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Spiced beetroot sauerkraut

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This recipe uses a mandolin to finely shred the vegetables. This makes it quicker to release the water from the vegetables and gives the sauerkraut a beautiful fine texture. The flavours are earthy from the beetroot, sweet and spicy from the cinnamon, fennel, caraway, coriander, pepperberries, ginger and turmeric and crisp and clean from the lemon myrtle and juniper. Lemon myrtle and pepperberries are Australian native ingredients.


Spiced beetroot sauerkraut

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  • ¼ purple cabbage
  • 2 carrots
  • 4 small beetroots
  • 1 small kohlrabi
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon caraway seeds
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • Small knob of unpeeled ginger sliced
  • Small knob of fresh turmeric sliced
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 4 lemon myrtle leaves
  • 1 teaspoon juniper berries
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 pepperberries



Use a mandolin to finely shred the vegetables


Place the shredded vegetables into a large bowl and sprinkle over the salt


Work the salted veggies with your hands until the water escapes and creates a brine – about ten minutes or less if you use the mandolin to finely shred the veggies


Add the spices and mix through the veggies


Add the mixture to your fermenting pot and use the mallet to compress the veggies down


Place the weights on top to hold the veggies underneath the brine


Fill the water seal and leave for 3-7 days to ferment


Decant into clean jars and store in the fridge


Delicious on burgers or wraps or with an omelette or toast – see my recipe for Haloumi sliders with spiced beetroot sauerkraut.


Inspired by the recipe that comes with Andrew Cope’s handmade fermenting pot. I sourced my Herbies spices pepperberries and lemon myrtle from Essential Ingredient Rozelle.

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