Cabbage is the most inexpensive and very popular product among the population. You can make a lot of very tasty and healthy dishes from a vegetable. The most popular snack among cabbage dishes is, of course, the sauerkraut: crispy, with the addition of various spices and vegetables.

fermented капуста

It can be a wonderful snack for aperitif or other alcoholic beverages, as well as a separate dish. It has long been believed that more than one table could not do without this dish. There are a lot of cooking options and each housewife, preparing it, is guided only by the proven method of ferment..

Useful properties of sauerkraut

The most obvious and most positive quality of sauerkraut is the presence of vitamins and minerals in it:

  • The presence of vitamin C in sauerkraut doctors have long been established. And the fact that it benefits, you should not even doubt: the blood is purified, viruses infect the body less with their bacteria;
  • The presence of vitamin B in sauerkraut helps the feeling of hunger to disappear. It also relieves the body of anemia and speeds up the metabolism;
  • Coordinates the work of the heart in the presence of fiber in this snack;
  • Bacteria do not penetrate lactic acid, which is actively manifested only in sauerkraut;
  • It also contains useful trace elements: zinc, calcium, iron.
One of the interesting facts: not only in sauerkraut are many valuable and useful substances, but also in its brine. For many abnormalities or diseases, doctors recommend to use exactly the pickle of sauerkraut.

If you have a bad appetite, you can drink only a few grams of this drink and you notice quickly want to start a meal. And even the pickle can be drunk for those who actively struggle with fat on the body (or obesity).

General tips on choosing cabbage

If you decide to start souring, but you do not know where to start, then the first thing, of course, is to decide on the type of cabbage: since there are many varieties of this vegetable in nature, everyone should rely first of all on his taste and addiction in food.

It is worth noting that the most popular of all types of leaven is white cabbage..

What is the reason for such popularity – the answer is for everyone, but first and foremost is the availability and ease of cooking vegetables.

To choose the best cabbages for sourdough, you need to know the following:

useful квашенная капуста

  1. Heads must be tight and strong when squeezed in the hands;
  2. The presence in the cabbage of cracks, chips or other visible damage is unacceptable;
  3. The leaves of the heads must be fresh and undecayed, the only way to achieve the most good ferment results;
  4. It is better to choose cabbages in size to reduce waste..

Among the most popular varieties, preference is given to late ones, such as:

  • Wintering 1474;
  • Krumon;
  • Gingerbread Man;
  • Turkiz.

Mid-season varieties for fermentation:

  • Glory;
  • Present;
  • Dobrovodskiy.

Early varieties are less suitable for ferment, because they do not have such high rates in storage and preservation.

In addition to white cabbage, kvass and other types of cabbage: Peking, Brussels and even cauliflower. But they all have quite a specific taste and therefore are not as popular as the white.
Traditional recipe for instant sauerkraut
Recipes хрустящей квашеной капусты быстрого приготовления
Ingredients amount
White cabbage about a kilogram
Carrot 1-2 average
Garlic optional
Vinegar 11 tbsp. l.
Salt 1 tbsp. l.
Sugar 1 tbsp. l.
Sunflower oil 100 g
Water 500 ml
Time for preparing: 360 minutes Calories per 100 grams: 112 Kcal

The most obvious advantage of this recipe is that this vegetable, prepared in this way, will be ready as soon as possible. Another important factor in the preparation of this recipe will play simplicity in cooking.


Carrots grated;

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Heads nashinkovat;

chop капусту

Prepare the pickle. To do this: boil water, add all spices, vinegar and oil;

brine для квашенной капусты

In a container in which you will put everything, put vegetables, pour hot (!) Brine;

Cover with top load.

cargo на капусту

Cabbage cooked in this way can be eaten in 4-5 hours. After the appetizer is ready, transfer it to a more convenient container – a jar, which you can then put in the refrigerator for storage..

Sauerkraut with pickle in a jar

Such a recipe is no worse than many others in preparation, but with accuracy we can say that the dish is juicy and crispy in the end..

The following ingredients are required for cooking:

  • About 2 kilograms of white cabbage (as much as you like in a jar, you can and more);
  • Carrots – 2 pieces;
  • A few leaves of bay leaf;
  • Black pepper peas.

For brine:

  • Water – 1.5 liters;
  • Salt large – 2 tbsp. l .;
  • Sugar – 2 tbsp. l.

It’s very simple: chop cabbage on your own (someone loves bigger, someone smaller), three carrots on a coarse grater. Mix all the vegetables and put them in a jar (3-liter). For brine, mix all ingredients together with water and pour into a jar of cabbage.

It is recommended to put something (a cloth or a lid) on top of the jar, but not to close it. Then the fermentation process begins. Depending on where the bank with the contents will be stored, this process will be regulated: accelerate or slow down.

