9 servings (serving size: about 1/2 cup drained sauerkraut)

This simplified version requires little of the labor of traditional kraut. For a more robust result, cut cored cabbage into quarters and slice crosswise into thin strips instead of shredding it.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl. Weigh down cabbage with a smaller bowl filled with cans. Let stand at room temperature 24 hours, tossing occasionally.

Step 2

Bring vinegar and next 4 ingredients (through allspice) to a boil in a large saucepan; reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Cover and let stand at room temperature 24 hours.

Step 3

Rinse cabbage thoroughly under cold water. Drain cabbage; squeeze dry. Place cabbage in large bowl.

Step 4

Strain vinegar mixture through a colander over a bowl; discard solids. Stir 1 cup water and sugar into vinegar; pour over cabbage mixture, pressing down to immerse. Cover and refrigerate 5 days. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 1 week.

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