You can store sauerkraut for several months in the refrigerator without any further processing. If you want to store it longer, or if you don’t want to take up a large space with several jars of kraut, you will want to can it using the water bath canning method.
You can process your sauerkraut in a water bath canner using one of two methods:
- Hot pack – Bring kraut and liquid slowly to a boil in a large kettle, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and fill jars rather firmly with kraut and juices, leaving 1/2-inch headspace.
- Raw pack – Fill jars firmly with kraut and cover with juices, leaving 1/2-inch headspace.
Adjust lids and process according to the chart.
|Recommended process time for Sauerkraut in a boiling-water canner.|
|Process Time at Altitudes of|
|Style of Pack||Jar Size||0 – 1,000 ft||1,001 – 3,000 ft||3,001 – 6,000 ft||Above 6,000 ft|