This is a hard one to rate. I would've just given it 2.5 if I could but the site doesn't let you. First problem was, sauerkraut is sour. Period. Sauerkraut has been a staple in my life since I started eating solid food...lol...so I knew throwing plain sauerkraut in the crock would not go well. Called mom...told me to add a little less than 2 Tablespoons sugar and mix in a bit of caraway. It didn't look like enough liquid but my mom assured me the sauerkraut would eek out liquid as it cooked. Done. I read all the reviews and decided to follow the advise of adding in potatoes (I added a small--two bite--variety called "Honey Gold") and bacon. I put in my pork chops, sauerkraut mixed with potatoes, and layered bacon over the top. After cooking for close to the recommended time, I discarded the bacon (way overcooked to serve with the recipe), and tested doneness of everything. (My mom was right on the sauerkraut adding enough juice to the recipe.) The potatoes were perfect, as was the sauerkraut...SO yummy! When I tried pulling out a chunk of pork to test though...it just fell apart. I could hardly get any substantial pieces out and what I did was SO INCREDIBLY DRY,The pork tasted *ok* I guess...but it was a complete disaster bc it was over-cooked. We didn't want to waste it. However, we obviously didn't want to eat the pork, and it was almost impossible to scoop out spoonfuls without shreds of the pork with it. Next time this will be with a roast.
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This is a hard one to rate. I would've just given it 2.5 if I could but the site doesn't let...