Aktualisiert: Jan 27
The winter is coming & the butternut squash is in full season. So, it's time for Winterkaut.
This is the second Kraut variation in our sortiment.
Regular, or shall I say, plain Sauerkraut is very rich in vitamins C & also vitamin K. The C vitamin, after proper fermentation jumps to 20 times of the original amount that is normally in cabbage. But vitamins are not the only beneficial things. It is also loaded in beneficial probiotics, enzymes & organic acids. Plus it provides iron, manganese, folate & few other things. Because of all the above mentioned, fermented cabbage or Sauerkraut, which better describes the final product, has many health benefits. Dr. Axe mentions 7 of them in one of his articles (1*):
1. Supplies Probiotics that Help Improve Digestion
2. Improves Immune Function
3. Reduces Inflammation and Allergies
4. Protects Cognitive Health
5. Can Help You Handle Stress and Improve Your Mood
6. Beneficial for Weight Loss or Maintenance
7. Provides Cancer-Fighting Antioxidants
Now add to this the health benefits of butternut squash, carrots & ginger and you will end up with another fermented Super Food that is super healthy & also very delicious!
We'll take just the butternut squash. Here are just 8 of them from Organic Authority (2*):
Prevents high blood pressure. ...
Promotes regularity. ...
Improves eyesight. ...
Keeps bones strong. ...
Protects your skin. ...
Boosts immune function. ...
Reduces inflammation. ...
Aids in weight loss
Or this from Recipethis.com
So, now back to our Winterkraut.
Here are the veggies that go into its make up.
And to make it, we start with the cabbage & next comes the squash.
After the carrots are done, we end up with this colorful palette.
Next comes the unrefined sea salt & our heavy helpers.
The stones help with pulling the juices out of the vegetables, with minimum work.
Next, comes the ginger juice & we mix everything to get it ready for our beautiful fermenting crocks.
And then the real fermentation process continues. After about 2-3 months , our Winterkraut goes into retail glass jars:
And then into the fridge.
There, it continues to ferment further, but at a much slower pace.
Here's a close up of our retail jar & the label:
When our Winterkraut is fully fermented, it is very delicious & it's one of the few of our ferments that does not contain any garlic or onions . Also, like all of our other fermented foods & drinks, there were no plastics used during the production, fermentation or storage. Unfortunately, there seems to be a trend among some other people who do fermented vegetables or drinks, and then pack them in plastics, not understanding that organic acids pull all the chemicals from those containers, and the customers gets a Molotov cocktail of chemicals, thinking that they are getting a healthy products. And just for your information, there are NO safe food grade plastic containers that would not be affected by live organic acids.
Winterkraut can be enjoyed in many different ways. The simplest way is eating it straight from the jar. But you can go beyond that & consume it in a more creative way.
Below are some examples of how we have used it.
Like this lovely Roasted Butternut Squash-Quinoa Salad:
Or this Winterkraut Avocado Salad with Hemp & Pumpkin Seeds:
Or this one also with Brussels Sprouts, Quinoa & Roasted Purple Potatoes:
Or the recent one with Pumpkin Seeds, Baby Swiss Chard & Grilled Sourdough Bread
Don't have time to make your own. Then stop by at our Cafe to pick up a jar or two!
Ingredients: White Cabbage, Butternut Squash, Carrots, Ginger, Unrefined Atlantic Sea Salt & Starter Liquid from previous fermentation
Disclaimer: All medical information in this post is merely information & not advise. If you need medical advice, please consult your doctor or other appropriate medical professional.