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Sprout Kraut

Sprout Kraut

Fermentation has been undergoing something of a renaissance in recent years with the three K's (kimchi, kefir and kombucha) on everybody's lips.

You can add kraut to that list this Christmas, with this delicious recipe for a seasonal Sauerkraut from the Community Farm. This festive version ferments Brussels sprouts instead of cabbage, and makes a magical addition to the Christmas cheese board.

Ingredients

  • 300g sprouts
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp caraway seeds
  • A few peppercorns (you can also add some sliced garlic and chilli for a little extra punch)

Method

Finely shred 300g sprouts.

Add 2 tsp salt, 1 tbsp caraway seeds and a few peppercorns (you can also add some sliced garlic and chilli for a little extra punch). Massage for 5 minutes to release the liquid from the sprouts.

Pack the sprouts into a jar (roughly 400ml) and weigh them down with a small tumbler, then leave overnight.

The following day, the sprouts should have released enough liquid for them to be just submerged, if not add a little water so they’re covered when pressed down.

Leave, with the weight still pressing down and the lid off the jar, in a cool dark place for up to a week. Stir occasionally.

It’ll start to ferment in a few days. Taste every day. When it becomes sour put the lid on and store in the fridge, the flavour will develop with time.