I met Mrs. P…. she was a sweet elderly lady, many years ago, and so she had to be in her 80’s or 90’s back then but I can’t recall exactly whether she said she was European, Polish, Dutch or German. Anyway I do remember how she had a beautiful home with amazing quilts and carpets. One day she told me of how she missed the old days when they used to have “kraut” and sausages in her country and how amazing the meal was to her that she’d smack her lips together as she told me how easily it was prepared.
So I went home and made it exactly the way she told me how it’s made and “oh boy!” was she right about it’s deliciousness. I am so hooked even today on this incredible recipe. I find myself yearning for some and so I make it at least once or twice a year. I tell you I have fallen for it’s gentle sour taste.
Yes, I am really so glad she shared her past with me along with this amazing recipe which requires so very few and simple ingredients. Most times I’ll serve it along with grilled beef franks or grilled turkey sausage and toasted buns and I always make enough to last for at least two days. It is the easiest and simplest recipe ever. I hope some of you will make some and like it as well.
Mrs. P’s Old Time “Kraut” Recipe
32 oz jar of Eden foods organic sauerkraut (strained)
1 cup of baby carrots (precooked and smashed)
juice from 1 small lemon (or 2 tablespoons of reconstituted lemon juice)
(you could add more lemon juice according to your taste)
1 cup of filtered water
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 potato smasher
1 quart size pot and lid
1. Put all ingredients into a pot together, mix well.
2. Bring to a boil. Then cook on medium to low heat for 10 to 20 minutes.
Serve hot over franks or sausages with toasted buns or on it’s own.