Mason Jar Sauerkraut
1 green cabbage
1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoons caraway seeds (optional, for flavor)
1 jalapeño (optional)
6 carrots, shredded (optional)
2-quart wide mouth canning jar (or two quart mason jars)
Canning funnel (optional)
Smaller jelly jar that fits inside the larger mason jar
Clean stones, marbles, or other weights for weighing the jelly jar
Cloth for covering the jar
Rubber band or twine for securing the cloth
1. Clean everything:
2. Slice the cabbage: Discard the wilted, limp outer leaves of the cabbage.
3. Combine the cabbage and salt: Transfer the cabbage to a big mixing bowl and sprinkle the salt over top. Work the salt into the cabbage by massaging and squeezing the cabbage with your hands. Gradually, the cabbage will become watery and limp. This will take 5 to 10 minutes. Mix in caraway seeds, or cracked pepper
4. Pack the cabbage into the jar: Grab handfuls of the cabbage and pack them into the canning jar. Occasionally tamp down the cabbage in the jar with your fist. Pour any liquid released by the cabbage while you were massaging it into the jar. Place one of the larger outer leaves of the cabbage over the surface of the sliced cabbage. This will help keep the cabbage submerged in its liquid.
Ferment the cabbage for 3 to 10 days: keep the sauerkraut away from direct sunlight and at a cool room temperature — ideally 65°F to 75°F.
Check it daily and press it down if the cabbage is floating above the liquid. it will ferment more quickly than larger batches. Start tasting it after 3 days — when the sauerkraut tastes good to you, remove the weight, screw on the cap, and refrigerate or allow the sauerkraut to continue fermenting for 10 days or even longer.