How to Make Sauerkraut in Mason Jars

So a few months ago, I decided that I wanted to learn how to make sauerkraut in Mason jars. I was tired of paying $9 for a little jar of organic sauerkraut at the food coop. After all, cabbage is really cheap – even organic cabbage – and I have a lot of Mason jars. I was sent The DIY Pantry: 30 Minutes to Healthy, Homemade Food by Kresha Faber for review and as I flipped through it, I realized she uses the same method for her sauerkraut that I do.

How to make sauerkraut in Mason jars

How to Make Sauerkraut in Mason Jars

All that you need to make sauerkraut is cabbage and sea salt. You also need a very large glass jar or sauerkraut crock and some sort of weight for the top.  I used a large Mason jar, a piece of plastic wrap, and a plastic bag filled with water as a weight. Eventually I want to buy my own sauerkraut crock but they are rather expensive.

How to Make Sauerkraut in Mason Jars
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  • 1 large head of organic cabbage
  • several handfuls of sea salt


  1. Shred the cabbage. I used a food processor. Some people like to chop it with a large knife. Whatever works for you is fine.
  2. Start layering in the jar a few inches of shredded cabbage then about a tablespoon or less of sea salt. Press down each layer as you go.
  3. The sea salt draws out the moisture from the cabbage which creates a brine.
  4. Continue until the jar is almost full.
  5. Leave a few inches at the top of the jar. Cover it with a large piece of plastic wrap and press down making sure that the plastic wrap comes out of the top of the jar.
  6. Fill a plastic bag with water and use that to weight down the sauerkraut and keep it under the brine.
  7. Every day, press the sauerkraut down. Every other day, change the plastic wrap.
  8. Taste once a week until it tastes the way you like it. Mine takes about 6-8 weeks.
  9. Divide into smaller jars and store in the refrigerator until you want it. Then start over so you have a new batch.

How to make sauerkraut in Mason jars

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How to make sauerkraut in Mason jars

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  1. Who would have thought it was this easy to make sauerkraut! Saving this for later :)
  2. I had no idea it was so easy!  I'm adding cabbage to my grocery list!
  3. I have never had sauerkraut before, doesn't sound too hard to make! 
  4. Wow I had no idea it was so very easy. Thanks for this I'm going to try it myself! 
  5. Oh wow, is it really that easy?! This, I need to try, thank you!
  6. With the weather warming up, we'll be grilling some hot dogs. I'll have to try this recipe.
  7. I have never made my own sauerkraut but this looks incredibly easy!
  8. My son is going to LOVE this. Sauerkraut is probably his favorite food.
  9. I need to try this in our house.  Hubby is the one who loves sauerkraut and it is rather expensive to purchase.
  10. My dad used to make mom go outside when she ate sauerkraut. She loves it, he couldn't stand the smell. So funny. And still my mom loves Rueben sandwiches.
  11. Wow! I never realized that making sauerkraut at home could be such an easy process! Thanks for breaking it down for us, I really need to try this. My mom would be so impressed with me ;) She loves that!
  12. My husband really loved cabbage. He likes it cooked and raw so I imagine he would like this, too.
  13. I hope this doesnt sound bad, but my mother in law is SO hard to buy for . . and she LOVES sauerkraut because she eats it with the Ukrainian foods she makes.  If I made this for er and tied some pretty ribbons on the jars, she would love me forever! 
  14. This looks really delicious, Ellen! And your photography is getting so good! :) 
  15. Wow, this looks amazing. :) My husband loves it!
  16. I've never tried this only because nobody in my family is a huge fan :(
  17. Wow! This is so easy! We love sauerkraut on our sandwiches!
  18. We enjoy homemade sauerkraut and usually order it from a local church. I always thought about making it, but thought I had to do it on a larger scale. Your success with a mason jar has me thinking, I need to try my own. Thanks!
  19. You know... I had no idea that sauerkraut was cabbage. Duh. LOL Now that you break it down like this, doesn't look too hard at all!
  20. Amy Desrosiers says:
    I have always wanted to make my own fermented veggies, and now that I see how easy it is, I want to even more.
  21. I've never even tried it before. It sounds really easy though, so I should at least taste it!
  22. My paents love sauerkraut. This with their fresh kielbasa - they would be over the moon!
  23. Now this is something my husband would love. He loves sauerkraut.
  24. I love your blog for recipes just like this one! I would love to try yours, but I think I can give this a try. You always make it look so easy.
  25. I had no idea it was so easy to make sauerkraut. My Husband will love this. thank you for making it seem so easy and accessible 
  26. I had no idea it is that easy to make!!!
  27. I didn't use to like sauerkraut, but since moving to Europe I have a new appreciation for it. So yummy with German sausages! I'll have to try this recipe out.
  28. Nicole Dz says:
    We love sauerkraut in our family, well my hubby and I do, the kids not so much. I love it with pierogies and turkey sausage. But when I cook the sauerkraut I add bay leaves, pepper, and mushrooms. SO good.

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