How To Make Cortido, The Popular Latin American Sauerkraut

21 March 2016 
By: Katrina


  • 1 large green cabbage
  • 1 cup carrots
  • 2 medium onions
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1/2 sachet caldwells starter culture
  • 1/4 cup water


  • Shred the cabbage, grate the carrot and slice the onion very finely
  • In a large bowl, combine cabbage, carrots, onions, oregano, chilli flakes and salt.
  • Massage or lightly pound these ingredients for 5 - 10 minutes until juices are released from the cabbage.
  • In a separate small bowl, combine caldwell starter culture and water. Stir gently and allow to sit for 8 minutes (maximum of 10 minutes).
  • While you are waiting, clean your fermenting jar with very hot soapy with and rinse well.
  • Add starter culture/water mix to your vegetables and combine well.
  • Pack vegetables tightly into your jar and cover with 2 large cabbage leaves, making sure there is enough brine to cover the leaves
  • Seal jar and fill airlock with water.
  • Leave in a cool place out of sunlight for 1 - 2 weeks. 
  • Enjoy as a delicious side to various meat and vegetables dishes.

*If you want to make this in a 5L Crock pot, simply double or triple the recipe :) 

Images: marthastewart . com

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