Tuesday, May 25, 2010

kraut and co-ops

I just purchased these 1 gallon jars from our co-op, Azure Standard, last month. They are perfect for making sauerkraut. 2 large heads of cabbage fit inside perfectly.Cindy gave me a great tip on fermenting your kraut; to help hold the chopped cabbage down, use an entire leaf to cover the top! It works fabulously. This morning I chopped all my cabbage up, squished it into my new jar and placed a leaf over the top. Then I used a 1/2 pint, wide mouth mason jar to put pressure on the cabbage, making sure it all stays below the salt water. Screw on the lid and in about 2 weeks this kraut is going to be delicious!
Do you have a co-op where you live? If you're west of the Mississippi (for the most part) Azure probably delivers to your state! Most of the food that we consume (other than our garden and farmers market) comes from our co-op. I do go to the grocery store, but only once in a while and usually for just a couple things. Shopping with the co-op allows me to save money and time. Getting all the things I need once a month is a blessing! Especially when you live in an area where it rains 3/4 of the year and you have 3 kids, ages 3 and under to take to the store!


Kim said...

We inherited about 20 of these jars when we bought our house...I use them to cool broth, seperate milk and store leftover soups in...hadn't thought about kraut! That would be easier than the half dozen quarts on the counter!!:)

Leslie said...

i have had an azure catalog before...when we lived in WA. i was interested in the juicers...these jars are huge!!!

Anonymous said...

As much as I love kraut...that'd be far too much for me to eat alone. =) Looks good...I might have to stop over for a sample!

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