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Kwasna Kapusta


Late Ed & Helen & Okonski Ancestors Recipe
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Kwasna Kapusta Dzien
Okonski Ranch
May 30, 2008            


Cabbage Cuttin                                                          Sauerkraut  20 Qts

2009 sauerkraut

Gene Okonski

                        30 Heads Medium size Fresh Cabbage

                        2 Good size Cabbage Cutters

                        Several Paring Knives

                        Several Large Pots & Pans for Scalding Cabbage with boiling water

 (could use 48 qt cooler)

                        Couple wood cutting boards

                        Salt, Muscadine Green Grapes, Dill

                        Clean Quart and/or Pint Jars and  New Lids/Rings

Pick or find some good looking cabbage.  Cut off ends and cut out any damaged spots.

Shred all the cabbage.  Cut up any large leaves with pairing knives on wood cutting boards.

Place shredded cabbage in pot or pans and put 1 Tablespoon salt in cabbage.

Mix and pound on it until little wilted. 

Have boiling water ready

Pour boiling water over prepared cabbage until covered

Let stand 10 minutes or longer

Dip jars in hot water and dip dill and green grapes in hot water

Place cabbage in hot jars and add dill and green grapes to bottom, middle, and top

Everything needs to be hot at all times.

Slightly pack jars or just shake cabbage down

Pour salted boiling water into jars of kraut.

Make sure all jars of kraut have boiling water from bottom to top 

Seal jars with hot lids and rings

Place jars for 2 to 3 weeks in safe and somewhat normal temperature place.

Jar lids should have bubble in center initially and will pop and become flat if sealed

Some people relax and count the popping noises to see if all jars have sealed

If a jar continues to pop, you may have to dispose since lid did not seal properly

Ready to Eat after 2 to 3 Weeks

Puncture hole in lid to let pressure release before opening jar

Sauerkraut Goes Great with:

1.      Polish Sausage, Black-Eyed Peas

2.      Pork Ribs, Homemade Dumplings, Black-Eyed Peas

3.      Hot Dog or Polish Sausage Wrap Arounds

4.      Fried Round Steak, Gravy, Homemade Bread

Let us know your favorite Sauerkraut meals.

Kwasna Kapusta Dzien

Okonski Ranch


May 30, 2008


                                                      Cabbage in Garden 


Cabbage Cutter                                                                          Cabbage and Cutter Setup
Early 1900ís


Scalded Cabbage                                                                   Sauerkraut Process Line
                                                                                                     Helen, Mary Ann, Ed, Larry


Helen and Larry Stuffing Jars                                                          Larry Stuffing Dill & Grapes

Relax & Listen for Popping Lids

Mary Ann, Ed, Dolores, Larry, Gene

Dry Bean Saloon  May 31, 2008



May 30, 2009  Kwassna Kapusta Dzien  -- Sauerkraut Day

                                                     Helen, Mary Ann, and Jack Cutting Cabbage

                   Gene Cutting Cabbage                                                            Dill    

Mary Ann and Helen  w Muscadine Green Grapes                  Shredded Cabbage in Solution

                                         Dill                                                                     Jack Cutting Dill

  Helen & Mary Ann w Stove and Juice                              Helen Stuffing Dill and Grapes

Jack with Shredded Cabbage                                             Jack, Helen, Mary Ann Stuffing 
                                                                                                    on Fresh Home-cooked Vegetables