In 1768 Captain James Cook of the British Royal Navy set sail on three-year mission. His food stores would remain intentionally well-stocked and among the stores was 7,860 pounds of sauerkraut. At the end of the mission, not a single death was reported to have been due to scurvy.
What was being used by the Brits in the 1700s had already been in use for several centuries (if not longer) by the Asians. Kimchi (one of my all-time fav foods) and other varieties of fermented cabbage were common fare in Asian communities, and considered essential during long winters when fruit was sometimes scarce.
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Raw cabbage has vitamins. Cabbage fermented in nothing more than salt and its own juice, or whatever else might be added to it, like rice wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar, becomes a super-food due to probiotic enhancement that occurs during fermentation.
It's what gives sauerkraut and kimchi its sour scent and taste. It's also a result of what takes it from being regular, healthy food to a super-food. During the process the vitamins it contained begin to multiply along with the good gut bacteria produced during the fermenting.
The list of health benefits that can be derived from fermented cabbage is huge, but I'll keep it at a decently-sized overview of the big guns for you.
You can buy organic sauerkraut with the live cultures for a small bit of coin, but making it yourself is super-easy and even less expensive. It stores easily too.
Another plus to making it yourself is that you'll know for certain it's chemical free. Too, you can make it the way you want, adding your personal preferences to the ingredients.
Caitlin Shoemaker is cookin’ up a storm on YouTube. Her videos are chock-full of excellent recipes. Hope you’ll like the one I’m sharing in this post and if you enjoy it, please consider subscribing to her channel.
Just click on the vid below to see an excellent example of how to make your own great-tasting sauerkraut variations.
Some doctors recommend eating at least a few bites of a fermented food with every meal ... just sayin'. Knowledge is power and apparently, so is sauerkraut!
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