Sauerkraut

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Sauerkraut

You’re so tangy and tart,

So cabbagey smart.

Sauerkraut.

You make me pucker my cheeks,

While cooking, you reek.

Sauerkraut.

With hot dogs, kielbasa, or corned beef,

You reign pungent, supreme.

Sauerkraut!

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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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