You’re so tangy and tart,

So cabbagey smart.


You make me pucker my cheeks,

While cooking, you reek.


With hot dogs, kielbasa, or corned beef,

You reign pungent, supreme.



Filed under Prose & Poetry

23 responses to “Sauerkraut

  1. Esther

    If you really want to drive a non-sauerkraut loving family nuts, try making your own kraut. I think the smell of it fermenting is fine. I’m told I’m crazy. I love the stuff. Hey, Karen, have you eaten sauerkraut relish? Served icy cold, it is a wonderful summer treat.

    • I’ve never made my own, but I’ve smelled it cooking! I’ve never heard of the relish…can you get that in the grocery store?

      • Esther

        No, you can’t get the relish in a store but it is easy enough to make and it keeps a long time in the fridge. Next time I’m downstairs, I’ll get the recipe and print it here.

        • Esther

          This recipe for kraut relish or salad came from an elderly east European friend many years ago. It is great for a summer barbecue but is good any time you want something crisp and tangy to cut the heaviness of a meal.

          1 large can kraut, rinsed if you wish, and drained
          1 cup chopped celery
          1/2 cup chopped green peppers (I usually use part green and part red or orange to give it more color)
          1/2 cup chopped onion

          1 cup (or less) sugar
          1/2 cup cider vinegar

          Dissolve the sugar in the vinegar. I usually heat it to make it dissolve faster and more thoroughly. Mix all the other ingredients together and pour sugar-vinegar mixture over it, chill for several hours to let the flavors blend. This keeps in a covered container for a couple of weeks or so in the fridge.

  2. Karoline Stock

    I like sauerkraut and all of my kids eat it. I guess it’s the German side of us. Cute poem, Karen.

  3. I was raised on sauerkraut and love it. Great ode to sauerkraut!

  4. Oh, my German neighbors here in the Shenandoah Valley would love that. Sauerkraut is a favorite around here. Very funny, Karen. Now I know how you relieve stress 🙂

  5. Audrey Keith

    I’m not a great fan of sauerkraut, but I love the poem.

  6. just had some on a Rueban – Reuben – whatever – sammich! MMMM!

  7. I can almost smell it, Karen!

  8. I’m not a kraut fan, but I am a Karen fan!! 😉

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