 6 per steam. (Make sure jars do not touch)
Place lid on canner cover and set timer for 20 minutes. If using steamer place lid on steamer and when steam sprays out hole of steamer set timer for 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes remove jars from canner/steamer, to sit on kitchen towel.
Loosen the rings, and wait for the lids to make a popping sound, telling you they are sealed (which is really cool to hear).
You can tell they are sealed by indentation on lid. If the lid does not indent you need to remove the lid, clean the rim of the jar, and using a new lid and ring, re-steam for another 20 minutes.
When you want to cook the canned kraut, cook for 20 to 30 minutes before serving.