Trip to Charlottesville and sauerkraut canning!

This past weekend was a trip out to WV again to can the sauerkraut we’d made earlier in the summer at my Aunt and Uncle’s. Of course, I wasn’t expecting snow on Halloween, but it was still a great trip! My aunt cans all the time, so it was good to get a primer in pressure canner from her rather than the internet. Not that the web isn’t great, but last year’s canning of sauerkraut was nerve wracking since we didn’t exactly know what we were doing. All the same, we apparently erred on the side of too much caution and overcooked it. Mind you, it still tastes good. But now that I know how to do it right, there is a difference!

In the end, we made about 50+ pints of red and white sauerkraut, and 7 quarts of white. Of course, that being said, my family packs it in hard, so really, one pint is about a pint and 3/4. My brother and his fiancee were also there and we split them between us. Several pints will go to different people and as gifts, the rest… well, we won’t need sauerkraut for awhile!

Its not everything, but it was the bulk of the canning!
Its not everything, but it was the bulk of the canning!

Here’s a few photos from the trip, which ended with a great visit to Monticello. I’m already dreaming about the garden I might get to have in the next five years if all our plans go right and we’re able to move out of the apartment. 🙂

The top of Cheat Mountain on Rt 250 in WV. Looks like a Christmas card, right? Except its Nov 1!!!
The top of Cheat Mountain on Rt 250 in WV. Looks like a Christmas card, right? Except its Nov 1!!!

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View of Highland County, VA
View of Highland County, VA
Monticello was empty except for us, since we were there so early. Really cool to have it to ourselves for a while.
Monticello was empty except for us, since we were there so early. Really cool to have it to ourselves for a while.

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Linden Tree at Monticello
Linden Tree at Monticello

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Love the gardens here! Even in fall/winter, they look beautiful.
Love the gardens here! Even in fall/winter, they look beautiful.
Michie's Tavern, where we ate lunch. Delicious fried chicken!!!
Michie’s Tavern, where we ate lunch. Delicious fried chicken!!!
We also stopped at Carter Mountain Orchard and picked 25 pounds of late season apples. And had fabulous Apple Cider Slushies.
We also stopped at Carter Mountain Orchard and picked 25 pounds of late season apples. And had fabulous Apple Cider Slushies.
View from the pumpkin patch at the orchard.
View from the pumpkin patch at the orchard.
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5 thoughts on “Trip to Charlottesville and sauerkraut canning!

  1. I want to know more about this canning of sauerkraut – I currently have a few jars of it fermenting on my counter. I’ve not done much preserving of cabbage until this year.
    It was an absolutely beautiful day here Sunday, wasn’t it? We were up at Monticello late one summer afternoon with friends when a thunderstorm broke out. Afterwards, it seems everyone else had cleared out and we had the place to ourselves. Definitely a lovely way to enjoy Monticello if ever given the chance.

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    1. vee1331

      Canning Sauerkraut is relatively easy. You use the pressure canner, and can at 5 pounds pressure for 10 minutes. I tried sauerkraut in jars on the counter once – it didn’t go well. Now I stick with the family event once a year where we make it in 5 gallon crocks. But it makes TONS of kraut. (as you can see!)

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