Cabbage Mining

Dig Up Last Year's Fermented Cabbage

10 Jan 2019

Sauerkraut is one of the oldest fermented foods that is around. Nowadays, most of the Sauerkraut is made in one big factory. But did you know it is fairly easy to make it yourself? Last year Christian Weij showed us how you can make Sauerkraut by using an old pit fermentation technique. Now it is time to reap the rewards of our hard work and learn if it worked!


Digging up Cabbage - With guidance and storytelling by Christian Weij, we excavated the cabbage that we burried in 2018 . Due to weather and time, nothing was left of the cabbages. Tia Torok

Kool Kabbage

Last year the cabbage harvest turned out a bit too good. Farmer Krispijn den Dries alone had 60.000 kilo's of surplus cabbage, that even the sauerkraut factory could not process. Last year, Mediamatic took them on for an edible art-installation that questions the value of food within our current food-systems.

What we learned and took home

After a general explanation on fermentation and the history of sauerkraut, together with Christian Weij we learned to ferment cabbage ourself by a basic fermentation technique. This resulted in our own batch of sauerkraut to take home. Afterwards, we learned about an old pit fermentation technique. Together we dug a hole in the ground and put the cabbage in. Now it is time to dig them up again! 

Christian Weij

Christain Weij is author of Verrot Lekker, and one of the biggest fermentation experts around. With Puur-e he works on sustainable food-systems. He gives workshops, does catering and organises pop-up dinners.