How to cook prepackaged sauerkraut

Updated February 21, 2017

Sauerkraut is shredded and fermented cabbage that has a sour taste. The pickled cabbage is typically served as a condiment on hot dogs and bratwurst, and alongside sausage and other pork products. Although you can make homemade sauerkraut, it also comes pre-made in convenient jars, cans and plastic packaging. Serving prepackaged sauerkraut is ideal for days in which you are busy or pressed for time as it only takes a few minutes to warm up.

Open the sauerkraut jar, can or bag and pour the contents into a colander to drain.

Transfer the sauerkraut into a medium-sized saucepan. Cook the sauerkraut over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, or until it is heated all the way through. Stir the sauerkraut with a spoon several times throughout the heating process.

Enhance the sauerkraut's flavour by adding salt, ground black pepper, caraway seeds, chopped white onion or cracked juniper berries, to taste.

Serve the heated sauerkraut on bratwurst or hot dog buns, on a Reuben sandwich, alongside Polish sausage or under cuts of pork.

Things You'll Need

  • Colander
  • Saucepan
  • Spoon
  • Extra ingredients, such as salt, pepper and caraway seeds, to taste
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