Speaking of sauerkraut, the day the UPS guy brought my little sauerkraut maker, I thanked him for stopping by early. The disadvantage of living way out here is that we could have one of numerous UPS drivers and they could arrive around 10 a.m. or 10 p.m. They either stop by here on their way heading to the towns south of us or they stop by here at the end of their day on the way back to home base. This particular day, it was a driver I had not seen before which, of course, did not stop be from talking to him. I told him I knew it was coming and was chomping at the bit to start chopping cabbage because a new sauerkraut fermenting box was in that box he had on his truck. He told me he loved sauerkraut so I told him that when it was ready, I’d give hi a jar. I said “You’re going to have to remind me because I’ll forget which one of you guys told me you like sauerkraut!”
I hadn’t forgotten but I hadn’t seen him again and earlier this week, I was in the kitchen, heard the UPS truck, looked out and thought . . I think that’s the guy who likes kraut. I went out there and said “Were you the one who likes sauerkraut?” He said yes so I asked if he had room in his cooler for a jar. Yep. So I ran in and filled a pint jar for him. I told him if he likes it, he can get his jar refilled any time he brings it back. I haven’t seen him since so I don’t know the verdict.
That little fermenting box is kinda like the freeze dryer . . always full with the next load waiting. I just took out a load and put it in jars.
Three quarts and one 1-1/2 pints. Most of those will go to Nicole. I’ll keep probably one quart or maybe the 1-1/2 pint jar here. A week or so after I get back, the next batch will be done. I bought three heads of cabbage but it was kinda weird. There was so much of the hard white core and a lot of the big white “veins” that I cut out. I could probably have used 5 heads with as much as I cut out and gave the chickens. Haven’t had heads like that before.
This little fermenting box is so easy to use, especially for these small batches.