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Preparing your own Fermented Sauerkraut in Brine at Home

Recipe by Katolen Yardley, Medical Herbalist

There is a huge difference between sauerkraut in vinegar versus prepared in brine. For the numerous health enhancement benefits, prepare sauerkraut fermented in brine (salt water) for the lacto fermentation benefits of lactobacillus and other beneficial bacterial present during the fermentation process (the same beneficial bacteria found in live unsweetened yoghurt).

When cabbage is submerged in brine, the live bacteria converts the natural occurring sugars found in the cabbage into lactic acid, this is a natural preservative that inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria. In addition to preserving the cabbage, fermented sauerkraut in brine promotes digestive health, boosts enzyme and vitamin production and assists the body with digestion.

Preparation Materials

 1 large container for your sauerkraut.  A large glass canning mason jar is the best. Sterilize your jar by placing in boiling water for 10 minutes.  Then dry and cool prior to use.

1 medium cabbage (any type is possible but red is highest in antioxidants)

2 tbsp pickling salt or sea salt

2 tsp soaked and sliced dulse seaweed (optional)

Fennel root chopped

1 celery stock diced

Chopped diced carrot

1 shredded grated beet

1 tablespoon fresh ginger root – diced

1 tablespoon finely diced and sliced white onion

Herbs: caraway, dill, celery seeds, black pepper, turmeric

1 garlic clove diced

Options: You can pick and choose which veggies or spices you add to your recipe depending upon the ingredients you have on hand. You can make sauerkraut with just cabbage and salt, or you can add additional herbs and vegetables for additional flavor and variety.  Jicama and radishes can also be added.

Remove the top layers of the cabbage. Chop cabbage in half and quarters, then chop or grate into thin slices. Cut out the central core and reserve for later use.   Add shredded cabbage in to a bowl, mix in the spices, salt and seaweed. Using your hands- massage the cabbage for 5 minutes until it releases its juices then press cabbage down into a glass mason jar- add in liquid- the liquid should cover the cabbage by 1-2 inches.

 If there is not enough liquid then create your own brine by adding 1 tblsp pickling salt to 2 cups boiled water – stir until salt has dissolved then add into jar.

Once there is enough brine to cover the cabbage, then firmly press down one large cabbage leaf on the top of the mixture and push it down below the brine. If needed, add a weight, a smaller jar or a clean rock to keep the top cabbage leaf secure and below the brine.  **This is an important step to prevent mold on the top of the fermentation.  Cover the mason jar with cheese cloth to allow for air flow or place the lid back on the mason jar however do ensure that the cabbage is below the brine level to ensure proper fermentation of good bacteria and prevent development of mold. Sometimes the fermentation bubbles, so place a saucer under the mason jar to catch the drips.

If you have placed a lid on your fermentation, release the lid (open and close) every 2 days to let the carbon dioxide out of the fermentation. Or if using cheese cloth, ensure that the cabbage is continually below the brine level.

Store at room temperature room for at least 7 days or up to 4 weeks for additional flavor and medicinal properties.

Most people are eager to sample their fermentation so the shorter ferment time is certainly possible.  Continue tasking until you are happy with your creation. After the 3 days there is no minimum fermentation time. Remove the top cabbage leaf.

Refrigerate, placing a lid on your ferment and consume within 30 days.

Trouble shooting: if there is mold on the top cabbage leaf, then the brine has not fully covered the cabbage or there is not enough salt in your brine. Many people feel that simply removing the top leaf and using the cabbage ferment below is okay, however if the mixture tastes yeasty, moldy or looks slimy, then trust your intuition and discard the whole entire creation and start over.

It is normal for red cabbage to lose its color- proceed ahead.

Options for use: Use 1 tablespoon as a condiment and slowly increase to 2-3 tablespoons to prevent gas and bloating. Add to sandwiches, wraps, veggie bowls and salads.

