How much sauerkraut should I eat?
If you are completely new to eating sauerkraut/fermented foods, it’s important to start with small amounts to get your digestive system used to this new food. We recommend 1 tablespoon per day with meals for the first week, and then you can gradually increase the amount to your liking.
Do you use a starter culture?
We don’t use a starter culture for several reasons. We like things natural and traditional. All the bacteria needed to start the fermentation process are already present on the vegetables we ferment. Starter cultures are often made artificially in a lab and often need to be shipped from overseas. We are watching our food-miles and try to keep things local.
My jar of kraut smells weird. Is it safe to eat?
Sauerkraut naturally smells sour (the name must have come from somewhere!). Often people take a little while getting used to that ‘pungent’ smell. If your kraut as gone ‘off’ (which is highly unlikely), you will know it. It’ll have a ‘rotten egg’ kind of smell and look slightly brown in colour. Sauerkraut is pretty smart. It’ll tell you clearly when it’s not good to be eaten!
My kraut has gone brown on the surface. Is it safe to eat?
If you notice there is a layer of slightly brown kraut on top of the jar, it is safe to remove that layer to expose the ‘normal’ looking kraut underneath and eat that. The brown colour simply means it has come in contact with the air and oxidised.
When I open the jar there seems to be a lot of pressure (popping sound), and the kraut is bubbling and expanding when I take the lid off. Is it safe to eat?
Yes!!! When it bubbles and fizzes, it’s a very good sign. It only means that there are thousands of bacteria present and alive, ready to be eaten and moved into your digestive tract to get working!
Do you use organic produce?
Yes. All of our products are either certified organic or organically grown (such as herbs that we grow ourselves). We only eat organic and spray-free food and we want to make sure we offer you the same.
How long do you ferment?
Fermentation depends largely on the time of year and climate. During the cooler winter months, we ferment for up to 8-10 weeks. As the weather gets warmer, we shorten this time. During the very hot summer weeks, we often ferment for only 7-10 days.
How long will my kraut keep?
Remember, sauerkraut was partly ‘invented’ out of necessity, as there were no fridges for many years of human existence. Through fermentation, food is preserved naturally, and it’s made to last a long time. As we live in a warmer climate, we recommend keeping your kraut in the fridge where the fermentation will slow down, and it will happily keep for 6-8 months.
Which one of your varieties has the most benefits?
All of our krauts are high in beneficial bacteria and loaded with live enzymes. In that regards they are all equal.
However, we do offer the Earth & Seakraut, which has plenty of ginger and turmeric as well as seaweed. It’s high in minerals and very anti-inflammatory.
The Kim Chi also has lots of ginger as well as chilli and cayenne. It is very good to assist with digestion.
But they all have cabbage, extremely high in Vitamin C, so they are all very good for you.
Can I feed sauerkraut to my baby?
Little babies would obviously struggle with eating some crunchy kraut; however, the sauerkraut juice is an excellent way to introduce fermented foods to your little one as one of the first foods after breast milk. You could simply dip your finger in some kraut juice and offer it to your baby. As it is quite sour, you’ll probably notice some funny faces. But don’t be alarmed! Soon your child will get used to the sour flavour and crave more.
Children often crave only salty and sweet flavours as these foods are common in our society. However, bitter and sour flavours used to play a big role in our diet. If you introduce the sourness of kraut early on, your child will want to eat plenty of kraut as they get older.
Which salt do you use?
We use Celtic Sea Salt from Northern France due to its high mineral content. In general, the salt content is 10%.
Can I cook with the kraut/heat it up?
We don’t recommend heating your kraut, as it destroys the beneficial bacteria and enzymes. It is fine to stir some kraut through a stir-fry once its out of the wok, or add a little kraut to stews and soups once you’ve filled up your bowls.
Of course, if you like the flavour of cooked kraut, go ahead. Just make sure you always have some raw as well.
Try our Probiotic Winter Soup recipe with kraut.
Do you ship your krauts?
We’re very sorry but we have not been able to post our kraut babies successfully. They are very sensitive to temperatures and transport. See our stockist list for where you can buy Alive Foods products. Sign up to our newsletter below to be notified of when we are able to ship our products nationally.
My kraut is slimy! Is it OK to eat?
The slime factor usually happens during summer as this is related to warmer temperatures. But there is absolutely no problem in eating it. The flavour and benefit remain the same.