Pickles (was: Re: Which Contains Far Too Many Confusions...)

Paul Andinach pandinac at tartarus.uwa.edu.au
Wed Mar 28 04:22:11 EST 2001

On Tue, 27 Mar 2001, Anna Skarzynska wrote:

> Incidentally, pickled cabbage (aka sauerkraut) is made without
> vinegar, unlike most other pickled things. You shred the cabbage and
> pack it tightly into a barrel, adding layers of salt between layers
> of cabbage. You cover it with a "floating" lid and weigh it down
> with a stone and it pickles itself.

Sauerkraut was one of the foods they used to use on long sea voyages
to stave off scurvy. It is said that one captain, when he started
stocking sauerkraut for this purpose, found that the only way he could
get his men to eat the stuff was to put a sign on the barrel saying

"Hold fast to the one noble thing."

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