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    We used to use the hot pack method, that is where you heat it up before you place it in the jars. What this was supposed to do was kill the fermentation process and remove extra air that might be trapped in the sauerkraut.

    Now we used the cold pack method as it does not effect the taste, color or texture. I like sauerkraut fresh the best before it is canned.

    With the cold pack method we take the sterilized jars and then put the sauerkraut in cold, we leave extra head space at the top of the jar in case there is air is trapped in the food. We then bring the jars to a boil in a hot water bath for 12 minutes at full boil and remove the heat source. When the water is no longer boiling we remove the jars from the water and let them set until they are cool and the lids are sealed. We also place several flour sack towels over them so that there is no breeze as it usually hot and we have a fan running. We have to keep thermal shock in mind.

    Once we did not place towels over the jars when canning cherries and all the jars that were exposed to the breeze cracked and one or two even shattered. When this happens you lose your jars, food and it makes a big mess to clean up.
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    Here is what early sauerkraut looks like after it has been canned. The little specks in it are caraway seeds.



    Sorry, but we are also canning pickles when I took the picture.
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    SpearBrave,


    Like beets, I am sure I have eaten sauerkraut, but have no idea what it tastes like. I am also sure my Mom put it on my plate and said:
    "Eat your damn saurekraut"! And like beets I would like to try it.
    I know bugs won't be much of a problem with beets because like onions and carrots they are under the ground. Bugs love leaf crops however like lettuce.
    But cabbage, like beets, onions, and carrots are a winter crop! Winter is my favorite time to garden because not only are there no bugs but it rains all winter and one doesn't have to worry about watering all the time.
    Good idea!

    I never thought about cabbage.
    {It is a winter crop isn't it}?


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    I love Sauerkraut but have never made it fresh. Will be doing so next year here on the farm. Thanks SpearBrave

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacktheknife View Post
    But cabbage, like beets, onions, and carrots are a winter crop! Winter is my favorite time to garden because not only are there no bugs but it rains all winter and one doesn't have to worry about watering all the time.
    Good idea!

    I never thought about cabbage.
    {It is a winter crop isn't it}?


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    Kraut is a cool weather crop, meaning you plant it in late winter, and it ripens in mid June here. Also you can plant it in early August and harvest it before it freezes. There is another method that you can grow vegatables in winter, buy I will do a thread on that later.

    Keep in mind before I canned that kraut it fermented for 8 weeks in the basement where it is nice and cool.

    In Texas I would guess it is best grown only in the winter, you could contact your county extension agent for the growing seasons.
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