If the room is quite warm or hot – cabbage will be ready in a few days (2-3). Well, if the room is much cooler, then the snack will ferment anyway, but with a noticeable delay, be sure to consider this factor when souring.

After the final product is ready, store the cabbage better in the refrigerator.

Instant vinegar-free recipe

Many people prefer just such a recipe, because with vinegar there are rather complex relationships (medical indications, allergies or other reasons). Sometimes some refuse to add vinegar just to remove its rather pungent smell..

Main components of the dish:

  • Cabbages (quantity varies as desired);
  • Carrot.

Additional ingredients:

  • Salt – 1 tbsp. l .;
  • Sugar – 1 tbsp. l .;
  • Water – 0.5 liters.

First you need to chop the cabbage, you can do it in any convenient way. Next, grate carrots on a coarse grater. Prepare brine: mix salt, sugar and water together. Cabbage and carrots put in a jar, mix it or not – you decide. Pour all content with brine.

The fermentation process is running, now it remains to wait for a while (usually it is several days). Be sure to try sauerkraut for readiness before serving it..

Daily sauerkraut

Most housewives choose this method of leaven only for its speed in cooking. This recipe will not leave indifferent many. Prepare a notebook and pen.


cabbage квашенная

  • White cabbage – 2 kg;
  • Carrots – 2 medium pieces;
  • Coarse salt – 2 tbsp. l .;
  • Bay leaf;
  • Peppercorns;
  • Water is a glass;
  • Vegetable oil – half a liter;
  • Vinegar – 250 gr .;
  • Sugar – 100 gr.

To begin, cut the cabbage and grate the carrots on a coarse grater, mix them together and rub with salt – this procedure will highlight the cabbage juice. For brine: dissolve sugar, spices, oil and vinegar in water. Boil the mixture. Pour the cabbage into the mixture and try to compress it or cover it with something heavy. A day later, delicious sauerkraut is ready.

Quick sauerkraut with beets

This recipe is used when they want to give the cabbage a fairly rich burgundy hue. And the dish prepared according to this recipe, it turns out very tasty and juicy. Beets saturate cabbage with even more vitamins and minerals..

Ingredients for cooking:

  • White cabbage – 3 kg;
  • Fresh beets – 200 g;
  • Garlic – 3 – 4 cloves (can be more, if you like);
  • Carrots – 200 – 300 gr (or 2 – 3 pieces);
  • Vinegar – 1 cup;
  • Vegetable oil – 200 gr;
  • Sugar – 170 gr;
  • Salt large – 3 tbsp. l

The whole process begins with the preparation of vegetables: they need to be washed and cut. Cutting cabbage and beets can be done in any order – as you like.

For beets, it can be bars, and cubes, and straw, in the end you can grate it. Cabbage can be cut into several large parts, or in other ways: chop coarsely or finely, dice, and so on. Grate carrots.

All vegetables in a container can be folded in layers or mixed. Prepare the brine: peel and chop the garlic, put pepper, bay leaf, oil, garlic, vinegar, salt and sugar in water. To boil.

With boiling solution pour vegetables and place under the oppression. The marinating process will take about 2-3 days. After the appetizer is ready, put it in the refrigerator for storage.

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All the secrets of cooking

So that every hostess always makes sauerkraut tasty and crispy, you should carefully familiarize yourself with some of the subtleties and rules of the ferment of this tasty dish..

The main secrets are:

  1. Carefully monitor the release of bubbles in the tank – they must be ruthlessly disposed of;
  2. If the container according to the recipe is supposed to be kept open – from time to time poke cabbage with wooden skewers, this trick will allow air bubbles to come out faster;
  3. The temperature for fermentation should be as convenient as possible – the average ranges from 17 to 25 degrees, taking into account this factor, your snack will be prepared much earlier;
  4. If under a jar or a container in which a whitecap is brewed, do not place another larger container – you risk getting a puddle on the brine floor;
  5. Storage tank and starter plays a role in this procedure. Preference is given to the following packaging: glass or wood. Extremely rarely used enameled, aluminum and plastic containers..

Whatever sauerkraut you are going to cook, it remains only to wish for a pleasant appetite.!

Contraindications to the use of sauerkraut

However, not everyone can eat sauerkraut, no matter how good it is. The reasons for this may be very different. So, people with high blood pressure, doctors advise caution to use such a snack in the food. Another dish is contraindicated in the following diseases:

  • Kidney disease;
  • Ulcer;
  • Stones in the gallbladder;
  • Pancreatic diseases.

It should be said separately that if you really want to try quite a bit of this tasty snack, but it is contraindicated to you, you can consult with your doctor and he will advise what to do in this case.