Can I freeze sauerkraut? Many people ask this question on the Internet.
In a nutshell, yes. You can.
In former times, people who lived in the northern regions of Russia and in Siberia, stored their sauerkraut in big wooden barrels. And kept these barrels in the cold. Therefore, they always used frozen fermented cabbage and ate it with the pleasure.
Now some people who have a big amount of sauerkraut freeze their fermented cabbage too. They, of course, do not use wooden barrels and winter frost. They use special freezer bags (or containers for freezing) and deep freezers.
If you want to freeze your sauerkraut, you should follow these steps of freezing.
1. Put sauerkraut in a freezer bag or in a container for freezing. Leave 1-2 inches of free space on the top. When fermented cabbage freezes, it takes up more space.
2. Remove the extra air from your freezer bag and seal it.
3. Put bags with sauerkraut in a deep freezer.
4. Defrost frozen sauerkraut in the fridge.
Fermented cabbage can be stored frozen for 8-12 months.
People who write on the Internet that sauerkraut must not be frozen tried to freeze the wrong cabbage.
What should you do if you have frozen the wrong sauerkraut?
If your sauerkraut is soft and tasteless after thawing do not throw it away. You can use it for cooking any hot dishes with fermented cabbage – for soups or main courses.