Traditional Food and Drink

In the German culture, there are various typical meals. For example, knoedel, spaetzle, eisbein and many more. However, the most unique meal of all is “Sauerkraut”. It is a typical German fermented salad. The following recipe states how it is made:-
• 2 cups sauerkraut (1 lb. can)
• 1/2 c. sugar
• 1/2 c. thinly sliced celery
• 1/2 c. thin strips green pepper
• 1/2 c. shredded carrot
• 1/4 c. chopped onion

1. Cut sauerkraut strands in shorter pieces if required. Stir in sugar and let stand 1/2 hour. Add remaining ingredients. Cover bowl tightly and chill in refrigerator at least 12 hours before serving.
2. Makes 8 servings (1/2 cup each).
It can be served either hot or cold as a condiment of hot dogs or bratwurst, in a Reuben sandwich, with roasted pork, pork chops, or ribs, as a side dish, in salads or in soup. At home, it is served in a bowl and we then take as much as we want and put it onto our plates.

Usually, you drink special Bavarian Beer along with Sauerkraut. If anyone still has space in their stomachs after sauerkraut, then a typical German would eat jelly with vanilla sauce called “wackel pudding”. It is usually eaten during autumn and winter-when it gets colder. Also, it is commonly digested in celebrations such as the Oktoberfest.

Finally, the fact that when you swallow a piece of glass, then you should eat sauerkraut because this salad layers itself around the glass, thus not injuring the stomach.
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