Sauerkraut is a fantastic way to add some flavour to your recipes, and is an important component to a healthy digestive system. The trick to a good sauerkraut is to make sure it is not pasteurized, so that all the beneficial enzymes and probiotics are largely intact. You make sure it is raw by making it yourself with this homemade sauerkraut recipe.


The purpose of this homemade sauerkraut recipe is to teach you how to produce a nutrient dense food that can be enjoyed with any meal, that will last for months (even years).

Full of minerals, enzymes, and probiotics, making your own fermented vegetables could easily be the most important and cheapest thing you can do for your health.

Try it on salads, eggs, wraps, hamburgers, and even in salsa!

See all the healing benefits of sauerkraut, here.

Equipment Required
  • Food processor
  • Blender
  • Knife
  • 2 large bowls
  • 3 heads green cabbage, shredded
  • 1 bunch of kale, chopped
  • 1 tbsp dill weed
  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl
  • Remove a few cups and place in blender
  • Add filtered water to make a brine which will be the consistency of a thick juice
  • Blend well and add back into the first mixture and stir well
  • Pack mixture down into a air tight container. Use a wooden spoon or other tool to pack down tightly
  • Fill container near full, leaving 1-2 inches at the top for the veggies to expand
  • Roll up cabbage leaves and place on top to fill the remaining space and close container tightly
  • Let sit at room temperature (72F or higher) for at least 1 week. The longer you leave them, the better they taste and more probiotic rich they become!

Using a culture starter:

  • To make a batch of sauerkraut, a starter is not absolutely necessary. The natural sugars in the veggies will help break it down and render a batch of probiotic goodness. However, if you want to ensure you get a vigorous fermentation, you can dissolve a package of this high quality starter culture in 1/4 cup of warm water (90F). Add a small amount of sugar to feed the starter (ie. cane sugar, honey) and let it sit for 20 minutes or longer to activate. Add this to the brine.
  • Consume 1/4 to 1/2 cup at meals to aid in digestion, or on its own for more therapeutic benefits.
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Derek Henry

Derek Henry, Founder of Healing the Body and the THRIVE Academy, used nutrition, supplementation, and a holistic lifestyle to naturally unravel 13 chronic disease conditions that conventional or alternative medical professionals couldn't help him resolve. As a result of this one-in-a-million health transformation and the knowledge acquired in the process, he now educates, coaches, and inspires others to transform their health through a natural and holistic approach. Since 2014, he has helped his THRIVE Academy participants heal over 20 different chronic disease conditions, primarily related to digestive and autoimmune concerns.

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