Sweet Garlic Sauerkraut Recipe [Kid Friendly]

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The sweetness of the carrots contrasts nicely with the sharpness of the garlic in this sauerkraut recipe and is sure to please all palates. Many children find this to be their favorite sauerkraut.

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Holly, I just opened my sweet garlic sauerkraut and we are doing summersaults! This sauerkraut is from out of this world!

Plus, I only fermented it for a week! I have additional jars that I made and we are going to let them sit longer and see how they taste different. Thanks for all the tips and the hard work with running this wonderful website! God Bless!!!!!!!!


This post was originally published on September 26, 2014. It was last updated with new information and images on February 8, 2017.

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Notes and Tips to Get You Started on this Sweet Garlic Sauerkraut Recipe

Love Your Garlic?

Too much garlic can turn your sauerkraut bitter. Start with 2-3 small cloves and gradually increase in subsequent batches until you hit upon the desired flavor.

Want to Remove the Garlic Smell from Your Hands?

Many swear by the stainless steel trick. Rub soapy hands on the faucet (and then dry it with a towel). Clean hands, shiny faucet. Me? I just wash my hands immediately with soap and water and it’s fine. But then, I don’t mind the smell of garlic on my hands.

Don’t Go Overboard on the Carrots

If you add too many carrots, the sugar content of your ferment is such that you turn it into a sweet slime. Like with the garlic, start with 2-3 carrots and gradually increase in subsequent batches until you achieve the balance you want. A good rule of thumb to follow for any batch of sauerkraut: 75% cabbage, 25% other ingredients. That would mean no more than 7 ounces (200 grams) of carrots.

Fermenting in Hot Weather?

I wrote this post just for you: 11 Cool Fermentation Tips for Hot Weather.

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Sweet Garlic Sauerkraut Recipe [Kid Friendly!]


Why I love this recipe? When I was doing one of my first sauerkraut demonstrations at a lovely local farm all they had available, outside of cabbage, were carrots and garlic. That's exactly what I used to make my batch of sauerkraut and this flavor quickly became a favorite, especially among children, who love the sweetness that the carrots added. 

For a PDF version of this recipe, including Gourmet Pairing Tips, scroll to the end of this post. 

Course Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Sauerkraut, Snack
Cuisine Fermented, Paleo, Primal, Vegan
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 28 - 1 ounce (30 grams)
Calories 20 kcal
Author Holly Howe

You Will Need


  • 1 medium head fresh green cabbage, 2 ½–3 pounds
  • 2-3 carrots
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) iodine-free salt (fine-grained)


  • Kitchen scale
  • Cutting board and chef’s knife
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Vegetable peeler, grater and measuring spoon
  • 1 quart (liter) wide-mouth canning jar
  • 4 ounce (125 ml) “jelly” canning jar or other "weight"
  • Wide-mouth plastic storage cap, or use the lid and rim that comes with jar


1 SET UP: Gather Supplies and Set Up Scale

  1. Using a scale to make your sauerkraut will ensure that you add the correct amount of salt for a safe fermentation environment.

  2. MyWeigh KD-8000 digital scale review. | makesauerkraut.com
  3. You don’t want to include the weight of your bowl in your measurements, so either zero out the scale (usually done with a button on a digital scale or a knob under the tray on a mechanical scale) or write down the weight of your bowl (tare).

2 CHOP: Prep Your Vegetables and Cabbage

  1. You will need 1¾ pounds (28 ounces, 800 grams) of vegetables and cabbage in your bowl. 

    When making sauerkraut, you first prepare the flavoring ingredients – carrots, ginger, radish, caraway seeds or whatnot – then add sliced cabbage. This allows you to add only as much sliced cabbage as necessary to hit 1¾ pounds on the scale.

  2. Grate carrots, mince garlic and add to bowl. | MakeSauerkraut.com
  3. Peel and grate carrots, mince garlic and place in your bowl. 

    Discard the limp outer leaves of the cabbage, setting aside one of the cleaner ones for use during the SUBMERGE step.

    Quarter, then slice cabbage crosswise into thin ribbons. I leave the core in because I find it helps to hold the layers of cabbage together making the slicing job easier.

    Add sliced cabbage to your bowl until the weight of your vegetables and cabbage is 1¾ pounds (28 ounces, 800 grams).

3 SALT: Create Your Brine

  1. Salt pulls water out of the cabbage and vegetables to create an environment where the good bacteria (mainly lactobacillus) can grow and proliferate and the bad bacteria die off.

  2. Sprinkle with salt and mix well. | MakeSauerkraut.com
  3. Sprinkle vegetables and cabbage with 1 tablespoon of salt and mix well.

