No, I was not asked to review this product. I just love it so much I couldn’t help myself. Does that make it a comprehensive review, not sure, but I don’t care.
A few weeks ago I met up with a friend at one of Austin’s local farmers markets. My agenda: to hang out with my friend and buy eggs. That was it.
I think we walked up and down that farmers market like five times. (Just a note of caution: walking up and down farmers markets like five times can be quite damaging to your farmers market budgeting.) It’s January so many vendors were selling some beautiful heads of cabbage. It made me jealous as my cabbage is in a sad state…this is what my cabbage looks like right now:
The more we walked back and forth the more I thought I needed to buy one of those heads of cabbage and make some sauerkraut. No I have never made sauerkraut, but how hard could it be? I’m German. It should be like second nature or something.
But I kept a good hold on my self-control and kept walking passed the cabbage.
And then something caught my eye…already-made sauerkraut by Straight from the Vine! Seriously, this was perfect. Forget my budget, forget trying to make something homemade. I had to have this jar.
I picked out a jar of their lemon garlic dill raw sauerkraut. Seriously—lemon, garlic, and dill—just all of my favorite things!
Of course, then I had to also buy some sausage, coffee, a maple vegan donut, and I couldn’t forget those eggs. After all was said and done, and my budget completely blown, I said farewell to my friend and headed home.
When I got home I wasn’t patient enough to wait for the sausage to thaw (yes, it was frozen) to try out some of the delicious-sounding sauerkraut. So I whipped out some tortillas, smeared on some cream cheese, dished out some sauerkraut, sprinkled on some swiss cheese, and made myself a quesadilla. Yes that’s right, I made myself a sauerkraut quesadilla.
And it was delicious.
First of all, this sauerkraut tastes ridiculously fresh. And the added lemon, garlic, and dill made it a party in my mouth. Hands down the best sauerkraut I have had.
Straight from the Vine starts with fresh, organic cabbage and does not heat or add vinegar to create their sauerkraut (like many commercial sauerkraut makers do). They only add some sea salt and as they say, “we let nature work her magic.” This “magic” is actually called lacto-fermentation.
Lacto-fermentation produces beneficial enzymes and antibiotic and anti-carcinogenic substances that help with digestion and provide a nice boost to your immune system. If you are interested in learning more about lacto-fermentation, here is a brief article with some more details: Lacto-fermentation – How It Works.
Not only does this sauerkraut from Straight from the Vine taste ridiculously amazing, it is also ridiculously good for you! My husband and I have become quite inventive with what we add this sauerkraut to…we seriously can’t get enough!
And if lemon, garlic, or dill are not your thing, they also have other flavors like kimchi, habanero pepper, or just straight-up regular sauerkraut. I also recall that they had some seasonal flavors like apple with fennel at the farmers market as well. I know I am looking forward to trying more of their flavors…and you should be too.
Right now their sauerkraut is only available locally in Austin and Houston, but it looks like they have hopes to grow. So I would definitely check back on their website to see where they are headed to next.
If you happen to live in Austin go out today and buy your own jar. You wont regret it…it’s sauerkraut heaven.
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