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Information about Sauerkraut plus a traditional sauerkraut recipe

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Contrary to common belief, the basis of Sauerkraut did not originate in Germany. It actually dates back to c200 B.C. China where the workers building the Great  Wall of China ate it as a supplement to their normal diet which consisted mainly of rice. Admittedly, it was made with wine at that time, but nevertheless, it was the origin of today's recipe.


It is believed that Genghis Khan is responsible for the introduction of sauerkraut to Europe in the 13th Century when he used it to feed his troops during their  raids in  Eastern Europe. From there it spread to other countries including Germany, where it is now a traditional and popular dish  eaten as an accompaniment or used as an added ingredient in recipes.


During the making of sauerkraut, the salt used draws out the cabbage juice, which contains sugar which causes a fermentation process when  lactic acid forms. This is what produces the faint tangy flavour .


Below is a recipe for home made sauerkraut, however it is widely available in jars and tins. You can find more recipes using this ingredient on the main Germany Cooking by Country page or by using the search form.


Happy Cooking!


Homemade Sauerkraut Recipe     Veg   CD   German   10 days

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