Inside Scoop: If you love kraut as much as we do you’ll appreciate this incredibly simple anti-inflammatory pear and pineapple sauerkraut.
We’ve bought a LOT of packaged sauerkraut. There are so many amazing brands out there that contain the beneficial bacteria and are loaded with delicious ingredients and flavours. As a matter of fact, we’re kind of obsessed with sauerkraut brands and will always be on the hunt.
But, if you eat sauerkraut at the rate that we do, then you might find your kraut habit is becoming a bit expensive. We can plow through a small jar in a couple days, and since we’re loading it on so many of our meals, in our households sauerkraut goes fast!
Did you know that sauerkraut is incredibly simple and cheap to make?
When we say incredibly, we really mean it too (it’s our goal to life a simple life you know). The art of fermentation really just requires a few simple steps like brine, cabbage, and a few days before you have a gut loving superfood that makes the perfect salad topper, egg side dish, meat condiment or taco Tuesday add in.
And it’s incredibly good for you!
What This Pineapple Sauerkraut Will Do For Your Health
We could’ve given you a recipe for traditional sauerkraut, with just cabbage and brine. Or, added a few caraway seeds or dill. But, we really wanted to create something that was savoury with a hint of sweet and loaded with nutritional value. So, adding fruit and anti-inflammatory herbs or spices to your sauerkraut can really take it up a notch without taking too much extra time.
That’s where the Anti-inflammatory Pear & Pineapple Sauerkraut comes in. Combining cabbage, pear, pineapple, turmeric and ginger, this sauerkraut will really designed for you and your health.
The Gut Loving Benefits Of This Anti-Inflammatory Pear & Pineapple Sauerkraut
It’s made with Sulphur rich cabbage. Sulphur is anti-microbial (so it is a great mineral for fighting infections), and it makes our skin and hair bright and healthy. The sulphur rich cabbage in this pineapple sauerkraut can help fight infections and is said to help heal ulcers.
It’s Anti-inflammatory. Probiotics from the fermentation process help fight inflammation. Those little beneficial bacteria work away at detoxifying and fighting the bad guys, like yeast and fungus. But, for this pineapple sauerkraut we also added turmeric, ginger and of course, pineapple to enhance the anti-inflammatory properties it already has.
Rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium, which is a great formula for healthy bones. These 3 minerals help protect bones from degradation and early onset of osteoporosis.
A Note On Fermentation
When you ferment the foods you eat you increase the bioavailability of nutrients, meaning what was good for you is now even better for you. Not only does the fermentation of this food make it wonderful for your health, it also provides your internal ecosystem with some beneficial bacteria, helping the good kind of gut bacteria flourish. All in all, this food makes things run a lot smoother.
Fermented foods, like sauerkraut, are great for your internal ecosystem and we love applying them into our daily diet for optimal health. There is a world of amazing pre and probiotic rich foods out there, it’s just a matter of knowing what foods to eat to create a happy belly. That’s why we created this list of our favourite 25 Gut Loving Foods. Download your list so you can start implementing these gut loving foods into your diet today. Download 25 Gut Loving foods here:
And, if you think that we would write an entire article on the anti-inflammatory and gut loving benefits of this pineapple sauerkraut without actually talking about pineapple, well, we’re just glad you’ve read this far.
Pineapple contains something called bromelain which is a protein digesting enzyme. The bromelain found in pineapples not only has been used to treat inflammation, but is also great for digestion, and we love a good gut loving pineapple recipe. Just check out our incredibly delicious Pina Colada Chia Pudding recipe, which is loaded with gut loving ingredients like pineapple and chia seeds.
What are your thoughts on this sauerkraut? Make sure you comment below if you’ve tried it!
Anti-inflammatory Pear & Pineapple Sauerkraut
- 1 head napa cabbage
- 1 Pineapple ;roughly chopped
- 2 Pears julienned; any pear will do; or even apples will work
- 2 Tbsp ginger fresh grated
- 2 Tbsp turmeric fresh grated or 1 Tbsp turmeric powder
- 1.5 Tbsp sea salt
- 1 Tbsp lime juice
- 2 cups warm water purified is best
- 2 Large mason jars; or 1 half gallon mason jar
- Chop the cabbage into shreds, or place in food processor. Place in large bowl.
- Add the chopped pineapple, pear and ginger and turmeric to the bowl.
- Add in 1 Tbsp of salt, and massage the cabbage bowl for a few minutes until the cabbage softens. *See note below
- Set bowl aside for 15-20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, add remaining salt (1/2 Tbsp) to 2 cups of warm water along with the lime and stir until salt is dissolved.
- Add the cabbage to your mason jars, and pack down as tight as you can with a spoon.
- Pour the brine over the cabbage in the jars, leaving 1” of space at the top.
- Place lid on loosely so that gas can escape.
- Leave on counter for up to a week. Make sure it is in a cool spot.
- Then place in the fridge after a week, it should be fermented at this point.
*The turmeric will stain your hands orange, so if you want to avoid the stain you can add it after you let the cabbage rest for 20 minutes.