I have gotten away from writing about food here. I’m not sure why. I love food. I love talking about food. I like watching TV shows about food. I love eating food. I don’t even really mind grocery shopping.
Today I want to talk about a food that you probably don’t spend too much time thinking about. Sauerkraut is an unsung hero people. Stop laughing! It really is! For example, did you know that sauerkraut cam boost your immune system? it totally can. During the fermentation process (and you probably didn’t even know kraut was fermented, did you?) phytochemicals are created that help your immune system work better.
Kraut can fight cancer. It can’t cure cancer, but numerous studies have shown that this Superfood is a cancer inhibitor. Not too shabby for a little fermented cabbage.
That’s not all sauerkraut can be used as a digestive aid and it is loaded with vitamin C and healthy bacterias.
If you are thinking, cool then, I’ll eat a lot of bratwurst and hotdogs, I want to come over, but there is so much more than that that you can do with sauerkraut. Chef Spike Mendlesohn (Remember him from Top Chef? And that one time I did the running man at the food bank? Mercifully, that video has been removed by the user so you will be forced to imagine my dance skills.) did an event in DC where local chefs created new dishes using kraut in very different ways.
You know what? I’ll let you listen to him talk about it.
I went to his Good Stuff Eatery in Capitol Hill (there are now three locations and more coming) to interview Chef Spike about sauerkraut. He was a great sport, even when I asked him inane questions.
Okay now for the contest part. Watch this video where the chefs talk about their kraut dishes and leave me a comment telling me which dish you would vote for and you can win a Kraut Rocks prize pack that includes t-shirts, mugs, steins restaurant gift cards, and coupons for free sauerkraut. I will draw the winner randomly on September 18th so make sure you leave an e-mail address so I can notify the winner.
Go forth. Vote. Win. Eat more sauerkraut.
D.C. locals, don’t forget to check out Spike’s new restaurant Bearnaise this fall.
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Disclaimer: I am working with Sway Group and Kraut Rocks and being compensated for my work, but these words and stories are my own. The Kraut Rocks prize pack will be provided by and shipped from Kraut Rocks.