sau·​er·​kraut ˈsau̇(-ə)r-ˌkrau̇t How to pronounce sauerkraut (audio)
: cabbage cut fine and fermented in a brine made of its own juice with salt

Examples of sauerkraut in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Legend has it that a giant kettle of cabbage and sauerkraut would be kept simmering over a fire all morning. Jonathan Miles, Field & Stream, 15 Nov. 2023 The menu also includes sauerkraut and stroopwaffel, bangers and borscht, cotton candy and street corn. Frank E. Lockwood, Arkansas Online, 28 Oct. 2023 The group will serve bratwurst with bun, sauerkraut and pickles at 5:15 p.m. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Oct. 2023 Pomegranate molasses and gently fiery amba made with persimmons provide zing to the lamb, as do piles of pickles on the plate and sauerkraut made with Brussels sprouts. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2023 But the stand has an expansive menu, serving up turkey, corned beef and ham as well as racks of ribs and sides like baked beans, cheese fries, mac salad and sauerkraut, another Baltimore staple. Amanda Yeager, Baltimore Sun, 8 Sep. 2023 Addison Oktoberfest seems to have it all: dozens of polka bands, Bavarian folk dancers, bier games like stein hoisting, Oktoberfest Paulaner Bier, German sausage and sauerkraut, giant pretzels, strudel and other German pastries. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, 14 Sep. 2023 Probiotics can also be found in sauerkraut, kimchi, some versions of soybeans and traditional pickles. Daryl Austin, USA TODAY, 27 July 2023 Baltimore was once home to C.C. Lang & Son, a pickle and sauerkraut manufacturer established in 1881 on North Haven Street that was a major competitor to Pittsburgh’s H.J. Heinz Co. in its glory days. Amanda Yeager, Baltimore Sun, 23 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


German, from sauer sour + Kraut greens

First Known Use

1617, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sauerkraut was in 1617

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“Sauerkraut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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sau·​er·​kraut ˈsau̇(-ə)r-ˌkrau̇t How to pronounce sauerkraut (audio)
: finely cut cabbage fermented in brine

German, from sauer "sour" + Kraut "greens"

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