Saturday, September 8, 2018



Golden Gate Branch Library

5606 San Pablo Avenue

Oakland CA

With cabbage grown at Castlemont High School’s farm, the Phat Beets youth pickling team demonstrated tips and tricks to make sauerkraut. Packed with nutritious benefits, sauerkraut not only improves digestion, it also strengthens your immune system and can reduce your risk of certain diseases. For some kids, this was their first taste of the magic of fermentation!

“Come get a taste of food justice!”
Kale Yeah Kraut (cabbage, kale, garlic, carrots) and Donald Chump Kraut (cabbage, horseradish, carrots, turmeric) support both your own and the community’s well-being. Phat Beets Produce creates a healthier, more equitable food system in Oakland through their farmers markets, community supported agriculture, youth leadership and entrepreneurship programs. Using local produce from Phat Beets farms and farmers markets, Phat Beetz Pickle ‘n Catering Company produces fermented, preserved, and pickled foods. Phat Beets’ online store, also run by the youth program, carries these delicious specialty krauts and many other organically-made treats.

Phat Beets also offers a weekly ‘Beet Box’, packed with gorgeous veggies and fruits.  CSA memberships directly support local farmers of color growing pesticide-free vegetables. Each box also provides families suffering from diet-related diseases with a Phat Beets farmers’ market voucher for fresh, organic produce. Commons Archive connects neighborhood organizations like Phat Beets with the library, sharing local resources with neighbors.

Try your hand at pickling with this easy sauerkraut recipe...all you need is cabbage, salt and time!

  • Start with shredded cabbage and salt
  • Massage salt into cabbage
  • Place massaged cabbage into wide mouth mason jars
  • Place a weight on top of cabbage (a smaller mason jar filled with dried beans will work!)
  • Cover jars with cheesecloth
  • Check for 24 hours
  • Ferment for 3-10 days
  • Remove cheesecloth, replace with mason jar lids. Place in fridge.
  • Eat every day!