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Recipe: Red Cabbage Sauerkraut

A cut red cabbage next to a jar of pickled red cabbage and a jar of pickled white cabbage

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If you need extra digestive support for your detox, try this recipe for Red Cabbage Sauerkraut.

If you need extra digestive support for your detox, try this recipe for Red Cabbage Sauerkraut.

Red Cabbage Sauerkraut


1 red cabbage, grated

2 tablespoons sea salt

1 tablespoon caraway seeds


1. Place the red cabbage and salt into a large bowl. Toss to mix well, cover, and let sit for 1 hour.

2. After 1 hour, toss cabbage again and then begin pounding it using a potato masher or a kitchen mallet. Cabbage will begin to produce liquid. Mash until the mixture is very juicy.

3. Stuff cabbage into a wide mouth quart canning jar, tamping it down as necessary. Make sure that cabbage is below the brine level, use a weight of some kind, if necessary (pickling weights are available online). If necessary, make extra brine: 1 tablespoon of sea salt per 1/3 cup water.

4. When all the cabbage is in the jar and is submerged below the liquid cover the jar with wax paper and place into a cool dark place for 3-5 days.

5. Move jar to refrigerator for another 2-3 weeks; at this point the kraut should be tangy and flavorful

Serve 1-2 tablespoons with each meal for a delicious, healthy boost.

Read more about detox from Mira Dessy.

About the Author

Mira Dessy is a certified nutrition educator, The Ingredient Guru, and author of The Pantry Principle: how to read the label and understand what's really in your food. 

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