I am an old farmer from 'way back and have made my own kraut for years. This is the way I make it, except I don't use a crock, but pack the shredded cabbage directly into wide-mouth quart jars. Store at temperature of 60-70 degrees, covered with an old blanket to keep dark. (I store it in an outbuilding.)In six to seven weeks, we feast on sauerkraut and ribs. Makes about 18 quarts. I run the quarts through a boiling water bath for about 20 minutes to seal.
(A 15" piece of 3/4" dowel makes a great tapper!)
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I am an old farmer from 'way back and have made my own kraut for years. This is the way I make...