Frequently Asked Questions
For starters, we’ve found the easiest-to-handle whole cabbage is 3 to 4 pounds:
- Slice cabbage in half
- Remove “heart” from each half
- Cut each half, in half, ending up with four quarters
Use a mandolin that has an angled blade, for the most consistent “thread” cuts which are fine, wispy, almost-translucent. This type of cut achieves the best traditional sauerkraut flavor and texture. The thread-cut also opens up more of the plant’s cells, releasing a larger number of lactic-acid bacteria for a more vibrant ferment.
If you have a straight-blade mandolin, refer to this FAQ for photos on changing the angle which you hold the cabbage wedge against the blade.
We do not recommend the use of food processors, as even the most narrow blade – 2mm, and the shredding disc, aren’t capable of making a fine enough cabbage thread.
Did you know...
Hops and honey was originally used in the making of mead (or, Sima which is the Finnish version), a lightly-fermented, slightly-alcoholic season beverage. As honey became more expensive, white and brown sugars were substituted. Using hops and honey is worth every effort, creating a taste of tradition.
—Traditional Fermented Honey Mead
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—Jen R., Ohio