The Art of Herbal Medicine Making

Dive into the art of herbal medicine making and learn how to prepare herbal teas, herbal vinegars, a medicinal salve and infused oil. An instruction booklet will be provided. Learn of the action and medicinal application of herbs used in class for first aid. In this class participants will:

  • learn how to prepare and sample an herbal tea infusion and understand the difference between an infusion and decoction
  • lean how to prepare an infused oil and the various applications for an oil
  • observe the preparation of a herbal salve and take home a small container of medicinal salve
  • prepare and take home a 250ml of medicinal and culinary herbal vinegar

Participants should bring one clean wide mouthed class container (approx 250 or 300ml) with tightly fitting lid, a pen, and a tea cup for sampling tea. Copies of The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies will be available for purchase for $ 25.

About the Instructor

Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) is a medical herbalist and nature knower with over 20 years of clinical and herbal medicine making experience in private practice in Vancouver, BC. She enjoys providing usable tools for optimal health through inspiration and education. She is the author of the “Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies” (August 2016) and current president of the Canadian Herbalist’s Association of British Columbia. She is a clinic supervisor at Dominion Herbal College and adjunct faculty at Boucher Naturopathic College and offers seminars to the general public. Visit www.katolenyardley.com for more information

Date and Time

Saturday, November 2 , 2019 from 9 am – 12:00 pm (3 hours)

Location: Alchemy & Elixir Health Group, Vancouver BC

Cost: $ 95 plus GST

Space is limited- prepayment and pre registration required to save your spot. Email: info@alchemyelixir.com or call 604 683 2298 to pre register. Location address and details will be provided upon registration.

Learning the Basics of Herbal Medicine

Join us for an experiential and informative talk on incorporating herbal medicine into your lifestyle with Katolen Yardley, Medical Herbalist. This talk offers gems for new and seasoned herbalists alike! We will discuss some back-to-nature home remedies and effective herbal medicines (including kitchen vegetables, spices, well known herbal medicines and wild plants) for common family health issues and ways of using herbal medicines in your home for common first aid, topical application and medicinal use.

Gambier Island Herbal Medicine Making 2019

3rd Gambier Island Herbal Medicine Making Retreat with Katolen Yardley, MNIMH

  • Saturday July 13 until Sunday July 14, 2019
    Partake in a 1 full day Medicine Making weekend with an option of camping overnight on an off the grid property.
  • Learn about local medicinal plants through a herb walk in majestic rainforest and meadow land.
  • Take a water taxi to a stunning quiet Island to learn about herbal medicine making.
  • Enjoy the local animals on property and the gorgeous view overlooking Howe Sound.
  • Collect medicinal and garden edibles for salad and sip on forest chai tea throughout the day.
  • Prepare herbal medicine recipes and learn how to incorporate various local plants herbs as foods and medicine.
  • Join Katolen Yardley, Medical Herbalist & host Sharon Brown-Horton for this informative workshop
  • Price Includes: 1 day of teaching from 10 am until after 5 pm
    plus 1 hour botany introduction, herb walk & ocean time option and free time to explore on second day.
  • Day 1: Dive into Medicine Making and learn how to prepare lavender whipped body butter, herbal infused oil, herbal snack (power balls) and wild flower herbal sun infusions, a medicinal lip balm, immune vinegar, herbal honey, wild forest chai. Learn medicinal use of local plants.
  • Day 2: Visit to ocean, meandering on a nature walk, reading and enjoying the serene space, optional 1 hour introduction to botany and plant meditation.
  • Introductory Herb identification & Plant family recognition and Wildcrafting considerations will be covered.
  • There will be an option to purchase Katolen’s recent book The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies for $ 25.
Herbal Medicine Making Weekend  
Date: Saturday July 13 &  return home at end of day OR option to camp overnight Sunday July 14, 2017.  Rain or shine!  
Prepayment required. Space is limited –to reserve now.
1 Full Day Medicine Making: $ 145 + GST
Glamping Accommodation: $ 40
Plus  Water Taxi to island = $ 45 Total: $ 237.25
Email: info@katolenyardley.com      
More information provided upon registration. RSVP and prepayment to assure your spot as space is limited! * Limited space is available for & participants to attend the medicine making class July 13 and camp overnight heading home Sunday July 14 around 4 pm. For more information email: info@katolenyardley.com
Katolen Yardley, MNIMH is a medical herbalist and nature knower with over 20 years of teaching, clinical and medicine making experience. www.katolenyardley.com for more information and our host and Thai Massage Instructor Sharon Brown Horton
Chamomile on Gambier Island

