What are we pickling today? Pineapple Ginger Turmeric Sauerkraut

As a kid, I hated sauerkraut, but when you grow up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, you eat it. When I discovered that food traditions in other parts of the state included pierogies and cheesesteaks, I felt slighted, but now, as an adult, I enjoy sauerkraut on the right occasion.

I’m not precisely sure what that will be for this dish, as I’m not sure what to call this mix of flavors. Hawaiian-German fusion?

The day we made it.


Anyway, here is how this pickley magic happens:

You’ll need one clean half gallon glass jar or two 1 quart jars, with lids, a large bowl, a spoon or rubber spatula, a Tbs measuring spoon, a knife and cutting board, and liquid measuring cup. Alternatively, you can eyeball the measurements.

  • Head of cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 – 1 whole pineapple, chunked
  • 1 Tbs fresh ginger (or a healthy squeeze from a tube of minced ginger)
  • 1 Tbs sea salt
  • Another 1 Tbs sea salt
  • 1 Tbs raw cider vinegar
  • 4 cups purified water

Start to finish, this takes about 25 minutes, including 15 minutes of doing nothing on your end.

  1. Combine cabbage, pineapple, 1 Tbs sea salt, and ginger in a bowl. Massage for 5 minutes (Wear gloves if doing this by hand!) to soften. Let rest for 15.
  2. Add turmeric and stir.
  3. Pack into your jar/jars.
  4. Heat 1 cup water and 1 Tbs salt. Once salt has dissolved, add apple cider vinegar and remaining water to make a brine.
  5. Pour brine over cabbage/pineapple mix.
  6. Loosely cover with a lid to allow air to escape. Place on a plate to catch any overflow that may occur. Place in a cool dark place and stir daily or every other day to inhibit mold.

In 4-7 days, enjoy!


4 thoughts on “What are we pickling today? Pineapple Ginger Turmeric Sauerkraut

    1. HAHAHA! I have not learned how to make this one yet. It’s definitely an acquired taste. And I have a hard time convincing myself it is dessert. Not that it isn’t sweet, but that if I eat it, then I don’t get to eat a dessert that isn’t made from prunes.

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