Re: newbie sauerkraut question
> --- Celeste wrote:Hi Celeste,
> Dear Friends,
> I started my first batch of homemade
> sauerkraut night before last. It's
> still green, though. When does it
> change to more brown/beige?
The length of time it takes depends on the
recipe you use. I use the recipe in "Rainbow
Green Live Food Cuisine". They recommend
adding South River Miso to the kraut.
available at People's or Food Front Co-Op).
I add probiotics to the mixture. I think
traditional sauerkraut takes 2 weeks. By
adding miso and/or probiotics, it only
takes 3 to 5 days.
I prefer the Natural Choice probiotics->
Alan may have a different recipe, I haven't
tried his method using jars. You may want to
call him for advice.
The text below is quoted from "The Lovers Diet"
by Victoras Kulvinskas, page 163
Acidophilus, Bifidus, and Probiotics:
Internal Enzyme Factories
Over 25 years ago at the Hippocrates Health Institute
I pioneered the fermentation process.
I not only based it on totally non-animal milks but
also found ways to accelerate the fermentation.
In the past, to get successful results, one had to
add salt and ferment the cabbage for weeks.
With my system, the kraut are ready in 2 to 3 days,
and salt is unnecessary.
By starting a batch of the following recipes with
1 teaspoon of pro-biotics (friendly bacteria), you
will be giving your intestinal bacteria a major boost.
In a matter of 1 hour, 1 bacteria becomes two, within
another hour it becomes 4.
If this is allowed to keep on for 8 hours, the total
bacteria count in a preparation increases by 256 times.
Remember though, that the fermentation process produces
a high lactic acid content, so you do not want to over-use
fermented foods in your meal plan. Experiment with a few
tablespoons or more; find out what works.
Because of the acid component, the ferments are NEVER to
be combined in the same meal with starchy foods such as
bread, rice, and other grains, root vegetables, ect.
Although sunflower seeds (which I find the most delicious
of the lot) are most often used for cheese or yogurt, you
could just as well use almonds or a mix of sesame with
sunflower (comes out quite sharp), pumpkin, cashew, tofu, ect."
info on Viktoras-
vegan cheese recipe-
Have a great day!