THE ART OF HERBAL MEDICINE MAKING

About this Workshop

Dive into the art of herbal medicine making and learn how to prepare herbal teas, herbal vinegars, a medicinal salve and infused oil. An instruction booklet will be provided. Learn of the action and medicinal application of herbs used in class for first aid. In this class participants will:

  • learn how to prepare and sample an herbal tea infusion and understand the difference between an infusion and decoction
  • lean how to prepare an infused oil and the various applications for an oil
  • observe the preparation of a herbal salve and take home a small container of medicinal salve
  • prepare and take home a 250ml of medicinal and culinary herbal vinegar

Participants should bring one clean wide mouthed class container (approx 250 or 300ml) with tightly fitting lid, a pen, and a tea cup for sampling tea. Copies of The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies will be available for purchase for $ 25.

About the Instructor

Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) is a medical herbalist and nature knower with over 20 years of clinical and herbal medicine making experience in private practice in Vancouver, BC. She enjoys providing usable tools for optimal health through inspiration and education. She is the author of the “Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies” (August 2016) and current president of the Canadian Herbalist’s Association of British Columbia. She is a clinic supervisor at Dominion Herbal College and adjunct faculty at Boucher Naturopathic College and offers seminars to the general public. Visit www.katolenyardley.com for more information

Date and Time

Saturday, April 20 | 9:00am – 12:00 pm (3 hours)

Location

UBC Farm

3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver BC

Cost

$95 ($87 student pricing) + GST

REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP

BASICS OF HERBAL MEDICINE PART 2


About this Workshop

Join us for an experiential and informative talk on incorporating herbal medicine into your lifestyle through learning the energetic of plant medicine. This is a continuation of the learning the basics of herbal medicine talk – and we will be covering different herbs through accessing our senses and taste. This talk offers gems for new and seasoned herbalists alike! We will discuss some back-to-nature home remedies and effective herbal medicines will be an opportunity to ‘sample the flavours’ of some gentle herbs during this talk (so bring a spoon and a drinking mug!). Copies of The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies will be available for purchase for $ 25.

About the Instructor

Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) is a medical herbalist and nature knower with over 20 years of clinical and herbal medicine making experience in private practice in Vancouver, BC. She enjoys providing usable tools for optimal health through inspiration and education. She is the author of the “Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies” (August 2016) and current president of the Canadian Herbalist’s Association of British Columbia. She is a clinic supervisor at Dominion Herbal College and adjunct faculty at Boucher Naturopathic College and offers seminars to the general public. Visit www.katolenyardley.com for more information or join our Facebook page to stay informed of upcoming classes: Katolen Yardley, Medical Herbalist.

Date and Time

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm (2 hours)

Location

UBC Farm

3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver BC

Cost

$29 ($25 student pricing) + GST

REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP

BASICS OF HERBAL MEDICINE PART 1

About this Workshop

Join us for an experiential and informative talk on incorporating herbal medicine into your lifestyle. This talk offers gems for new and seasoned herbalists alike! We will discuss some back-to-nature home remedies and effective herbal medicines (including kitchen vegetables, spices, well known herbal medicines and wild plants) for common family health issues and ways of using herbal medicines in your home for common first aid, topical application and medicinal use. There will be an opportunity to ‘sample the flavours’ of some gentle herbs during this talk (so bring a spoon and drinking mug!). Copies of The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies will be available for purchase.

