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Beet and Turmeric Sauerkraut Recipe

While our simple sauerkraut recipe is really simple, so is this one.  There are few more ingredients however.  This sauerkraut goes great with sausage, but also it is amazing with fried eggs.

Prep: 30min

Cook: 3-7 days


  • 1 large head of red green cabbage
  • 1 medium yellow beet (or 1 pear)
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric powder (or 2 tablespoons freshly ground turmeric root)
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar


Cut the cabbage in half and remove 1-2 clean outer leaves.

Chop the head of cabbage finely (you can us a food processor as well).

Grate the 2 carrots and the beet, and add everything to a large mixing bowl along with the turmeric powder and apple cider vinegar.

With your hands mix all the ingredients together and let it sit for about 15 minutes

Squeeze firmly to release some of the juices from the veggies. Pack the mixture tightly into a glass jar (you may need to use 2), leaving a few inches of space from the top.  You will find that there is about 1-2 inches of liquid above the cabbage now.  This is good.

Find your favourite heavy rock (or anything clean and heavy that will fit in the jar) boil it in some water for 5 min and set it in the jar to weigh the cabbage down.

Seal the jar loosely with a plastic lid, or cover with a kitchen towel and a rubber band, and place in a warm spot in the kitchen for 3-7 days. If you are using a plastic lid, you can “burp” the kraut every couple of days by loosening the lid (this will release any built up gasses inside the jar). You know you have a good ferment when you see and hear bubbles within the sauerkraut. A good probiotic-rich sour kraut will have a fizzy taste to it, similar to champagne. Finished sauerkraut will keep in the fridge for several months.

Jess Reynolds
R.Ac, RMT, C.HT, C.Hn

Jess Reynolds is a true jack of all trades, he is a acupuncturist, herbalist, hypnotherapist, nutritionist, researcher, professor and inspirational speaker. With foundations laid in Chinese medicine Jess takes modern western science and research and merges both eastern and western worlds of medicine. He delivers a refreshingly unique perspective on health, that is both rooted in eastern medicine and driven by western medicine. His approach is holistic and understandable.

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