Cole Slaw Sauerkraut

Did you know that homemade sauerkraut has the same healthy probiotics than yogurt has? You can make sauerkraut from many vegetables, too. This easy recipe only needs three ingredients to make a healthy, crunchy, homemade sauerkraut, that's great tasting and good for you!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 0

Total Time: needs to ferment at least a day.

Yield: 1 lb.

Source: Mother Earth News



  1. I wash and sterlize a large mason and a smaller jelly jar to put my finished product in first. Let them cool and dry while you work on your kraut.
  2. Pour your bag of slaw into a big bowl. You could also have cut up half of a cabbage finely, if desired. I just had a two for one deal of two bags of slaw so I decided to turn one into homemade kraut. All the precutting into small pieces makes it super easy and faster to ferment too.
  3. Sprinkle in your seeds and add 1/2 teaspoon of salt into the mix.
  4. Use your hands to squeeze, knead and break down the coleslaw fiber. After a few minutes it will start becoming wetter due to the extraction of water from the veggies due to the salt. You want that! It is what will ferment the veggies. I did this for at least 5 to 8 minutes because it's quicker with the pre-cut bags.
  5. I place the veggies into the mason jar and tamped it down with a meat tenderizer so it is covered with its watery juices. You need to have all the veggies covered in the watery liquid.
  6. Some cooks will then cover it with a cabbage leaf first and then weight it down with a smaller jar filled with water to keep the veggies totally under the liquid. I just used the weighted jelly jar. I also place a plastic bag over the top of the mason jar lightly, just so it isn't wide open (not pictured). That's really it.
  7. You will leave it on your counter for the next few days, going in to stir it and push it back down.Since I used the finely cut cole slaw mix, mine was ready to eat by the next day! Normally it takes at least 3 to 5 days (or more for denser veggies like carrot) for that wonderful tangy slaw taste.
  8. Taste it regularly! Once it reaches the tangy taste you like, eat or refrigerate it! Putting it in the refrigerator stops the fermenting process. It's wonderfully easy and an ancient practice that is very interesting to learn about.

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April 4, 20171 found this helpful

Looking forward to making this and this week. It looks so simple. My mother made kraut for years in a big container and then she canned it. It was kept in a "vegetable cellar" for a long, long time.

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July 23, 20180 found this helpful

Do you leave the jar opened while it's fermenting or cover it with the lid or something else?

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October 7, 20180 found this helpful

You put a cover on it loosely. The sauerkraut will build CO2 that needs to be released though.

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November 30, 20181 found this helpful

I've been fermenting for nearly 50 years and have two generations of fermenters before me. This recipe does not work and shouldn't even be used as a guide. 1/2 tsp of salt/pound of slaw doesn't begin to create enough osmotic differential to draw out water nor does it inhibit bacterial growth while allowing "good" bacillus to grow.


At best you have a yucky mold culture, and and worst botulism. Bagged cabbage has so much surface area that it is invariably too dry to make kraut. With only remarkable luck would this make a desirable sauerkraut.

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January 8, 20190 found this helpful

So, not to disparage 50 years of fermenting experience, I'll just say your "... recipe does not work..." is a bit of a bummer, for me that is. I recently (2 days ago) started a sauerkraut ferment process using what this article's author used, that being prepackaged, shredded cabbage. In my case, I added 2+ tsp's of salt to an amount of 'slaw' that was less than what was used here. Other than that, my concoction seems to closely follow all the common sauerkraut making techniques, caveats, etc; the fact that the 'slaw' that is used is prewashed notwithstanding. But hey, it's an experiment so... hope I don't die.

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August 17, 20190 found this helpful

I was hoping to use up a bag of slaw and was excited to find this after reading this review i am not so sure

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August 20, 20190 found this helpful

What would you change to make this work? More salt? more time?


I am interested in trying this, but your comment does not add information, only takes it away. thank you

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