At Farmhouse Culture we believe in preserving local, farm-fresh vegetables the old-fashioned way. Lactic acid fermentation, also known as “culturing”, is a time-honored tradition that has been used for centuries to preserve and extend the harvest. Modern cultures have largely abandoned this food craft in favor of canning and refrigeration. We think lactic acid fermentation is a tradition well worth reviving…
As our kraut ferments and ages, it develops complex and nuanced flavors that enhance the taste of “place” where the ingredients were grown or harvested. Canning or freezing may be fast, but the layers of flavor that develop during a slow, natural preserving process like fermentation make every kraut unique. And like an artisanal bread, cheese or wine, these krauts also reflect our individual fermenting style. Good kraut should be crunchy, slightly effervescent and pleasingly sour.
Fermenting vegetables in barrels with a little salt requires no fuel. You can store sauerkraut for more than a year in a root cellar, in a cool dark corner of your home or in your refrigerator.
Sauerkraut is a true raw superfood, high in Vitamin C and full of beneficial pro-biotic enzymes. Naturally fermented raw vegetables are rich in lactic acid, an essential aid to good digestion. In fact, forkful by forkful, you’ll get more vitamins in raw sauerkraut than in plain raw cabbage, since the fermentation process boosts and concentrates vitamin levels and digestibility. Research suggests that raw sauerkraut may also have anti-carcinogenic benefits–benefits that are largely lost when kraut is industrially processed.
Local, Seasonal and Sustainable:
We are committed to using only ingredients that are sustainably and seasonally grown by regional farmers. Supporting local farmers and food artisans goes a long way towards creating vibrant local economies and promoting a healthy planet and happy people.
Sauerkraut is a great convenient, long-lasting natural food to have on hand. Grab a piece of crusty rye bread, a hunk of aged cheddar and add a generous dollop of kraut. Add a glass of your favorite Riesling or beer and you’ve created a healthy quick lunch or satisfying light supper. We take the time so you can enjoy this easy fast food!