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Old 02-06-2013, 01:49 PM   #1
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Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut has come on my radar recently, not only as a low carb food, but also as a very healthy food. Apparantly because it is fermented it is good for the intestinal flora and other benefits.
Anyone using sauerkraut for it's health benefits?
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:12 PM   #2
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Nope I just Love the taste of it Lol! Good to know it's good for me too!
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The problem is that all the sauerkraut in supermarkets is pasteurized, which kills the bacteria, and destroys enzymes and vitamin C. So you need to either make it yourself or find a local health store/market/online source for unpasteurized sauerkraut.

I love it so much that I even drink the juice. And, if you ever have any constipation issues, sauerkraut will cure of them right away.

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Luv it. Im eating it now! Made a soup, put some skinless chicken thighs in the crock with some lc pasta sauce (cant think of the name, but it's from the dollar tree and only 5g per serving), a can of collards and a jar of kraut with water and lemon juice.
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I have in the past, but not recently. It is supposed to be very easy to make, I think I tried making it once, but it was a long time ago. I usually buy Bubbie's brand when I want some. If you do get it for the health benefits you have to make sure it is "alive" and not pasteurized (like the stuff in a can would be).
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I haven't had any in ages but I am pretty sure it is in a few recipes in the new veggie & soup cookbooks I got to encourage eating more varieties of healthy & super-veggies. I'll be trying it soon!
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I love saurkraut! I make a dish called Kapusta, which is divine!
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I love a good sausage and sauerkraut on a bun with mayo and mustard. I still eat it now, just with out the bun! Making my mouth water just thinking about it!
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I buy a number of lacto-fermented veggies, including sauerkraut, made by small local producers and sold in the refrigerated section (by the Bubbe's products) of my local grocery--lacto fermented green beans, asparagus, sauerkraut, "fall salad" (a mix of veggies but mostly cabbage), and this month a new offering with mixed vegetables and hot pepper spices. I eat a small bowl of lacto-fermented veggies most days and find myself craving it. Very satisfying and very good for me--it's probiotics in a bowl!

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Sven, I just bought some in the frig section that still has all of the good bacteria in it. Do you eat your cold? I'm thinking if I heat it I will mess it up.
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Glad I posted this. I bought some kraut in a jar at the local walmart.
It's vacuum sealed, so must be pateurized. It never dawned on me that
sealed products don't have the bacteria benefit.
So glad to have my LCF's to keep me informed.
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If you have a hard time finding unpasteurized sauerkraut, maybe you can find an Asian market and get kim chee. I looked into the making the lacto fermented sauerkraut and decided I didn't want to mess with it.
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Glad I posted this. I bought some kraut in a jar at the local walmart. It's vacuum sealed, so must be pateurized. It never dawned on me that sealed products don't have the bacteria benefit. So glad to have my LCF's to keep me informed.
It's still tasty! I hope you can find a use for it

If you're into LC "projects", live, probiotic sauerkraut is very easy to make.

If you google "making sauerkraut" the first result is from a site called Wild Fermentation by Sandor Katz. It gives directions for a big batch, but you can easily adjust it down. One medium head of cabbage makes about a quart.
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I used to absolutely detest saurkraut, but I've been having saukraut cravings lately...
I must say, it's actually quite nice, either warm or cold in a salad and I've been eating it regularly.

I eat it because my brain was telling me to, maybe I needed some weird nutrients that are in saurkraut... Anyway, no idea if it is improving my health, I am just enjoying it!
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:34 AM   #16
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Once you ferment it a week or few weeks later when its ready just add some olive oil and pepper to your serve of sauerkraut example on your plate or bowl and mix it up together, for variety at times try it pretty sure you will enjoy it.
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It's still tasty! I hope you can find a use for it

