What On Earth Is Sauerkraut
March 10, 2018 2:45pm CST
I always like finding cheap bargain foods in shops, and I spotted that a local supermarket was selling very large jars of Sauerkraut off very cheaply. The big glass jar itself will be useful once empty. I assumed that I must have tried Sauerkraut at some time and it was just a variation on Coleslaw. I was rather saddened therefore to find that Sauerkraut tastes vile, akin to string marinated in vinegar, and that my memory of it tasting OK was some kind of false memory syndrome. I’m glad the jar was very cheap, and I expect the horrible contents are a clue as to why. Arthur Chappell
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Thanks for thinking of me! But I must disappoint you. I'm not a sauerkraut expert. I ate it occasionally when I still lived at home but haven't prepared it for a long time. A reason may be that my husband is Italian and sauerkraut is not on his radar. Besides, he claims that sour things are not good for his stomach.
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• United States
@MALUSE I enjoy hearing more about you. German & Italian family. Did you ever make cabbage rolls in your past? I make them, and then layer them with sauerkraut, tomatoes, and other secret ingredients, and cook them atop the stove. Learned to make them from a woman who was 1/2 German/1/2 Polish that we knew when I was a child.
• United States
Sauerkraut is a fermented food. It is supposed to be good for you. I use it in some dishes, especially pork dishes. It is part of an authentic Reuben sandwich as well. I am big on jars, myself and have quite the collection. My most interesting at this time had "marinated" (spiced and pickled) asparagus. That was not my favorite, but the jar is awesome.
• Derry, Northern Ireland
Sauerkraut can be an acquired taste. Krautsalat, on the other hand, is refreshing and tasty on a hot day (a bit like cloleslaw without the mayonnaise or carrots!):
• Corsham, England
There are very few foods I won't eat but sauerkraut is one of them. My partner's mother is Austrian and it's very popular over there. He was always saying how delicious it was and to be polite I had some but every mouthful turned my stomach. I thought it was vile.
• Pamplona, Spain
I love coleslaw but I have never liked that stuff whatever you call it Sauerkraut. I like pickled things like cabbage and beetroot but not that other things. Never mind the jar like you said will come in handy for a good many things.
" kraut " is a derogatory word used to call German soldiers during WWI and WWII, I heard it often in the old 60's tv series " Combat" without really understanding what it meant and only later did I find out it was "cabbage". I searched Wikipedia and found out that the root word of the derogatory remark was sauer kraut. I don't know if this is somehow related to the taste. I posted this as a source of information and in no way intended as an insult to anyone or to open up old wounds that have long healed.