How to cook prepackaged sauerkraut

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How to cook prepackaged sauerkraut
Serve sauerkraut on a hot dog. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

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.

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Things you need

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

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  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

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

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