How to Freeze Commercially Bagged Sauerkraut

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Things You'll Need

  • Large bowl

  • Plastic freezer bags

  • Plastic containers

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.


Step 1

Remove the sauerkraut from its bag. Pour it into a large bowl.

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Step 2

Fill plastic freezer bags with the sauerkraut. Leave 3 inches of space at the top of the bags.

Step 3

Squeeze on the bags to remove the excess air. Seal the freezer bags tightly to prevent any juices from leaking.


Step 4

Label the bags with a date. Place the sealed bags inside plastic containers.

Step 5

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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