Beet and Turmeric Sauerkraut

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Beet and Turmeric Sauerkraut | Reclaiming Yesterday  

[I made this probiotic-rich Beet and Turmeric Sauerkraut for Earth Fare!]

It’s resolution season! 

When the New Year comes and we all get focused on eating better, it’s usually about removing foods–or eating less of them. But it’s also important to think about what foods we can add to our diet to improve our health. Homemade, traditional sauerkraut (and fermented foods in general) should definitely be something we get more of! 

Fermented foods have become trendy in the health food scene, but our ancestors were eating them thousands of years before us. They did it to preserve food before the nifty invention of refrigerators, but it turns out there are a TON of health benefits from traditionally fermented foods, like sauerkraut and yogurt

Fermenting not only extends the shelf life of food, it makes the food more nutritious for us to eat

Fermentation starts the process of breaking food down, so our bodies can use the nutrients more easily. The process of fermentation also creates thousands of health giving probiotics—the good bacteria we need to stay healthy! 

Adding fermented, probiotic-rich foods like this Beet and Turmeric sauerkraut in your diet can help:

  • Improve digestive and immune health
  • Aid in detox and metabolism
  • Balance hormones and reduce the risk of mood disorders
  • Lower the risk of cancer and brain disorders
  • Reduce inflammation and allergies

I like adding turmeric to my sauerkraut to bump up the anti-inflammatory benefits—and because it gives it such a bright and sunny look! (Side Note: You can use ground turmeric for convenience, but I actually prefer using fresh turmeric root in this recipe) 

Beet and Turmeric Sauerkraut | Reclaiming Yesterday

The golden beet adds great color and a slight sweetness (plus extra detox power) but you can easily swap it out for an apple or a pear. I do the pear version a lot, and it’s what I like to add to homemade Kimchi (a spicy Korean fermented cabbage). 

The great part about making your own sauerkraut (besides the health benefits) is it’s so cheap! You don’t need any fancy equipment—a glass container like a mason jar is fine. One suggestion though: use a plastic mason jar lid instead of a metal one. (The salt can rust the metal lid)

Once the sauerkraut is ready, you can add it to salads, sandwiches, hot dogs, Buddah bowls…the sky is the limit! Just note that the probiotic power is most potent if the kraut is left unheated. I eat a forkful or two every morning in place of a store bought probiotic supplement. 

Here’s to using delicious food as medicine in 2017!


I had someone tell me their kraut didn’t turn out as planned. Here’s a few tips to ensure the fermentation process goes smoothly: 

  • Use organic produce- pesticides on conventional produce can inhibit healthy bacteria from growing and thriving 
  • Use filtered water- tap water contains chlorine, which can also inhibit healthy bacteria from growing and thriving
  • If you have to add more water, add more salt as well 
  • Really bruise your veggies by squeezing (hard) with your hands as you mix. Go on, let some tension out! 
  • When you open your jar after a few days, stick a fork to sort of stir things around and listen! (like literally put your ear close to the kraut). You should be able to hear it bubbling, which is a good thing!

5 responses to “Beet and Turmeric Sauerkraut”

    • Hi Anna! The short answer is, it doesn’t. But people are a little wary to leave food out on the counter for weeks or months. Personally, I have a tiny kitchen do the refrigerator is actually a good storage solution 😊

    • Hi Nanci! I add just a small amount of apple cider vinegar because I love the flavor and the added health benefits. Raw apple cider vinegar is naturally fermented and I think it only adds to the nutritional benefits of the kraut, rather than taking away from it! 🙂

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