A Sauerkraut Pounder is important to break down the structure of the cabbage (or other vegetables), it also comes in mighty handy when packing your veggies into a glass jar.
Breaking down the structure of the cabbage (or other vegetables) through “pounding” is an important step before packing the vegetables into your fermenting jar. This helps to release the juice from the vegetables, break down the structure of the cabbage (so the bacteria can more easily feed on the carbohydrates) and it helps to mix in the salt thoroughly. A sauerkraut pounder is also mighty useful when packing your veggies into a glass jar. This pounder is made from Queensland wood (either Silky Oak, Red River Gum, or Iron Bark). Each pounder is hand made and unique, no two are the same.
During our early sauerkraut crafting days, we resorted to rolling pins, glass jars and other kitchen items to pound our veggies. None of them worked well. That’s where our dream of finding the perfect pounder began. We had to get it crafted just right, especially as we have no skills in wood working. It’s important to us to use local and sustainable timber, anything imported is out of the question. We also wanted to personally witness the process of the pounders being made.
Our quest to the perfect sauerkraut pounder became a reality when we found a local wood turner. He was happy to give it a go even though the only specifications we could provide him were contains in a pencil sketch. Imagine how thrilled we were when we found out that he only sources his wood from local Queensland properties.
These sauerkraut pounders are made from either: Silky Oak, Red River Gum or Iron Bark. When you purchase this you can request any of the three wood varieties and we will include that selection if we have it in stock. If you don’t tell us your preference we’ll select a pounder for you.
You can also buy this pounder as part of a whole fermentation kit here.
|Dimensions||8 × 8 × 20 cm|