What makes good sauerkraut?
Personal vegetable preservation, such as fermentation, was a necessity in ancient times to get people through the cold season when crops didn't grow. With the advent of refrigerators and canning processes, this art is often overlooked in the home. With these advances many people have lost a diversity in their diet that our ancestors recognized as healthful. Recent research has shown that there are beneficial microbes in fresh fermented foods that aid digestion, skin tone, elimination, and even mood.
Wow Wow Sauerkraut is made only from either locally sourced or organic cabbage and high quality sea salt. It is fermented in anaerobic vessels for a minimum of 3 weeks to increase microbial action and bioavailability of nutrients. Because probiotic microbes are sensitive to heat, Wow Wow sauerkrauts are never heat processed.
The Old World recipe is a basic sauerkraut with the addition of caraway seeds. Caraway is a German tradition that has the added benefit of aiding digestion and bloating. This kraut is the perfect addition to a sandwich, hot dog, or as a side dish.
Sunny Sauerkraut has the addition of carrots, organic lemon zest and ginger giving it a bright look and flavor. It's terrific as an addition to a salad or a light side with fish or chicken.
In our society we fortunately are not scrambling to diversify our diet, so it's fun to experiment with different flavor additions. Cabbage is a remarkably versatile vegetable, and sauerkraut made from high quality cabbage can be a terrific addition to any meal.