It’s not everyday you meet someone who can talk cultured veggies at length, but that was my good fortune at a conference several months back. I was chit-chatting with Victoria Schneider, a fellow Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who introduced me to a new toolkit for making this nutritional superfood.
Victoria spends much of her time in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico these days, and has teamed up with a women’s co-operative and a wonderful stone carver to make the essential components of my new favorite kitchen gear: the Sauerkraut Kit.
There are three parts:
1) A hand-crafted and specially designed stone “pounder” for pounding your veggies to release the juices. Having tried many a pestle for this task, I can tell you the weight is perfect and it feels so good in your hands.
2) A veggie press for smooshing your veggies down in the jar, bringing up the juices and getting rid of any unwanted air. Picture a small potato-masher that fits in a wide-mouth mason jar. No more squeezing out the juices awkwardly with the back of a spoon.
3) A hand-sewn whey bag for dripping your yogurt to make whey. A quart of yogurt fits perfectly and you don’t have to start on a colander and create some fancy tie set-up to finish the dripping. If I’m speaking Greek to you, just trust me – it makes the process far easier.
Your tools fit conveniently in the whey bag, and comes with a little booklet with tips for making the perfect sauerkraut and several awesome recipes. A total steal for $40 and when you read about the suppliers you’re going to feel extra good about supporting such a great cause.
To your fermented veggie loving health!