wheat-free

Beginner's Kraut

By: Co+op, stronger together

Total Time:  7 days; 1 hour active

Servings: makes 4 about quarts, 64 servings

Sauerkraut is really easy to make and once you've made your own delicious batch, you'll find so many ways to incorporate it into your meals. The amount of salt in kraut is flexible—the more you put in, the longer it takes to fully ferment, so after you make it once or twice, you can play with reducing it, if you want to make the process go faster.

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds green cabbage

  • 2 large carrots

  • 2 tablespoons sea salt (not iodized)

  • Kraut juice from another batch of live fermented kraut, optional

Equipment

  • Ceramic crock or cylindrical food grade plastic or glass container

  • Plate or non-reactive pan that can fit inside the above and reach the edges

Preparation

  1. You'll need a ceramic crock or a food-grade plastic or glass container that can hold two gallons (a cylindrical shape works best). The kraut will shrink as it ferments.

  2. Using a sharp knife, a food processor fitted with the slicing blade, or a vegetable slicer, thinly slice the cabbage. As you slice, transfer the cabbage to a large bowl, sprinkling salt on each addition. Shred the carrots, and add them, sprinkling with the salt. Using clean hands, knead and squeeze the cabbage and carrots to mix them and break them down as much as possible. Take handfuls and pack them in the crock, pressing down with your fists or the bottom of a clean bottle. Pack all the cabbage and carrots in the crock.

  3. Once the shredded veggies are packed in it, press them down and cover them with a plate or round non-reactive pan that can fit inside the crock or container, but which covers the contents and reaches to the edges of the container. On top of the plate you will need to place a weight, like a gallon jug, or a large bowl filled with cans of food. Then, place a cloth or towel over the crock or container opening.

  4. Place the crock in an out-of-the-way place. If the area is warm, the kraut will ferment more quickly; if it's cooler, the process will take longer. Check on the kraut and press the plate down every few hours, until the cabbage has given off enough liquid to submerge the vegetables. If there is not enough liquid to completely cover the cabbage and carrots within 24 hours, mix a teaspoon of salt with a cup of water and pour it over the vegetables, repeating until they are covered.

  5. Leave the weight and the cloth on, and check on the fermentation every couple of days. If you see any surface mold, simply scrape it off with a spoon and discard. As long as the vegetables are under the brine, they are fine. Start tasting in about one week. When it reaches your preferred level of tanginess, pack in jars and refrigerate. It will last for a few months.

Tips & Notes 

Variations are endless, add grated ginger, whole spices like caraway, fennel, or chile flakes. Shred other vegetables, including red cabbage, beets, turnips, parsnips, kale, broccoli, etc. Substitute equal weights of other vegetables for some or all of the cabbage.

Nutritional Information

8 calories, 0 g. fat, 0 mg. cholesterol, 243 mg. sodium, 2 g. carbohydrate, 1 g. fiber, 0 g. protein

Posted by permission from StrongerTogether.coop. Recipe by: Robin Asbell. Find more recipes and information about your food and where it comes from at www.strongertogether.coop.

Chipotle Cherry Barbecue Sauce

By: Co+op, stronger together

Total Time: 70 minutes; 10 minutes active

Servings: approximately 12

Why make your own barbecue sauce? This sweet, smoky, spice cherry chipotle barbecue sauce is one mouthwatering reason.   

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cherries, washed and pitted

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons stone-ground mustard

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon smoked sea salt

  • 2/3 cups canned diced tomatoes with chilies

  • 1/4 cup canned chipotle sauce

  • 1/3 cup turbinado sugar

Preparation

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until well combined and transfer to a saucepan. Cook, stirring occasionally, on medium heat for about 60 minutes until sauce is reduced by half, or reaches desired thickness.

Serving Suggestion

Take advantage of in-season fresh cherries and make a double batch of this slightly sweet, slightly spicy sauce. Serve with barbecued chicken, pork or burgers, or drizzle over smoky marinated tofu steaks.

Nutritional Information

40 calories, 1 g. fat, 0 mg. cholesterol, 380 mg. sodium, 9 g. carbohydrate, 0 g. fiber, 0 g. protein

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Nectarine Steak Salad

By: Co+op, stronger together

Total Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4

Fresh, juicy nectarines are a perfect complement to grilled steak and blue cheese in this low-Carb main dish salad. 

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces of steak

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt, divided

  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely-ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • 4 cups mixed greens

  • 2 medium nectarines, pitted and sliced

  • 2 large scallions, slivered

  • 2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled

Preparation

  1. Preheat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat.

  2. Coat the steak with 1/2 tablespoon of the olive oil, then sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Place the steak on the grill or hot pan and don't move it for at least 2 minutes. Grill steak 3 minutes total on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove from heat; let stand 8 minutes. Cut steak diagonally across the grain into thin slices.

  3. While steak rests, combine lemon juice, honey, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add mixed greens and toss to coat. Add nectarines and scallions. Arrange the sliced steak on top of the dressed greens and sprinkle with blue cheese. Serve immediately.

Serving Suggestion

This is a great dish to make with a leftover grilled steak; just take it out of the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature while you prepare the salad. Slice the meat just before serving. Pair with a light red wine like a Pinot Noir or a Beaujolais for a festive late-summer supper.

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Nutritional Information

290 calories, 17 g. fat, 65 mg. cholesterol, 440 mg. sodium, 12 g. carbohydrate, 2 g. fiber, 24 g. protein

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