A small, roadside corner lot turned organic, sustainable suburban farm is triggering many double takes as passersby spot an ironically-placed Cabbage Patch Kid standing watch over Krauted Acres.
She does her job well, as Krauted Kitchen has been turning out some seriously delicious krauts—all of them homegrown and homemade. Each and every one of these krauted concoctions makes your mouth water at the slightest whiff, absolving any hesitations you may have to diving into their four staple krauts:
Red Dragon: Napa Cabbage, Carrot, Daikon Radish, Apple, Green Onion, Garlic, Ginger, Crushed Red Pepper, Himalayan Salt
Krauted Kitchen’s kimchi-like kraut delivers a nice punch of sourness and a sharp tang. The spiciness confronts you head-on—marching straight out and asserting its presence—but is quickly cooled down by refreshing bursts of ginger. Not only does Red Dragon entertain your taste buds, the jar itself is a spectacle to feast your eyes on. Coarsely chopped vegetable slivers are suspended in vivid red juices and scrunched up tightly against waves of Napa cabbage like a psychedelic art display. Some may say it’s inCANdescent.
White Knight: Green Cabbage, White Onion, Cauliflower, Horseradish, Himalayan Salt
White Knight stands up in the name of creativity and rescues Rueben’s everywhere from the mundane. The green cabbage anchoring this kraut is perfectly fermented. It’s soft and tender, but far from soggy. It’s funky, but not so funky that it only caters to an audience of iron-stomached fermentation enthusiasts. The cauliflower adds a rich, buttery flavor, which is perfectly balanced with the reined in pungency of the horseradish. White Knight is a lover, not a fighter.
Royal Purple: Red Cabbage, Purple Carrot, Red Onion, Red Beet, Himalayan Salt
Royal Purple is an unexpected favorite. The bitterness you might expect from red cabbage is tamed into submission by the earthy sweetness from the carrots and beets. There is no absence of tanginess, yet it is like eating candy out of a jar. Not to mention the deep, vibrant, yet translucent color lures you in like a kid to a candy store.
Traditional Sauerkraut: Green Cabbage, Carrot, Himalayan Salt
You will be surprised by how much flavor and depth can come from three simple, mild ingredients. Fresh, bright, and classic, the traditional kraut is great straight up or as a sidekick to any meal. This one is a definite crowd-pleaser, satisfying everyone from traditional German grandparents to picky friends to funk aficionados.
Keep an eye out for Krauted Kitchen’s upcoming batches, which include a revamped Red Dragon with homegrown smoked Korean Chilies and a pepped up Salt and Pepper version of the Traditional Sauerkraut.
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