    If you want the salt to do some of the work for you, you can leave your salted and well-mixed bowl of cabbage sit for 20-60 minutes. 

    Then, massage the vegetables with strong hands until moist, creating the brine. You should be able to tilt the bowl to the side and see a good-sized puddle of brine, about 2–3 inches in diameter. This process can take anywhere from 2 to 5 minutes.

4 PACK: Pack Mixture into Jar

  1. Now that you have a puddle of brine, it’s time to pack the cabbage mixture into your jar.

  2. Grab handfuls of cabbage mixture and pack into jar. Pour in any extra brine. | MakeSauerkraut.com
  3. Grab handfuls of the salty, juicy cabbage mixture and pack them into your quart-sized wide-mouth canning jar, periodically pressing the mixture down tightly with your fist or a large spoon so that the brine rises above the top of the mixture and no air pockets remain.

    Be sure to leave at least 1 inch of space between the top of the cabbage and the top of the jar. Because we weighed out just the right amount of cabbage to fit in your jar, this should happen automatically.

    Pour any brine left in your mixing bowl into the jar.

    Lastly, wipe down the outside of your jar and posh down any loose bits stuck to the sides of the bowl or the side of your jar.

5 SUBMERGE: Hold Ferment Below Brine

  1. Now make sure your fermenting mixture is in a safe anaerobic (no air) environment. This means that you need to keep the cabbage mixture submerged in the brine while it ferments. 

  2. Place weight in jar and lightly screw lid on. | MakeSauerkraut.com
  3. Floaties Trap. Take that cabbage leaf you saved during the SETUP step. tear it down to just fit in the jar, and place it over the surface of the packed cabbage. Forgot to save a cabbage leaf? No problem. You can fold a narrow piece of parchment paper to size or even cut an old plastic lid to size. 

    To hold the mixture below the brine, place the 4-ounce jelly jar on top of the cabbage leaf, right side up with its lid removed. 

    Lightly (to allow for escape of CO2 gases), screw on the white plastic storage lid.

    I like to label my jars using green or blue painter’s tape and a permanent marker. I note the flavor of sauerkraut I made and the date I started fermenting.

6 FERMENT: Ferment for 1 to 4 Weeks

  1. Time now for the friendly bacteria to do their work while you watch and wait. Can you wait 7 days to taste the tangy crunch?

  2. Jar of sauerkraut in bowl to catch brine. Microbes making bubbles during the first 24 hours. | MakeSauerkraut.com
  3. Place your jar of fermenting sauerkraut in a shallow bowl (to catch the brine that may leak out during the first week of fermentation), out of direct sunlight.

    Should the brine level fall (very unlikely) and remain below the level of the sauerkraut during the first week. 

    For what to expect as your sauerkraut ferments, see SALTY Cabbage to SOUR Sauerkraut: Fermentation Signs to Monitor

    dilute 1 Tbsp of salt in 2 cups of water 

    and pour some of this brine over the sauerkraut (removing the little jar first) until it just covers the mixture. Put the little jar back in, screw the lid on lightly and let the fermentation continue.

    Don’t worry if the brine disappears after the 7- to 10-day mark. By this time, you’ve created a safe environment in which the bacteria that would cause mold or slime has been chased away by the beneficial bacteria produced during the fermentation process.

    You can ferment your sauerkraut for up to 4 weeks. The longer you ferment it, the greater the number and variety of beneficial bacteria that can be produced.

7 STORE: Store in Refrigerator for Up to 1 Year

  1. After fermenting your sauerkraut, it’s ready to go into the refrigerator and ready to be eaten. 

  2. How to make sauerkraut in a jar: 7 easy Steps. | makesauerkraut.com
  3. Rinse off the outside of the jar. You can take the little jar out. Clean the rim if necessary (sometimes it can get sticky from the brine that overflows), and screw the lid back on tightly. 

    Add to your label how long you fermented the contents.

    Enjoy a forkful or two of your sauerkraut with your meals. It will continue to ferment – aging like a fine wine – but at a much slower rate than before. If the flavors are too intense, leave it the jar for a month or two and then eat it. You will be amazed at how the flavors have changed.

    If successfully fermented (tastes and smells good), your sauerkraut can be kept preserved in your refrigerator for up to a year.

Sweet Garlic Sauerkraut Recipe PDF

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Nutrition Facts
Sweet Garlic Sauerkraut Recipe [Kid Friendly!]
Amount Per Serving (57 g)
Calories 20
% Daily Value*
Sodium 330mg 14%
Potassium 100mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 30%
Calcium 2%
Iron 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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29 thoughts on “Sweet Garlic Sauerkraut Recipe [Kid Friendly]”

  1. I have also read to cover the jar with a cheese cloth to allow air flow when starting the fermentation process. What is the difference of these methods?

