I can remember as a kid going down in the basement and grabbing a handful of sauerkraut from the large crock in the winter storage area. It was cold and brimy and really tasted good. I could only eat a small amount and was very careful to re-arrange the sauerkraut so that I wouldn’t be caught pinching my granderfathers pride and joy—his homemade sauerkraut. I might also add he was Pennsylvania Dutch (actually German) and if he caught you— you received a swipe on your hinny with his razor strap.
Of course as the sauerkraut cured it got better and better and you hoped and prayed Grandfather was taking a long snooze. Now folks eat sauerkraut on hot dogs, have sauerkraut and pork to celebrate New Years and as a goodluck meal throughout the year. In Spruce Creek, Pennsylvania they serve sauerkraut on Goose Day which is supposed to bring you good luck for the rest of the year.
Isn’t it amazing how foods our parents and granparents took right from the garden and put up in the fruit cellar are still maybe the answer to some of our ills. Over the years the Germans have always incororated saurkraut into one of their main food sources and the Polish even have their own sauerkraut polka. Sauerkraut was carried on fighting vesells to ward off disease and has played an important role in China, Korean, and world history.
WHO WOULD HAVE GUESSED THAT SAUERKRAUT COULD BE THE BREAKTHROUGH FOOD PRODUCT THAT COULD SAVE LIVES AND NATIONS.
Recent studies indicate sauerkraut as a powerful immune booster and has ingredients that are known to fight cancer. With all of the scares of the avian flu (bird flu and viral diseases like sars floatng around it might be a good idea to have some fresh home-made sauerkraut on hand. It could be your first defense against a nasty disease. To get the most health benefits look for fresh sauerkraut in the refigerated sections of natural food stores and barrells in delicatessens.
“Sauerkraut is one of the most famous, and most popular, German foods. It’s finely shredded, fermented (or pickled) white cabbage, and its tangy flavor is used alongside sandwiches, meat and cheeses, and in warm salads and soups.
Health Benefits: Sauerkraut’s benefits are two-fold. First, it’s made of cabbage, which is known to fight cancer, treat peptic ulcers and provides vitamin C, fiber, manganese, vitamin B6 and folate. However, because sauerkraut is fermented, it has added benefits over regular cabbage.
Fermenting produces good bacteria known as probiotics, which produce beneficial enzymes, aid digestion and promote healthy flora in the digestive tract. Fermentation also produces isothiocyanates, compounds that have been shown to prevent cancer growth in test tubes and animals.”—sixwise.com
QUOTE:”Mindfulness is the miracle that can call back in a flash our dispersed mind and restore it to wholeness so that we can live each minute of life.”
——Thich Nhat Hanh
THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: The Orgin of Sauerkraut! “The origins of sauerkraut appear to lie with the building of the Great Wall of China. Cabbage fermented in wine was a staple part of the diet of Chinese laborers working on the wall and they, in turn, passed on the recipe to Mongolian warriors (who, by the way, they were trying to keep out). The Mongolians then took the pickled cabbage with them to Europe. At some point, perhaps after an enterprising German peasant bought the recipe from a marauding Mongol warrior as both sat in an apple orchard and discussed the benefits of trade over warfare, sauerkraut – or sour cabbage – took root in Europe. ” medhunters.com
THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Large sauerkraut crocks! If the economy tanks anymore you can feed the entire neighborhood sauerkraut—and at least have a health advantage.
ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Don’t be a krout eat your sauerkraut. You want excellent health don’t you! Auf Wiedersehen!
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