Uncle Bill's Sauerkraut With Wine

"I found that this sauerkraut is excellent to use in many dishes. The wine gives it a delicate flavor."
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Ready In:
1hr 20mins
12 quart jars




  • Break away any bad outside leaves and discard.
  • Rinse cabbage under cold running water.
  • Cut cabbage heads into quarters.
  • Do not use cores, discard them after shredding.
  • Finely shred cabbage or slice with a good sharp knife.
  • In a large crock, layer with 2 inches of shredded cabbage.
  • Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of pickling salt.
  • Place sliced pieces of one red pepper over.
  • Repeat layering until all cabbage, salt and red pepper are used up.
  • There should be about 4 layers.
  • Pour water over cabbage.
  • Now pour the wine over cabbage.
  • Place a large plate to cover most of the top surface of the cabbage.
  • Place a 4 to 5 pound clean rock (cleaned and washed and soaked in white vinegar) on top of the plate as a weight.
  • If liquid does not come to the surface, just add a bit more cold water (or wine if you prefer.) Cover top with several layers of cheesecloth and tie with a good string so the cloth does not fall off.
  • Leave cabbage to ferment for 2 to 3 weeks in a warm area (70 F to 75 F) or until it starts to foam around the edges of the plate.
  • Move the crock to a cooler area (about 60 F to 65 F) and continue to ferment for another 2 weeks.
  • At this time, taste to see if the sauerkraut is curing.
  • When it suits your taste, pack the sauerkraut and some liquid into 12 sterilized quart size jars leaving a 1/2" head space.
  • Wipe jar rims clean.
  • Prepare and place lids according to manufacturers instructions.
  • Place screw lids on just finger tight.
  • Process in boiling water in a canner for 25 minutes.
  • Remove jars and allow to cool for 12 hours.
  • Check to see if all jars are sealed.
  • Lids should be concave (curved down).
  • Re-process jars that are not sealed, but remember to change with new lids.
  • Store in a cool, dark place.

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I live in Burnaby, British Columbia. I am retired and have written a cookbook entitled, From Uncle Bill's Kitchen. I am a recipe developer, author, publisher, distributor and a chef. My cookbook is very unique as I have a Nutrient Analysis for each ingredient used in each recipe that shows you the values for Calories, Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. A high-lighted bar shows the values on a per serving basis plus the Fat/Cal%. From Uncle Bill's Kitchen contains tried-and-true, tested, easy to follow reipes for both novice and experienced cooks. You'll find old Russian, Ukrainian, and other ethnic favorites, along with modern West Coast dishes. The Nutrient Analysis will please the health conscious. Uncle Bill's favorite recipes will reward efforts of the most creative cook and provide the family with many tantalizing, healthful meals. I have appeared on 48 various Television Shows in Vancouver, Burnaby, Kelowna and Kamploops, B.C. Canada, as well as in Palm Springs, CA. In Palm Springs, CA, I have been a Guest on the JACKIE OLDEN RADIO SHOW and THE JOEY ENGLISH RADIO SHOW, twice a year since 1998. I also do demo cooking shows at CHAPTERS BOOK STORES, SAVE-ON-FOOD STORES, GALLOWAY'S FOODS, WESTMINSTER PUBLIC QUAY MARKET, and in the U.S. at BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSTORES in Palm Springs, CA, Phoenix and Yuma, AZ. I was in Palm Springs, CA from June 10th to July 14th. 2002 and again appeared twice on the Jackie Olden Show, twice on the Joey English Show and pre-taped a TV COOKING SHOW with Jackie Olden that is aired on TV from Palm Springs, CA to Los Angeles, CA.
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