The Art of Fermentation: How to Make Kraut

With Sandor Ellix Katz

Raba bar Samuel said in the name of Rabbi Hiyya:  One is not permitted to break bread before salt or pickled vegetables are placed before each person at the table.

Babylonian Talmud 
6th Century


Importance of Fermentation

Fermentation is more than just a preservation technique.  It is a dance with micro-organisms that enables us to eat delicious, healthy, locally grown foods throughout the entire year.  It is a practice that has been going on for millennia and is a crucial component of a sustainable food system.  This how-to video featuring fermentation revivalist Sandor Ellix Katz shows the viewer how to make a basic wild fermented sauerkraut.  

Sandor also shares some bigger picture thoughts about the importance of fermentation.  "The practice of fermentation involves collaboration with invisible forces. When you stir your mead or sourdough over several days to incorporate wild yeasts into it, it is largely an act of faith. …. Tuning in to the importance of microbial life and learning to work with it increases reverence for life in general, invisible forces in our lives, and the dynamics of transformation."


Downloads & Links

Check out these resources to learn more about the art of fermentation.


Get a Handmade
Ceramic Crock

Make Your Own Kraut

Jewish Sources


Meet Sandor


Check out Sandor Katz's website for loads of fermentation related info.

Check out Sandor Katz's website for loads of fermentation related info.