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Absolutely!!! LOL
I was never a great lover of sauerkraut only using it on hot dogs.
But as with many things, since I have gone LC foods taste different.
The sauerkraut was delicious...
It's very low in carbs and so I will eat it. But truth is, I bought it because I wanted the probiotic benefits, so I'll go to the local health food store and see how much it costs.
If not too dear, i'll get another jar there.
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I get mine at my local organic supermarket and they pack it in ordinary plastic bags (sandwich bags) and sell it by weight. I could get the prepacked but I have a feeling the homemade stuff they sell is better!
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I have always loved sauerkraut but now that I seem to always be in ketosis I craved it. I want all of my flavors to pop, nothing subtle. I want salty, sweet, or spicy. I don’t know if I’m now more sensitive of the flavors (in a physical sense), or if being low carb has made me more mentally aware of what things really taste like. But whatever it is, I like it.

And being of German ancestry the first meal, after church, every New Years Day was a pork roast cooked with sauerkraut and served with potatoes and dumplings. So now I will put a pork roast into the crock pot with sauerkraut, thinly sliced onion and one thinly sliced apple, set it for 6 hours and then enjoy. Plus the house smells wonderful (unless you’re my MIL who keeps saying “What stinks?” and I tell her “Our dinner!”).
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love the kraut.

i would eat it more often, but for the sodium issues. also, some jars have different carb counts than others. READ LABELS. Love & Profits: FLATFERENGHI
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of course you have to be sure to get the real fermented stuff for the benefits to hold. I think most is fake now, isn't it? just cooked with vinegar and salt.
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JRW, I also like putting a Boston Butt in the crockpot, pouring the sauerkraut around it and cooking it on low all day!!! It is delicious!! My 7 yr says he is glad that it doesn't taste as bad as it smells!
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Sven, I just bought some in the frig section that still has all of the good bacteria in it. Do you eat your cold? I'm thinking if I heat it I will mess it up.
I googled the question and found it on the "Paleohacks" website. The question was "Does cooking 'kill' good bacteria in fermented foods?" The answers were all "yes," and the same conclusion was reached on the "Probiotics Now" website. But there are still health benefits in heated sauerkraut, including vitamin C and Vitamin D.
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If I am buying the healthy kind of sauerkraut what do I look for on the label?

And then I'll kill whatever good is in it by cooking it... lol...
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Yes, this is a little confusing.
What to look for would be much appreciated.
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If I am buying the healthy kind of sauerkraut what do I look for on the label?

And then I'll kill whatever good is in it by cooking it... lol...
Unpasteurized and fermented, so basically all mainstream supermarket brands are out. And, then of course the best is organic, unpasteurized and fermented.
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Unpasteurized and fermented, so basically all mainstream supermarket brands are out. And, then of course the best is organic, unpasteurized and fermented.
Thanks. I'm not even sure if my health food store would carry unpasturized. I'll check over the weekend.

And the healthy way to eat it would be cold? Hmmm....
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Thanks. I'm not even sure if my health food store would carry unpasturized. I'll check over the weekend.

And the healthy way to eat it would be cold? Hmmm....
The unpasteurized is more pricey so I definitely would eat it cold so you don't waste the expensive bacteria. A good combo is grilled wild salmon and a sauerkraut salad with olive oil (use just a tiny bit), some shredded carrots if you eat them, and lots of pepper. The fattiness of the salmon goes super well with the tart taste of the kraut.
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Most traditional saurkrauts are fermented in whey. This should say so on the package.
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Most traditional saurkrauts are fermented in whey. This should say so on the package.
i don't agree that "most traditional saurkrauts" are fermented in whey.

far as i can tell from my recipe collection (and a quick internet search to confirm) most traditional sauerkraut recipes do not use whey as their fermentation starter, ... it's just shredded cabbage, water and salt as the main ingredients. that's the way i've done it for years, my mother before me, her mother before her etc etc etc. oh and if you do make your own you don't have to use a crock to ferment it, just pack it in mason jars. google sauerkraut and mason jars for 100's of recipes.

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Why I Don’t Use Whey as a Vegetable Fermentation Starter « The Liberated Kitchen, LLC
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