    • Thanks for the question Amy. Sauerkraut fermentation is an anaerobic – WITHOUT air – process. The lactic-acid bacteria that multiply and preserve the cabbage don’t like oxygen. We need to keep them happy by keeping the air out of the jar, especially at the beginning when they do most of their work.

      Just covering the jar with cheese cloth would allow air in.

      In an aerobic – WITH air – environment, the yeasts present in the ferment can oxidize and prevent healthy fermentation and yummy sauerkraut..

      There are many different methods out there, and as I’ve worked my way through them and as more science has become available, my method has been refined and uses the lid to keep as much air out as possible. Hope this helps.

  2. Hi Holly, I have made 2 batches of carrot, garlic sauerkraut and I have noticed that at day 4, a orange looking fluffy cloud like substance was sitting in the brine above the layer of cabbage I used to hold the smaller bits of cabbage down. It does not break the surface of the brine and is not grey / black mould. Is it the beginning of good bacteria clumping together? Do you need a picture attached?

    • Hello David, My guess it’s from the carrots. I get it at times. I wouldn’t worry about it.

      If you end up with some sliminess to the sauerkraut when done fermenting, you may have used too many carrots. If so, leave it in your fridge for a few weeks and it should balance out. Enjoy!

  3. Holly, I attempted a batch of your sweet garlic sauerkraut and I have a question for you.
    I made a pint of this sauerkraut because I only had enough vegetables for one pint.
    I used 2 cloves of garlic, 1 small green cabbage and 1 shredded carrot, but I used two teaspoons of himalayan salt. Did I use too much salt for my pint of sweet garlic sauerkraut?
    My daughter and I had some of the vegetable mixture that was left over and it was delicious: I can’t wait until it ferments!


  4. Holly, I just opened my sweet garlic sauerkraut and we are doing summersaults! This sauerkraut is from out of this world! Plus, I only fermented it for a week! I have additional jars that I made and we are going to let them sit longer and see how they taste different.
    Thanks for all the tips and the hard work with running this wonderful website!
    God Bless!!!!!!!!

  5. Holly, you mention in your instructions for making Sweet Garlic Sauerkraut to use: “1 medium head fresh green cabbage, 2 ½–3 pounds.”

    So, one cabbage weighing 2 1/2 to 3 pounds produces 2 quarts of SGS, correct?


    • So wonderful to see!!! And, so great to have your daughter involved in the process. Thanks for keeping us all up to date. Inspiring.

      P.S. To turn the picture… right click on it when selecting it to upload and you should see a menu with an option to rotate clockwise or counter-clockwise. At least, that’s how I do it on my PC.

      • It’s a batch of Sweet Garlic and I had a hunch you were going to question that particular jar.
        It really stands out among the other jars, doesn’t it?
        That particular jars cabbage seemed whiter than the other jars cabbages and it’s a bubblin as I finish this response to you, Holly.
        Take care my friend and I’m off to Kroger to purchase more cabbage. They are having a sale on cabbage and It is only 29 cents a pound! ?

      • I’m grateful to you for offering this wonderful website, Holly. You have helped me discover and learn how to ferment awesome, delicious cabbage and me and my family are healthier because of it!

        Thank you,
        Fred Lopiccolo

  6. Thanks so much for the recipe! I had a few failed attempts and was ready to give up. I found your recipe and gave it one more try. Success! I love this sweet garlic kraut and have made plain as well. I am just wondering if I can reduce the salt at all. Could I try using 1/2 Tbsp? Or do I need that amount in order to preserve it? Thanks again!

    • Hello Sarah, Yaa!!! Delicious success. Yes, you can reduce the salt. It’s easiest if you have a gram scale; use 1.5%. With measuring spoons, I think 1/2T would be a bit low. Try one batch with 2 1/2 teaspoons and then one with 2 teaspoons. I haven’t tested to see how low I can go, but the 1.5% is a standard for the low end.

  7. Hi, I have been searching online for sometime trying to find out how much potassium and how much magnesium is in a cup of homemade fermented sauerkraut? Can anyone here point me to that information?

      • Thanks, I have tried those tricks. I am doing this to track my electrolytes for sodium, magnesium and
        potassium. My Fitness Pal does a pretty good job, but not
        always accurate for all foods and it does not track magnesium at all…so I am just
        trying to keep a separate daily log to stay on top of it. Sodium is not
        an issue and pretty easy to get with meals. I can get most of my
        magnesium from food. Potassium is a bit harder. I eat quite a bit of
        fermented foods but have had a hard time finding all the nutritional
        information. My
        daily targets: 300 mg sodium, 400 mg magnesium, and 4700 mg potassium. Cheers and Be Well

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