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Live Sauerkraut

4 days
Ready in
4 days


  • 1 cabbage (red or green)
  • ½-1 tsp. Himalayan salt crystals
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 4 Tbs. dried dill or 1/2 cup fresh dill chopped
  • 2 Tbs. caraway seeds
  • 4-8 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Substitutions: Switch the dill for cilantro, the caraway for cumin seeds and the garlic for ginger or turmeric root to make different variations.


  1. Slice the cabbage using the 1mm setting on a mandolin or food processor, or cut paper thin with a knife. Discard the outer leaves.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together and massage it with your hands. Continue to work the cabbage until the liquid starts to release.
  3. You may need to let your hands rest, so leave the cabbage sitting and come back to it every 1/2 hour until when you press on the cabbage, liquid rises to the top.
  4. Place the kraut in a 1-quart or 1-liter glass jar. Press the cabbage down until the liquid rises above it about 1/8 inch. The juice may sink back down a little and that is okay.
  5. Place a lid on the jar and let sit for 1-4 days in a warm spot (around 80F), depending on desired sourness.
  6. Once the sauerkraut is ready, place it in the refrigerator.