Sauerkraut (/ˈsaʊ.ərkraʊt/) – raw cabbage that has been finely cut and fermented. This is a German word which literally means “sour cabbage.”
Jerky – dehydrated lean trimmed meat strips.
We know of sauerkraut; we know of jerkies. But a sauerjerky?
Sauerjerkies are the latest variation in the vegetable jerky segment, which in its simplest sense, are dried fermented vegetables. They are made of vegetables that are tossed with herbs, spices, and sea salt. They will then go through a traditional lacto-fermentation process for up to a month. The sauerkraut will then be dehydrated for more than 20 hours.
- Jerkies have become a favorite snack for travelers, hikers, athletes, and even the health-conscious. From being the process used to preserve meat, now even fruits and vegetables are being made into jerkies. There is pineapple jerky, eggplant jerky, mushroom jerky, beet jerky… your creativity is the limit.
- It was in 1776 when the word sauerkraut was first mentioned in the American English Dictionary.
- Sauerkraut can be likened to the Korean kimchi.
- The name sauerkraut was from the Germans, but it was the Chinese who invented this dish. In Ancient China, the slaves who were building the Great Wall of China lived on cabbage and rice. During winter, they preserved the cabbage with rice wine. The Tartars brought the concept of sauerkraut to Europe. But they used salt instead of rice wine, to help the bacteria in the cabbage to turn the natural sugars to lactic acid.
- Cabbage is derived from the French word “caboche” and it is said to be one of the oldest vegetables known, having been cultivated for over 4,000 years.
Saurjerky Buying Guide
Sauerjerky is currently available online. It is being sold in 2oz servings and is offered in 3 flavors: beatnik, kare (or curry), and pickle.
Saurjerky Production & Farming in Texas
Texan bred! Sauerjerky is the brainchild of an artisan food vendor from Smithville, Texas which specializes in natural probiotics and vegan products.
Preservatives, Additives, and Chemicals
These sauerjerkies are through and through organic, all ingredients are natural and without any additives or preservatives. Even their curry-flavored variation is made to be without the usual hydrogenated or GMO oils or MSG. They developed their recipe of the Japanese curry sauerkraut that captured the flavor, but without any of the artificial add-ons.
The sauerjerky is made to be eaten as a healthy snack option and as an alternative to junk food. It is versatile enough that can be eaten at any time of the day and can be added as a garnish or side dish to stews, soups, salads or sandwiches. The sauerkraut can also be an energy booster, and a good source of vitamin B, probiotics and can aid in digestion, reduce inflammation and can help improve gut health.