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Polish Sausage Sauerkraut Recipe & Growing Cabbage in Central Florida

This recipe is a sure crowd-pleaser and is greatly welcomed at Master Gardener potlucks. The recipe originally came from my dad’s family, but my mom improved on it!

Polish Sausage Sauerkraut

Polish Sausage Sauerkraut, Photo credit: Jan Liles, UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Master Gardener

Into a large pot (or crockpot), put:

1 Polish sausage (or summer sausage), cut into bite-sized pieces
1 can of sauerkraut, rinsed well (Refrigerated sauerkraut may be used; be sure to rinse it!)
1 can of V8 juice (You may substitute tomato juice.)

Cook for an hour on medium heat, then lower temperature to simmer until it’s time to serve. A spoonful of cottage cheese tastes great on top. Makes delicious leftovers!

Does it sound odd to think of sauerkraut in Central Florida, a place that is known for hibiscus and bougainvillea? Well, cabbage grows well here from late fall through early spring. And we can make our own sauerkraut.

Plant cabbage in your garden through the end of February in a sunny location. Cabbages grow well in the winter months and do not need protection from the cold.  They are attractive vegetables that can be integrated into your ornamental landscape beds and even grown with flowering annuals in a large cotainer.  To learn more about growing cabbage and its relatives in central Florida, check out this link:  http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/vh021

Here are a couple of links about making your own sauerkraut:

https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/hyg-5364

https://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_06/sauerkraut.html

This blog post was written by Master Gardeners Celia Beamish and Jan Liles under supervision of the Master Gardener Coordinator and Residential Horticulture Agent Anne Yasalonis.

For more information, contact UF/IFAS Extension Polk County at (863) 519-1041 or visit us online at http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/polk.  The Plant Clinic is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm to answer your gardening and landscaping questions. Visit us in person, give us a call, or email us at polkmg@ifas.ufl.edu.

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