About the Instructor

Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) is a medical herbalist and nature knower with over 20 years of clinical and herbal medicine making experience in private practice in Vancouver, BC. She enjoys providing usable tools for optimal health through inspiration and education. She is the author of the “Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies” (August 2016) and current president of the Canadian Herbalist’s Association of British Columbia. She is a clinic supervisor at Dominion Herbal College and adjunct faculty at Boucher Naturopathic College and offers seminars to the general public. Visit www.katolenyardley.com for more information.

Date and Time

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm (2 hours)

Location: UBC Farm: 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver BC

Cost: $29 ($25 student pricing) + GST

REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP

Enhance your Food with Herbal Powders

Discover the nutritional and healing benefits of herbs into your diet with herbal powders – finely milled plant material such as leaves, bark, flowers and berries. Learn how to incorporate them into daily meals for your family with delicious recipes! Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) will discuss the benefits of various herbal powders and where you can purchase them. Together we’ll create and sample Herbal Energy Power Balls, Herbal Immune Enhancing Hummus, and Delicious Herbal Fudge Dessert.

Start date: Saturday, April 21 2018.

Schedule: On Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM VanDusen Guides Classroom

Cost: $ 40 ~ Click here to register:

Location: VanDusen  Botanical Gardens Classroom | 5251 Oak St, Vancouver, BC, V6M 4H1

Herbal Medicine for Digestion

This informative talk  offered by Medical Herbalist, Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) will cover information on herbal medicines for digestive health and will discuss how certain herbal medicines can assist digestion through various actions. Explore the benefits of some common spices and carminative (reduces bloating) rich herbs, and learn the effects of bitter and demulcent (anti-inflammatory) herbs.

Participants will sample a digestive tea and demulcent mixture and will take home a small bag of a carminative digestive spice blend.

Start date: Wednesday, March 28 2018.

Time:  7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: VanDusen Botanical Gardens | 5251 Oak St, Vancouver, BC, V6M 4H1

Cost $ 35  Click here: To register:

The Art of Herbal Medicine Making [SOLD OUT]

Ready to take your interest in herbal medicine to the next level and learn how to make your own remedies? Dive into the art of herbal medicine making and learn how to prepare herbal teas, herbal vinegars, a medicinal salve and infused oil in this informative, hands-on workshop with instructor and Medical Herbalist – Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG). An instruction booklet will be provided. Learn the medicinal applications of herbs used in class for first aid.

Participants will:
Learn how to prepare and sample a herbal tea infusion and understand the difference between an infusion and decoction
Learn how to prepare an infused oil and the various applications for an oil
Observe the preparation of a herbal salve and take home a small container of medicinal salve
Prepare and take home 250 ml of medicinal and culinary herbal vinegar
Participants should bring one clean, wide-mouthed glass container (approx 250-300 mL) with tightly fitting lid, a pen, and a mug for sampling tea. Copies of instructor Katolen Yardley’s book, “Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies”, will also be available for purchase for $25.
About the Instructor

Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) is a medical herbalist and nature knower with over 20 years of clinical and herbal medicine making experience in private practice in Vancouver, BC. She enjoys providing people with tools for optimal health through inspiration and education. She is the author of the “Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies” (August 2016) and current president of the Canadian Herbalist’s Association of British Columbia. She is a clinic supervisor at Dominion Herbal College and adjunct faculty at Boucher Naturopathic College and offers seminars to the general public. Visit www.katolenyardley.com for more information.

Location
UBC Farm | 3461 Ross Drive

Date and Time
Saturday, March 3 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (3 hours)

Cost
$69 ($59 for registered students – valid student ID is required) + GST

Click here to register for this workshop.

Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Vancouver Campus
3461 Ross Drive
Tel 604 822 5092
Fax 604 822 6839
Email farm.team@ubc.ca