Saturday Sauerkraut Tasting

Firefly Kitchens kraut varieties. (Photo credit: Craving4more.com).
Firefly Kitchens kraut varieties. (Photo credit: Craving4more.com).

Alright, time to backtrack a few days to my Saturday, which I said I’d recap about today. It was a fantastic day and started with a great workout at Recreate in the morning, part of which was outdoors in the sunny weather. Afterward, I picked up a few things at Food Front Co-op, then came home and made a late breakfast, which I ate outside on the patio. Perfection.

Then, I got cleaned up and went to the sauerkraut tasting at Whole Foods that my friend, Ashley was hosting. Ashley is the healthy foods specialist at the Whole Foods store in the Pearl District in Portland and also the blogger behind Craving4more. She writes beautiful and inspiring posts, and definitely has a way with words. Sometimes, she shares fabulous looking recipes too.

Ashley and her wonderful spread at Whole Foods.
Ashley and her wonderful spread at Whole Foods. (Taken on iPhone)

The tasting incorporated a variety of raw, unpasteurized sauerkraut, many of which were from Firefly Kitchens. There was also different dishes to sample that included sauerkraut as an ingredient. I didn’t know there was going to be so much, and was still full from my late breakfast, but managed to sample a little bit. I sampled some Firefly kraut on its own (varieties included Yin Yang Carrots, Cortido, Caraway, and Ruby Red). They were all wonderful and so different, and they ferment for three months! I especially loved the Yin Yang Carrots, which is fermented carrots with ginger. Lucky for me, Ashley gave me a little bit to take home. The other flavors were delicious as well. I got to take home the remaining jar of Caraway too, as well as another brand of raw kraut that had beets, carrots and cabbage in it! Yum, yum.

Look at all that different kraut! (Taken on iPhone)
Look at all that different kraut! (Taken on iPhone)

As for the recipes, I sampled the pecan pate, ruby red beet and kraut atop of mixed greens (I liked eating this with the pate), roasted butternut squash with an almond butter/kimchi sauce and secret brownies, which incorporated sauerkraut into the recipe. These were raw, of course, so the benefits of the sauerkraut were not lost. These were also surprisingly good and you really don’t notice the kraut. My favorite, by far, was the roasted squash. The sauce was just to die for and not only that, but I am a sucker for squash! There was also a smoothie that had kraut in it, but I didn’t taste it since it was made with store-bought almond milk. I only drink homemade almond milk because it doesn’t have things like guar gum, carrageenan, etc., which I need to stay away from. It got a lot of rave reviews from the other attendees though.

My plate with various kraut samples, pecan pate, ruby red beet and kraut atop of greens, butternut squash with almond butter/kimchi sauce, and a raw secret brownie.
My plate with various kraut samples, pecan pate, ruby red beet and kraut atop of greens, butternut squash with almond butter/kimchi sauce, and a raw secret brownie. (Taken on iPhone)

Ashley has done a couple posts this week about the kraut tasting and recipes, so if you’re interested, please go check out her blog. Specifically, check out this post and this post, and also check back again tomorrow, because it looks like she is going to post more of the recipes.

Additionally, Ashley gave some great ideas for eating kraut. For example, use it on tacos, mix with tuna for a jazzed up tuna salad (egg salad too), roll up into a slice of deli meat, use atop of deviled eggs, mix in smoothies, add to salad, etc. The ideas are really endless, just don’t heat it, so as to not kill the live cultures.

Thanks, Ashley for putting on a great event!

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12 thoughts on “Saturday Sauerkraut Tasting

  1. Naz (@CinnamonEats) April 2, 2013 / 12:46 pm

    I love sauerkraut and those flavours sound delicious! Have you ever made your own? I made it once ages ago but haven’t made any since, so want to start again! Fermented carrots are on my to do list as well 🙂

    • paleoinpdx April 2, 2013 / 3:07 pm

      They were SO delicious, Naz! No, I’ve never made my own. I’ve thought about it, but haven’t bit the bullet. I know it can be pretty smelly, and we have a really small place, so I don’t want to stink it all up!

      • Naz (@CinnamonEats) April 3, 2013 / 12:28 am

        Yeh I hear ya on the smell! Ours is a small place too so I’m hesitant in making it also!

  2. Craving4More April 2, 2013 / 3:13 pm

    Aww…Thanks, Alisa. It was so great to have you there!

    • paleoinpdx April 2, 2013 / 9:43 pm

      Of course 😉 Thanks for inviting me!

  3. GiGi Eats Celebrities April 3, 2013 / 9:18 pm

    Delicious! I am definitely checking out the web site to see what these products are all about! I love sauerkraut! 🙂

  4. Mary Catherine April 4, 2013 / 6:39 am

    I’m so jealous about this event! It must have been such a treat to sample all those fermented options.

    One of these days I’m going to dive in and figure out how to make my own sauerkraut!

    • paleoinpdx April 4, 2013 / 8:56 am

      It was awesome! Hopefully, I’ll get around to making my own sauerkraut sometime too. It’s just so stinky and I have a really small house!

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