Sauerkraut consists of fermented shredded cabbage. It generally has a long shelf life, but you can store excess sauerkraut in the freezer if you desire. Freezing the sauerkraut stops the fermentation and it will free up space inside the refrigerator or pantry. Sauerkraut needs stored in the freezer properly to protect it from freezer burn and to prevent the juices from leaking inside the appliance.
Things You'll Need
Plastic freezer bags
Remove the sauerkraut from its bag. Pour it into a large bowl.
Fill plastic freezer bags with the sauerkraut. Leave 3 inches of space at the top of the bags.
Squeeze on the bags to remove the excess air. Seal the freezer bags tightly to prevent any juices from leaking.
Label the bags with a date. Place the sealed bags inside plastic containers.
Place the bags with the containers inside the freezer. Remove the bags from the containers once they freeze completely. The sauerkraut will last for up to 12 months.
Freeze sauerkraut before the expiration date on the package for best results.
Thaw frozen sauerkraut in the refrigerator overnight.
Freezing sauerkraut may alter its taste or texture.
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- North Dakota State University; Let's Preserve Sauerkraut; Gerald D. Kuhn et al.; July 1991
- North Dakota State University; Sauerkraut From Garden to Table; Julie Garden-Robinson et al.; May 2009
- North Dakota State University; Food Freezing Basics: Freezing Dairy Products, Eggs and Other Foods; Julie Garden-Robinson; August 2005